The project was formally launched on Sunday 21st September 2014 with a display of the research conducted to that point and also a service in St Werburgh’s Church.
A link to the same article in Cheadle Post is HERE
Below is the press release that was in local papers the following week:
Last Sunday saw the village of Kingsley and its wider parish coming together to commemorate the centenary of the start of the first world war.
The day was chosen as it was on the eve of the centenary of the parish’s first fatality when George Harris Smith lost his life when his ship was sunk in the north sea whilst serving with the Royal Navy.
A very fitting and at times moving service in St Werburgh’s Church was conducted by the Reverend Carol Richardson with over a hundred persons present including school children from the local school who gave their thoughts on what the war meant to them.
A cross of candles was lit by the congregation with readings and the poem In Flanders Field by John McCrae recited during the act of commemoration.
This saw the 27 names on the villages war memorials read out plus the addition of Leonard Edwards who died as a result of his war service but seems to have been missed out.
Present were descendants of some of those remembered as well as the small committee that have been working on the event for the last few months.
Either side of the church service the village hall was open and again over a hundred people visited a display of research conducted into the 28 from the area who are on the war memorials with of course the exception being Leonard Edwards.
Some of the families bought photographs and other mementos of their descendants and shared them with the community.
Martin Clewlow who is a descendant of James Millward from Kingsley Moor (who survived the war) and featured in a Cheadle and Tean Times article earlier this year attended and put on a display of memorabilia from the war which was of great interest to both young and old alike.
As a result of event several families provided additional information and lines of enquiry to the committee in their quest to document as much as possible about the lives of those who died and their links with Kingsley.
Said Martyn Hordern one of the organisers ‘today was a real community event and one that allowed us to pause and reflect in a most appropriate way, having spent several months researching these men it was different this time when their names were read out’ he added ‘its ninety four years this week since Leonard Edwards died as the result of his war service and today was the first time his name has ever been read out’
The research and display created by the committee will now be loaned to St Werburgh’s school to allow the children studying the war to better understand its impact on the local community.