As today is the 100th anniversary of the end of World War I we remembered the 156 from Frodsham who fell in that conflict in the commemoration at St Laurence church.
It was both poignant and moving.
All 156 names were read out along with the date they died and where they died. We heard short biographical details about some of them.
One can only imagine the fear felt by local families as hardly a week would go by without someone being killed. Relatively few men were killed in 1914 and 1915. However the final 3 years the casualty rates mounted.
That fear must have escalated dramatically as casualties mounted during some the great WWI offensives. For example July 1916 - coinciding with the opening phases of the Battle of the Somme saw 11 Frodsham men die.
1918 was a dreadful year for Frodsham
From 22 March - 30 April 1918 - coinciding with the start of the German Spring Offensive some 23 Frodsham men killed. The final campaign on the Western front - known as the Hundred Days Offensive (from August - November 1918) saw some 22 men from Frodsham killed.
|candles were lit, then snuffed out for each of the 156 men and one woman from Frodsham killed in WWI|
|There were two remembrance events held at 11am. Lynn laid the wreath for us both at the top of the hill. I had the honour of laying the wreath at St Laurence church.|
|My daughter planted a cross in remembrance of my Great Uncle William Watterson . Willie was an Able Seaman. He was only 17 when he was killed on board the SS GA Savage - sunk off Tenby by a German U Boat.|