More Local Men - Not Locally Honoured
In the course of this project the names of hundreds of men have been discovered who died in the War and had a connection with the Stockport area, yet they are not commemorated on a local “civic” War Memorial. For many, the reason seems clear – they lived outside the immediate area and only came into town to enlist into the forces. But, for many more, it is less obvious. The passage of time means that it can never be known why a man was not included on one of the local Memorials but these are some possible reasons:
- whilst a man had been born in the area, the family had moved away before the War
- his surviving family moved away after his death, but before the Memorials were commissioned.
- there was no-one left to remember him – his connection with the area being as a single man, perhaps having only briefly worked in the area or his close family had also died by the time the local Memorial was commissioned.
- the family did not come to live in the area until after the War. The man may be commemorated on a Memorial near his actual home.
- the family never saw the “invitation” to submit names.
- it was thought that the man didn’t “qualify” under whatever the criteria set by the “organising committee” for the particular Memorial.
- the family simply didn’t want him remembered in this way
- the Memorial was too closely connected with the Anglican church for his family (many “village” memorials are situated outside the local parish church). Or, on the other side of the same coin, the man’s name was excluded because the family was insufficiently connected with the Anglican church.
- he was commemorated on a Memorial inside his church and this was sufficient for the family. Or it was believed he was being commemorated on another Memorial.
- his widow had remarried and, for whatever reason, choose not to commemorate him.
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