Appeal to find and honour forgotten wartime heroes

Tribute: Ann Weston, Molly Weston, three, father Rodney Chapman, Brian Walsh and Mavis Walsh
Tribute: Ann Weston, Molly Weston, three, father Rodney Chapman, Brian Walsh and Mavis Walsh

VILLAGERS who want to honour the fallen of the Second World War need your help .

The war memorial inside St Andrew’s church, Stainland, currently lists around 70 of the fallen from World War One.

But parishoners, with the help of priest Father RodneyChapman, want to add the rest of the parish’s heroes to the memorial. They have compiled a list of 16 names of those who died in World War Two – many who did not make it home.

The heroes are buried across the world – some in Athens, Annaba in North Africa, Burma and Singapore. It is hoped this will give them local recognition for making the ultimate sacrifice.

But the organisers want to know if any other names of heroes from the Stainland parish – which covered Stainland, Sowood and Holywell Green – should be added.

Fr Rodney said: “We already have some names but we want to make sure we have all of them.”

The village has no war memorial. Instead, money was raised to buy a board for inside the church and the nearby playing field was bought in memory of the dead.

The idea came from current parishioners who lost family in the wars.

“People with friends who died or brothers were sad there was nowhere they could see their names.”

They expect it to cost up to £300 to add another section with the names to the board.