The Wistaston Memorial Hall and Community Centre was filled to capacity on Sunday 10th November 2013, as the village remembered those who made the ultimate sacrifice in two world wars.
A guard of honour was organised by Beavers, Cubs and Scouts from the 35th South West Cheshire Scout group, who welcomed councillors from Cheshire East and Wistaston.
The Service of Remembrance was taken by four local ministers – Rev Ken Sambrook and Rev Mike Turnbull (St Mary’s Church, Wistaston), Father Martin Moran (Oblate Retreat Centre) and Rev Steve Ingrouille (Wells Green Methodist Church).
The impressive poppy arrangement on the stage was displayed by Mrs Elizabeth Russell (Wistaston Flower Club).
The names of the sixteen men from Wistaston who perished during World War 2, were respectfully read by Mrs Barbara Brereton.
The Wells Green Church choir, led by their musical director Mrs Myra Wood, added quality to the music and hymns.
Jack Gresty played ‘The Last Post’ and ‘Reveille’; his great uncle Radio Officer Derek Aubrey Gresty died at Bari, Italy on 3rd May 1944 aged 24 years.
A wreath was placed at the front of the building by the hall’s President, John Cooke, accompanied by Cub George Edge-Robinson, who placed a cross in memory of Lieutenant Commander Roy Berryman Edwards DSO, sent by his daughter Mrs Sylvia Hammond, from Kent.
A tribute was paid to one of Wistaston’s sixteen fallen heroes – Driver Robert Walker Hilton, by the hall’s Chairman, John White. Driver Hilton served with the Royal Corps of Signals and was killed in a training accident on Salisbury Plain on Monday 8th September 1941, aged 25 years. After his funeral service at St Andrews Church, Crewe taken by Rev Richardson, Robert Hilton was buried at the Crewe (Coppenhall) Cemetery. He left a widow Elsie and young daughter Anne at their home in Lewis Street, Crewe. At the Wistaston service was Driver Hilton’s son Robert, with his cousin Susan. Robert was born two months after his father was killed. The family originally lived at Haig House, Park Drive, Wistaston.
The collection at the service was £357.21 for the Royal British Legion, which was represented by Alan Brereton and Stuart Kay.
Next year’s Service of Remembrance will pay tribute to Lieutenant Ronald Arthur Hulse, Royal Artillery, who lived in Manor Avenue, Wistaston and was a former pupil at the Nantwich & Acton County Grammar School, who perished in Egypt on 17th June 1944, aged 29 years.
To view a collection of photographs taken by Jonathan White from the service click HERE
Story and photograph by Jonathan White