Bygone news: 1 Dec 1916 – The Macclesfield Times

News from the Macclesfield Times and East Cheshire Observer of Friday 1st December 1916.

Roll of Honour




We regret to have to record the deaths of three more local soldiers – Private Albert Harding, Private Dennis Moss, and Private Frank Ratcliffe. They were well-known in Macclesfield and had only been at the front a few weeks… Private Joseph Sutton, Cheshire Regt, son of Mr and Mrs F Sutton, 44 Commercial Road, who was reported missing the day following the landing at Suvla Bay… is now presumed to be dead… Another Military Medal has been won for Macclesfield, the recipient being Lance-Corporal Arthur Beard, who was one of the 100 Territorials who… transferred to another battalion of the Cheshires for active service in France. Lance-Corporal Beard is the eleventh local winner of this distinction.



Mrs Ratcliffe, 4 Half Street, Macclesfield, has received unofficial news of the death in action of her youngest son, Private Frank Ratcliffe, of the Cheshire Regt…. contained in the following letter from Sergt Fitzgerald: I am sorry to inform you of the death of your son… yesterday (November 23rd). He died a happy death, and may he rest in peace. I am his platoon sergeant… He was well-liked by all… Your son was buried in one of the nicest cemeteries in France. Private Ratcliffe was the son of the late Mr William Ratcliffe, who formerly carried on a grocer’s business in Mill Lane. He was a native of Macclesfield, where he was born 22 years ago, and received his education at ST George’s Day School. The young soldier was prominently connected with the Bourne Primitive Methodist Chapel. He attended the Sunday School from boyhood, was a member of the choir, and afterwards became a teacher in the school. Prior to enlistment two years ago, Private Ratcliffe was employed at Messrs Carlisle’s paper works. He was drafted out to France on August 28th, 1916.



… Lance-Corporal Arthur Beard, Chapel Grove, off Roe Street, son of Mr and Mrs Fred Beard, Shaw Street, Macclesfield, has been awarded the Military medal for bravery on the field. He is one of the 100 local Territorials who transferred from the 7th Cheshires to the 5th for service in France, where he has been for nearly two years, with only one furlough. He has now been drafted into another battalion of the Cheshires and is a bomb-thrower. Lance-Corporal Beard… is 32 years of age, was educated at the Duke Street National School, and attended Christ Church. Prior to enlisting in September 1914 he was employed in the silk mill of Messrs F Hall & Co., Sutton, and formerly worked for Alderman Peter Davenport, J.P. The Lance-Corporal has a wife and one child. His brother, Harry Beard, is serving in France with the Cheshires…



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