22nd Oct 2014: ‘Shot At Dawn, a WW1 Tragedy’ by Tony Barratt

The Macclesfield Group of the Family History Society of Cheshire presents a talk about James Holland, who was shot at dawn during the First World War for cowardice, to be held at 7.30pm on 22nd October at St John’s Church, Earlsway, Macclesfield SK11 8RS.

Macclesfield’s ‘Shot at Dawn’ Memorial at Park Green

There will also be a display of members WW1 information and memorabilia.

Admission £1 including refreshments.

Entry through the side door (off the car park); doors open at 7:15pm.





The FHSC WW1 display included a copy of the commemorative supplement from the Macclesfield Times, published on 23rd September 1921 after the unveiling of the Park Green War Memorial. It included photos of over 300 of Macclesfield’s fallen servicemen.

The reproduction was produced by the Macclesfield Great War Commemoration group in collaboration with the Western Front Association.


Great War memorabilia was displayed by Stephen Bradley and Rosie Rowley.


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Another display showed extracts from local newspapers, and a copy of the Gallipoli supplement from “The Field”.

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One member displayed his research into the life of his uncle, Joseph Bailey, of Manchester, who served with the 1/7th Battalion Lancashire Fusiliers in Gallipoli in 1915. He was injured in late 1915, and treated for his wounds in St Patrick’s Hospital, Malta. He seems to have recovered from his wounds but then died of appendicitis on 25 March 1916 at Tigné Hospital, Malta. The full story of Joseph can be read on this website.

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