Over one thousand servicemen from Macclesfield and the surrounding villages lost their lives during the First World War, and thousands of lives were irrevocably changed.

The Macclesfield and District WW1 Centenary Committee is organising events and initiatives in the Macclesfield area over the next four years under the banner of  ‘Macclesfield Reflects…’ to commemorate the centenary of the conflict.

Macclesfield Reflects project members are researching the history of the Macclesfield area during the early 1900s to discover the stories of those who lived or died during the Great War and ensure they are not forgotten.

Information is being added every week, so if you don’t find anything about your ancestor, please check back later – or why not follow us on Twitter or Facebook (see Home Page)?


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The Macclesfield and District WW1 Centenary Committee includes representatives from the following groups:

Macclesfield Town Council
The Macclesfield Town Centre Manager
ABF The Soldiers Charity
The Cheshire Villages Great War Society
The Imperial War Museum (National Inventory of War Memorials)
The Kings School, Macclesfield
The Macclesfield Group of the Family History Society of Cheshire
The Macclesfield War Graves Project
The Royal British Legion
The Society of Friends (Quakers)
The Western Front Association



Research: Rosie Rowley, Harry Carlisle
Photographs: Rosie Rowley, Geoff Archer
Web design and data entry: Rosie Rowley

Thanks to Macclesfield Silk Museums, The Family History Society of Cheshire, Cheshire Archives and Macclesfield Library for the use of their research facilities.

Thanks to Forces War Records and Find My Past for providing access to their websites for research.