Hurdsfield Holy Trinity Church

Imperial War Museum References 13000 and 13001.

 

Hurdsfield Holy Trinity Church from the south, c.1919

THE BUILDING

Hurdsfield Holy Trinity Church is an Anglican church, built in 1839 to serve the township of Hurdsfield. The church has an adjacent churchyard where burials still take place.

The churchyard includes the graves of Privates Fred Ashness (died 13 Oct 1918), William Ryder (died 12 Dec 1918), John William Heard (died 26 Apr 1941), and a Belgian soldier, Georges Joseph Deleau (died 29 Nov 1918).

Parish registers which are still in use are held by the church; completed registers are held by Cheshire Archives, and copies are held by Macclesfield library and the Family History Society of Cheshire (FHSC). Monumental Inscriptions were mapped and transcribed by the Macclesfield Ferrets in the 1980s and published by the FHSC; a copy is available in Macclesfield Library.

The location of the church can be seen on this map.

 

THE MEMORIALS

A memorial tablet lists the names of eighteen church members who lost their lives in the Great War:

THE GREAT WAR 1914-1919
IN REMEMBRANCE OF

A ASHCROFT                      J DAKIN
T F AULT                       R HENSHAW
F BARLOW                 T HODKINSON
S BIRTLES                       B HUDSON
G R F BLACKWELL          L KNOWLES
H BRADLEY              G W PICKERING
G BRADSHAW                  L C SMALE
A DAKIN                           N TAYLOR
G DAKIN                          E WRIGHT

“DEATH IS SWALLOWED UP IN VICTORY”

 

 

The wood-framed Roll of Honour holds five panels, four of which list the names of parishioners and others who attended the church who served in the Great War. The heading panel notes that these names are an addition to the members of the congregation commemorated by the above tablet.

The fifth centre panel, with white printing on a black background, lists the names of sixteen men who died in the war.

 

 

H ANDERSON M DAVIDSON J JACKSON E POTTS
E ASHNESS D DAVIES S JACKSON H POTTS
C ASHWORTH H DAVIES W JACKSON W A POTTS
R G ASTON J W DAWSON J JONES D ROSE
E D G ASTON W J DAWSON W KENDRICK A S ROBINSON
J BAKER J DEAN F W KNOWLES P SCOTT
T BANCROFT W DAKIN “Greater love hath H B KNOWLES J SCOWCROFT
H BARBER G F ELKIN no man than this N M LAMB F SCRAGG
A BARLOW J EMERY that a man lay G H LANE H SHELDON
W BARLOW A E ETCHELLS down his life for A LATCHFORD F SHELLEY
F BERRY H S ETCHELLS his friends” C A LATCHFORD N SHUFFLEBOTHAM
J H BERRY E EVANS St John XV. 13. H LAWTON T SIMISTER
W BIBBY A FARR H LEE T SLACK
G F BLOOR D FARR W LOCKETT E SLATER
W F BLOOR E F FEARN v — v — v F W LYNCH H SMITH
A J BOSTOCK F FORWARD L S MACDONALD T STANWAY
J M BOSTOCK F GARFORTH J MALBURN J W SUTTON
W BOSTOCK J GARSIDE F MARTIN S G SUTTON
Wm BOSTOCK H J R GIBBINS S BAILEY H MASON W A SUTTON
A E BRACEGIRDLE F GIBBON W H COLLIER S MELLOR F SWINDELLS
C BRACEGIRDLE B GOULDEN E CONNOLLY G H MOTTERSHEAD J TIMMINS
T BRADLEY T GRICE J C CROWDER H MOORE H TURNER
J BRIDGE Y GRICE A S FARR E MOSS E WAKEFIELD
J BROADHURST G HAMPSON S GIBBON H MOSS J WARBURTON
G BROUGH St HALL G GRIMSHAW F NEWTON S WHITEHURST
T BULLOCK H HALL R HUNT M NOBLE W WHITTAKER
S R BURGESS S HALL H ROBINSON W NOBLE Hd WILLIAMSON
W CHAPPELL J HEPPLESTONE S ROSE G OAKES Hy WILLIAMSON
W R CHARLESWORTH J HOLLINSHEAD W H ROSE W B PARRAMORE D WILSON
H CHEW D HOLT S SWINDELLS W PARRAMORE W WILSON
J CLEAVER H HOOLEY E S WELLS T PEGG W H WILSON
F CLEWES H HORNBY W KITCHEN A PICKERING A WORTH
T F CLIFFE W E HORNBY F NEEDHAM L PICKERING A WRIGHT
H COOPER E C F HOWARD W POMFRET W PICKERING P WRIGHT
R CRUTCHLEY A HULME J PLANT Wd WRIGHT
Jas DAKIN H G HULME F J POTTS Wm WRIGHT

 

Those from the Church who have been researched are named below: