Macclesfield Post Office

Imperial War Museum Reference 57617.

At the time of the Great War, Macclesfield Post Office was situated at Park Green, on the corner of Sunderland Street (the building on the right of the picture below, with arched door and windows).

 

Park Green and Post Office 1904

 

The Macclesfield Post Office Roll of Honour is now believed to be lost. It was an oak framed roll of honour, bearing the names of the members of staff who served.

The roll of honour was unveiled at the main Macclesfield Post Office in Park Green on 4th April 1917, and a report of the unveiling was printed in the Macclesfield Times of 5th April 1917:

 

POST OFFICE ROLL OF HONOUR

A beautifully designed oak framed roll of honour, bearing the names of the members of the staff who have joined the colours, was unveiled at the Macclesfield Post Office, Park Green, yesterday. The Postmaster (Mr G W Skakle) presided, supported by the Medical Officer (Dr Somerville, J.P.) and Mr T Champion (Superintendent of the Macclesfield division). Dr Somerville said the general staff of the post office at normal times numbered 69. Of that number, 46 were serving with the colours, which was equal to 70 percent of the entire staff of 98 percent of the eligible number. That was a splendid record. Members of the staff were serving in practically every branch of H.M. forces and nearly every part of the globe. Dr Somerville then unveiled the roll of honour and the National Anthem was sung and three cheers given. The roll was surmounted by the Union Jack, and underneath was placed a beautiful wreath in memory of two fallen members of staff – Second-Lieut. E. McKay and Private B. Arnold.
The following names are inscribed:

 

 F Bradley T G Griffiths  F Scanlon
B Arnold (killed in action) R H Gallagher W Travis
E Bullock T Hatton E Williams
G W Bennett W H Johnson J G Whittaker
J L Brown D A Jones R G Townshend
W Brown S T Orme  T Peers
A L Coombes R Waterhouse  F Knight
W H Carter E E Palin  T Hodkinson
 R Chadwick G H Lees J E Hall
 J Davies  P J Lannaghan  A Leah
 G A Digman J Leigh H P Toole
E H Elkin E McKay (killed in action) E Ashness
 F Forbes W Mellor J Clowes
 J J Fisher E Morton (Military Medallist)  H Goodwin
F Frondlin J Rayson  A L Townshend
T Gleave R M Rye A C Potts
A Bowyer

 

At the close of the ceremony, a medal was presented to Mr J W Ball in recognition of long service in the employ of the Post Office.

 

It is possible that more names were added to the Roll after the unveiling.

Those named on the Post Office roll of honour who have been researched are listed below: