Macclesfield Post Office

Imperial War Museum Reference 57617 (Roll of Honour). The Post Office War Memorial was not listed in the IWM catalogue at the time of writing.

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

 

Macclesfield Post Office had both a Roll of Honour, listing the names of employees who served as well as those who died, and a War Memorial plaque, listing those who died. Both memorials are believed to be lost.

The Macclesfield Post Office Roll of Honour was an oak framed roll, unveiled at the main Macclesfield Post Office in Park Green on 4th April 1917. 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.

The Post Office war memorial plaque, listing the names of those who died, was unveiled on Sunday 3 July 1921. A report of the unveiling was printed in the Macclesfield Courier on 9 July 1921:

THE POST OFFICE WAR MEMORIAL – IMPRESSIVE UNVEILING CEREMONY

Sunday saw a sad and solemn ceremony at the Post Office on Park Green, when the whole of the staff and their relatives congregated to witness the unveiling of the memorial to those of their colleagues who paid the supreme sacrifice in the late war. Nearly a hundred were present in the sorting room, and the Postmaster (Mr W Inch) presided, supported by Mrs Inch, the Mayor (Alderman J G Frost, JP) and the Mayoress, the Vicar of Macclesfield (Rev H E Stevens, MA), Lieutenant-Colonel Cronshaw, DSO, TD, and Mr and Mrs and Miss Cope…

The memorial hangs in the sorting office. It takes the form of a photograph of the eight members of staff who fell in the war, and at the bottom of the frame is the inscription: “To the memory of our comrades, who sacrificed their lives in the Great European War, 1914-1918.” Immediately under the picture is a brass tablet mounted on oak and the following engraved inscription: “To the memory of the men of the Post Office staff who fell in the great war, 1914-1918: B Arnold, F Bradley, W Brown, T Gleave, T Hodkinson, A Leah, E McKay, S T Orme.”

Floral tributes from the following mourners were then hung around the memorial: Mrs T Hodkinson, her daughters Gladys and Doris, and her niece Nellie; Mrs Orme, Mrs Arnold, Mrs Leah, Mrs Brown, Mr and Mrs Horobin (relatives of the late Mr Arnold), Mr J Allen (postman of Rushton Spencer, who was engaged at Macclesfield during the war); and finally a beautiful laurel wreath from the Postmaster and staff…

 

 

Those named on the Post Office War Memorial or Roll of Honour who have been researched are below: