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Our second commemoration event took place on Saturday 7th November 2015.
This year we told the story of two brothers, William and Arthur Scott, who went to war and died within two months of each other. The eldest sons of Arthur and Sarah Scott, they lived in Portwood, Stockport and both worked for Cheshire Lines Railway, as did their father.
Private William Scott, 1/6th Battalion, CHESHIRE Regiment.
Willie had been in the Territorial Army for three years prior to the war and was mobilised in August 1914.
As a result of the many battles William endured he was invalided back to England in April 1915; sadly, he died at Shorncliffe Military camp in Kent on 19th June 1915.
The young soldier’s body was brought home to Stockport for a full military funeral at Willow Grove Cemetery, the service being attended by William’s brother, Arthur.
Private Arthur Scott, 6th Battalion, YORK & LANCASTER Regiment.
Arthur, a single man aged 24, signed up for service in September 1914, enlisting in the 6th Battalion of the York and Lancaster Regiment.
The Battalion left Liverpool on 1st July 1915, landing in Turkey on 7th August. Arthur’s war lasted just two weeks; for he was killed on the 21st August aged 25, amid the carnage that was Gallipoli. It had been just 2 months since William’s death.
Arthur has no known grave but his name is on the Helles Memorial and his death is recorded in Willow Grove Cemetery. He was awarded 1914/15 Star, the British War Medal and the Victory Medal.
A century later sixteen members of the boys family attended the service of commemoration at Willow Grove.
Mrs Enid Wade, neice, Mr Brian Wade, Mr Alan Wade, great nephew, Ms Caitlan Wade, Mrs Karen Butcher, great neice, Mr Paul Butrcher, Mr James Butcher great great nephew, Mrs Joyce Adcock neice, Mr John Adcock great nephew, Mrs Beryl Wiliams neice, Mr John Williams, Mrs Hazel Tabernor neice, Mrs S Patel, great neice, Mrs Julie Thurston great neice, Mr Kevin Thurston, Mrs Vera Bramhall.
The Vermeulen family also attended the event.
The Mayor also unveiled a plaque for members of the family of Soldat Joannes Franciscus Vermeulen whose story was told at last year’s commemoration event.
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