1914 - 1918
2014 marked the 100th anniversary of the start of the First World War. During this war over 37million people died including almost 6 million allied military personnel. At one battle on one day there were 60 thousand allied casualties.
About 1,050 WW1 soldiers have been identified who have some connection with Bollington. Some lived all their lives here (apart from the war years), others only briefly. Some worked in the Bollington mills, but lived in the surrounding area. You can find their brief personal histories on this site; where they were born, who their parents were, where they lived, how they served their country.
Click on the photo to the left to access a website to search for a relative or someone you may have known
You may also wish to see and listen to the video of the Macclesfield Youth Brass Band playing at The Last Post Ceremony at the Menin Gate in Ypres, Belgium.
Each night at 8pm the traffic stops and a silence descends upon the magnificent monument. The Band played evocative pieces - Silver Hill and Elgar's Nimrod. The Band was moved and honoured to play at this memorable event during their tour of Belgium during 2011. About a thousand people were present and there were not many dry eyes.
Many of Bollington Brass members have graduated from this Youth band.