Wistaston 35th SWC Scout Group's guard of honour outside Memorial Hall

Wistaston Memorial Hall and Community Centre was filled to capacity as the village remembered those who made the ultimate sacrifice in two world wars.

A guard of honour was organised by Beavers, Cubs and Scouts from the 35th South West Cheshire Scout group, who welcomed councillors from Cheshire East and Wistaston.

The Service of Remembrance was taken by four local ministers – Rev Ken Sambrook and Rev Mike Turnbull (St Mary’s Church, Wistaston), Father Martin Moran (Oblate Retreat Centre) and Rev Steve Ingrouille (Wells Green Methodist Church).

The impressive poppy arrangement on the stage was displayed by Elizabeth Russell, of Wistaston Flower Club.

The names of 16 men from Wistaston who perished during World War 2, were read by Barbara Brereton.

The Wells Green Church choir, led by their musical director Myra Wood, added quality to the music and hymns.

Participants in this years Service of Remembrance

Jack Gresty played ‘The Last Post’ and ‘Reveille’.

His great uncle Radio Officer Derek Aubrey Gresty died at Bari in Italy on 3rd May 1944, aged 24 years.

A wreath was placed at the front of the building by the hall’s President, John Cooke, accompanied by Cub George Edge-Robinson.

He placed a cross in memory of Lieutenant Commander Roy Berryman Edwards DSO, sent by his daughter Mrs Sylvia Hammond, from Kent.

The hall’s chairman, John White, paid tribute to one of Wistaston’s 16 fallen heroes – Lieutenant Ronald Arthur Hulse, Royal Artillery, who died in Egypt on 17th June 1944, aged 29.

He lived at ‘Oaklands’ on Manor Avenue, Wistaston and attended Nantwich & Acton Grammar School (now Malbank School).

The collection at the service was £287 for the Royal British Legion, which was represented by Alan Brereton.

Memorial Hall plaque, Wistaston

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