First-hand recollection of The Great War has been lost. The last soldiers who fought in it are dead. Now, very few of the generation who witnessed the War, but were too young to take part, are still alive. If we want to understand Hollingworth-in-Longdendale today and in the future, we need to know and remember what happened yesterday. This poppy trail contains some of the stories of the Hollingworth people whose lives were touched and changed by War.
Lest We Forget
The poppies on the map above represent the addresses of the Hollingworth men remembered. Scroll or zoom the map to see locations. Click or tap on a poppy to find out more about the soldier. Click or tap on the cap badge to see more images, where available. The icon at the top left displays a full list of soldier names.
In total, about 360 men from the village, some of them brothers, joined up to serve in the Great War. Their children grew up in the shadow of battle, missing lost or absent fathers; their wives, mothers and sweethearts kept the wheels of industry turning, becoming the breadwinners as the men went off to fight.
The majority of Hollingworth men served in the Infantry. They served in the whole range of theatres of war and took part in almost every major battle fought by the British army.
Forty men are named on Hollingworth War Memorial; a further 49 are remembered elsewhere. The men may have been killed in action or died of wounds; they may have died of illness while serving or after the Armistice.
Hollingworth War Memorial was unveiled in March 1926. It was erected by public subscription to permanently benefit the district and commemorate those who fought for honour, freedom and safety. Through the efforts of The Friends of Hollingworth, the War Memorial now has Listed Building status; with the help of a generous grant from the Heritage Lottery Fund, and with the help and support of Tameside Borough Council, it can be re-dedicated, preserved and maintained.