20211015 Book Publication “They shall not grow old…” by Zoe Chaddock
Culcheth Local History Group Publications.
Zoe Chaddock a member of Culcheth Local History Group has spent many years researching the persons listed
on the war memorial at Newchurch Parish Church in Culcheth.
The resultant book was published in 2020.
“They shall not grow old as we that are left grow old”
with a subtitle of “A Memorial to Culcheth's War Dead”.
The author Zoe Chaddock has used original sources from:
Wigan Archives and Local Studies;
Warrington Archives, Culture Warrington;
Culcheth Local History Group,
to unearth the stories and details of those on the war memorial.
The book is well illustrated with personal photographs and news cuttings of the time and other memorabilia relevant
to the persons such as regimental badges and family items.
Drawings by Fiona Finchett.
Drawings of Newchurch Parish Church with its war memorial are on the front and back covers of the book are by
the artist Fiona Finchett who was responsible for the illustrations and design of the book.
The book covers are reproduced below.
Photo of Book front cover.
The book takes its title from the well known poem by lancastrian Lawrence Binyon’s poem, where lines 13 to 16 comprising the fourth of seven verses are in use during commemoration services to those who died in war.
[Robert Laurence Binyon, CH (10 August 1869 – 10 March 1943)]
Lawrence Binyon’s poem
They shall grow not old, as we that are left grow old;
Age shall not weary them, nor the years condemn.
At the going down of the sun and in the morning
We will remember them. (lines 13–16)
The book lists thirty four war dead. Thirty from World War I inscribed on the memorial and
four war dead buried in Newchurch Church yard of soldiers who died post war between November 1918 and September 1921.
In appendices there are:
Appendix ii: A photo and note on the Culcheth Cottage Homes, for children from the Salford Workhouse and Infirmary
during attempts to improve the lot of pauper children in the Salford area.
Appendix i: A note on the World War I war medals issued to those who served during the war.
Names on the War Memorial.
The war memorial commemorates the residents of Culcheth who were killed or missing in
World War I (30 names) and World War II (13 names).
Culcheth War memorial photo 2 CC by SA Alexander P Kapp 9096110113204320
Picture of war memorial
The named persons in the book.
“They shall not grow old as we that are left grow old” are:
The listed names in the book:
Thomas Henry Boardman
James Booke (Book)
Jack Richard Charnock
Bertram Edgar Clare
Joshua Richard Cleworth
Charles Henry Cryer
Frank Falkner *
Joseph Stanley Halliwell
John William Henshaw
George Locke *
Arthur Monks *
Thomas James Pownall
Hugh Arthur Wood *
[ * Persons buried in Newchurch Churchyard.]
Photo showing the names.
Culcheth War memorial WW1 fallen photo names JPG JPG
Back cover of book "They shall not grow old"
Back cover of Book.
Copies of the book are for sale at the local Culcheth bookshop,
“Forget-me-not toys and books”, where the staff will be most pleased to help you.
Data for purchase.
Bookshop Price £5.00; (GBP5.00); No VAT applicable in UK.
Post and packing extra.
Please enquire by email to “Forget-Me-Not Toys and Books”, for delivery costs to UK addresses, and
for postal delivery DDU (Delivery Duty and Tax Unpaid) to non-UK places.
Forget-Me-Not Toys and Books,
Upper Floor, CPS Centre, Common Lane, Culcheth, Warrington, WA3 4EH, England
Phone: +44 (0) 1925 766 702
Messaging: a message can be sent from within their Facebook page under ‘send message’ .
Other reference websites:
The Commonwealth War Graves Commission
The Lancashire Infantry Museum Summary:
The extensive displays, archive and military history library illustrate the fascinating story of the East, South and Loyal North Lancashire Regiments and their antecedents from earliest foundation in 1689 to the achievements of the ‘Lancashire Lads’ of the 21st Century.
In all no less than 120 separate units are recorded, including the 59 battalions formed by the antecedent regiments during the First World War, and all associated Militia, Rifle Volunteers, Territorials, Home Guard and Cadet units.
The Regimental Collection also has permanent displays in affiliated museums throughout the County Palatine of Lancashire, including:
Warrington Museum Archives.