By Major Andy Pilling. Company Commander, No 3 (Somme) Company
On Saturday 19 March cadets and staff from Stockport Detachment worked on the former location of the Brunswick Wesleyan Chapel and graveyard. The site is now part of the Portwood roundabout in Stockport and all that remains is the boundary wall and the footprint of the old chapel. Gone, due to safety, are all the grave stones. Including the graves stones of six soldiers from the First World War.
The cadets in No 3 (Somme) Company have adopted to look after the site, keeping it maintained in the memory of the soldiers and others who are still buried there. Supported by the Friends of Stockport Cemeteries.
The cadets spent the day clearing weeds and litter, whilst the staff mowed the grass.
All the hard work is to prepare the grounds for an open day. The open day will see the presentation of a "Tommy" soldier figure to mark the area that the soldiers are buried.
The cadets will continue to look after and maintain the grounds. The addition of the "Tommy" will help to highlight the significance of the area to the 1000's of people who drive around the Portwood roundabout every day.
Between 11.00 am and 1.00 pm on Saturday the 2nd April 2022 there will be an open day at the grounds of the former chapel for the unveiling of the "Tommy" and the opportunity to learn about the history of the site.