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Wythenshawe FM presents the story of local heroes who fought, died, or survived the horrors of the bloody conflict that shook the world one hundred years ago. This hour-long special marks the centenary of Britain’s entry into the First World War in August 1914 and it features music and poems which capture the mood of the era.

Wythenshawe FM teamed up with the Rector of Northenden, Greg Forster – whose Parish covered the whole of Wythenshawe at the time of The Great War – and he shared with us his research into the 24 soldiers of the Great War who are remembered in St Wilfrid’s Churchyard.

Alongside the stories of the servicemen, we also portray the researcher himself, the Reverend Greg Forster who, as well as being busy in parish duties, research, and scholarship, also finds time to mow the churchyard and even dig some of the graves himself.

So sit back and enjoy this slice of local life and history which will be broadcast at the following times:


Wednesday 24th Dec    12 noon & 1pm



Captain The Reverend Francis Cole Lowry Hamilton, Rector of Northenden, who served as an army chaplain. (See Photo Above)










Soldiers of the First World War at ease along the banks of the River Mersey, Northenden, in August 1914


Copy of Military Hospital








The Military Hospital in Northenden


ploughing, 1914-18


Digging for victory in the First World War in the churchyard at St Wilfrid’s Church in Northenden


Cpl. J. W. Leigh


A memorial to one of the fallen in The Great War


Parish Magazine August 1914 001


St Wilfrid’s Church Parish Magazine published in the month Britain went to war in 1914


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