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Do you know the men on Altrincham’s ‘bravest little street in England’?

By David Prior at

Do you know any of the men on the “bravest little street in England”?

That’s the question being asked by Carole Evans, a photographic artist from Altrincham who is researching a public art piece commemorating the soldiers of Chapel Street.

The street was dubbed “the bravest little street in England” by King George V after 49 of its 161 residents were killed during World War One – 29 in battle, with a further 20 dying of their wounds on their return.

Chapel Street was pulled down in the 1930s – New Street car park now stands in its place – but Evans is now appealing for photographs of the soldiers from the street who died in the war.

She said: “The Army did not routinely take photographs of soldiers in this time, so I’d like to get in touch with families of the men who may have photographs of them in their family albums.”

The names of the men she is particularly keen to find are listed below:

William BAGNELL (BAGNALL)
William HENNERLEY
Joseph BOOTH Jnr
Michael HINES
Frank COLLINS
Joseph HOLLINGSWORTH
Henry Charles CROFT
James HUGHES
William CURLEY
William JOHNSON
Martin DONNELLY
James KING
John ENNION
Edward LOWE
William FEATHERSTONE
Joseph LOWE
(Matthew?) James FORD
Peter MORLEY
Arthur GARNER
Thomas O’CONNOR
John GREEN
Albert OXLEY
William GROARKE
Alfred OXLEY
Dennis HAN(D)LEY
Thomas PEERS
William HAUGHTON (HOUGHTON)
Ralph RYAN
William HUGHES

If you have a photograph of one of these men, then get in touch with Carole by emailing info@caroleevans.co.uk. If you don’t have a photograph of these men, but know about
them, or would like more information about the project, please feel free to contact her anyway.

A blue plaque, attached to Phanthong Thai restaurant on Regent Road, now commemorates the bravery of Chapel Street’s men.

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