St Julien Service

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A special assembly of people gathered at St George’s Church in Stockport to recall the battle of St Julien which took place in Belgium between 31 July and 4 August 1917. On the allied side the battle was fought by the 6th Battalion Cheshire Regiment.  The Regiment was under heavy fire from the enemy, but bad weather and other circumstances prevented them from receiving support and reinforcements from their own and other units.  Despite this, the Battalion held the line, losing nearly 500 officers and men.  As the Regiment was drawn from Stockport and nearby areas, the entire city mourned the unit’s heavy losses 100 years ago.

To remember the occasion, the Bishop of Stockport, the Right Reverend Libby Lane lead a service of morning prayer.  The service was attended by the Lord Lieutenant of Greater Manchester, Mr Warren J Smith the Cheshire Regiment Association and other local dignitaries.

The photo shows Bishop Libby in the company of members of the Cheshire Regiment behind their drum head altar.