An author and historian has pieced together the forgotten stories behind the names on the Lostock and Chemical Works war memorials.
Tony Davies of Tabley has released his latest book, ‘The Lostock Area Guys Who Never Home’.
Tony’s keen interest in the subject led him to previously publish a variety of books focusing on World War I and the men who never returned, including those who lived in Tabley and Great Budworth.
He is currently researching the over 400 Northwich men who fell in the war between 1914 and 1919 and is always on the lookout for anyone with information, medals or photographs to share.
“Lostock’s book covers the memorial in the church yard and the chemical plants,” Tony explained.
“I tried to find out how old the men were, where they lived and with whom, what they and their father did for a living before the war and whether they had been killed in action.
“I looked up the battalion’s war diary to see what was going on that day.”
Tony said research on these men and their lives had its limits.
Speaking of the challenges he faced, Tony said: “If they died of injuries it could have been anytime, so there’s no date to look for.
“Again, if they’re ‘dead’ – it probably meant from illness, so again, no date to fall back on.
“We only have 25% of their archives left, as the rest was destroyed by bombing during World War II.”
Tony donates all proceeds from the sale of his latest book to the Poppy Appeal.
If anyone would like a copy of the book or have any information – particularly medals and photographs – about the men who were from Northwich and died in the war, contact firstname.lastname@example.org.
Tony’s wealth of knowledge and passion for history means he has given many interactive history lectures.
He has been featured on The History and Yesterday channels and has appeared at many re-enactment events and spoken at many schools.