Spotlight on - war heroes

The men who, sadly, didn't return from war

  First written in December 2010

                              Updated in July 2014

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A TOTAL of 1,128 men from the Nantwich and Crewe areas who were killed in the First World War are commemorated in a new book.

   "Where The Fallen Live Forever", by Mark Potts and Tony Marks, is on sale at Nantwich Book Shop, Nantwich Museum, and Waterstones, Crewe. Hardback, 328 packed pages and nearly 400 images - all for 17.99.

   The book also features a month-by-month account of the war on the Home Front.

   The authors had been collecting the casualty photos for the past 14 years.

   The book was prepared on behalf of Cheshire East  Council.

   Proceeds will go to Help the Heroes and the Royal British Legion.

   Among the Nantwich men to die was Private Robert Sandland, the great uncle of Mark Potts and whose name is commemorated on Nantwich War Memorial on The Square.

   Robert lived at 7 Bower's Row, Mill Street, and worked as a baker for Mrs Hassall in Hospital Street. He was killed in action at Givenchy in France, on June 8, 1918, aged just 19, following a German artillery barrage on the frontline trenches just as he was heading for billets.  

   The book cover (above) features a Crewe officer and names on Nantwich war memorial.



Private Robert Sandland (right) - a war hero from Nantwich.  The name of the other soldier is not known but he is thought to have survived the war.


Do you have any images?

IF you have any photographs of the fallen from the Nantwich and Crewe areas, contact Mark Potts on 01270 560015 or e-mail him on The images will be copied and returned safely to you.


Lost memorials

are finally found


THE fallen soldiers of the First World War are commemorated on war memorials in the Crewe and Nantwich areas. But the authors couldn't trace some - until in mid 2013.

   They found one from Doody's factory in Crewe in a shed in Shavington; one from St John's, Crewe, in a basement at St Andrew's Church (also in Crewe); and one from a previous Bunbury Trinity Church. Thought to be lost when a new church was built, it was found in the attic of the new building.   

Some soldiers still evaded the authors


MARK and Tony were still seeking details of the last surviving Crewe and Nantwich soldier to serve in the First World War shortly before their book was completed.  

   They are still interested in receiving details and perhaps pictures of Edward A.Baker (Crewe), Albert Ball (Crewe), Albert Barnes (Nantwich), Harry Binnersley  (Wybunbury), John Bisley (Nantwich), H.Breeze (Crewe), John Brookshaw (Shavington), B.Buckley (Crewe), W.E.Chamberlain (Acton), Edwin Cooke (Shavington), John Dodd (Crewe), Wilfred Hunt (Crewe), William Latham (Crewe), Alfred John Lovatt (Wybunbury), S.H.Matthews (Crewe), Harold Potts (Shavington), F.Powell (Crewe), Herbert Saunders (Nantwich), Charles Thomas (Shavington), Frank White (Coppenhall Lychgate), and F.Yates (Crewe).

   As well as photographs and images of the men, and their details, Mark and his co-author sought pictures related to the First World War, especially street scenes of wartime Nantwich and the unveiling of the war memorial in 1921.

   Mark said: "I only have a second-hand copy of that event." 


Three brothers appear in the book

Mark Potts sent the following message to "A Dabber's Nantwich" during the compiling of the book:

"THANK you once again for putting the appeal on the website. I had a phone call from a lady in Sandbach who had photos of three Nantwich brothers who died during the First World War. My records stated two brothers and a cousin, but her information was correct. The three brothers listed on the Nantwich War Memorial are Charles, Edward and Thomas Blears."  The photographs of the brothers appear in the book.