Nicholson War Memorial, Leek
TIME CAPSULE
 
 

Below is a video of the capsule being dedicated and locked, a report on the placing of the Time Capsule within the memorial and also the capsule contents.

TIME CAPSULE DEDICATION VIDEO

Video courtesy of and by Gerald Mee of Galen Video

 

A TIME CAPSULE IN A WAR MEMORIAL!

Members of the Leek Branch of the Royal British Legion, local clergy and Council officials attended the dedication of a Time Capsule inside the Nicholson War Memorial, Leek, on Monday 25th September, 2006. The capsule was the brainchild of Alan Brundrett, the volunteer 'keeper' of the war memorial and Chris Sheldon, a member of the Leek Branch and author of two books telling the story of the servicemen and women from Leek who are listed on the memorial and Steve Povey the Town's Mayor. The idea was born following last year's 80th Anniversary Rededication Service of the Nicholson War Memorial when thousands of people witnessed the dedication of three new bronze plaques listing the names of fifteen men and women whose names had been inadvertently omitted from the Second World War plaques.

Read the rest of the report on the website of the North Staffs Branch of the Royal British Legion.

Time Capsule

The Time Capsule

TIME CAPSULE CONTENTS

In all likelihood, the time capsule will probably outlast and survive this website! For now though here is a list of its contents. The capsule has no set date for it to be opened, that will be for future generations to determine. Maybe the 150th anniversary?

  • Fully documented report by Chris Sheldon detailing the history and building of the memorial and the 80th Anniversary celebrations.
  • 1925 Commemorative Programme.
  • 2005 Commemorative Programme.
  • 1925 Press Report.
  • Report by Alan Brundrett on the working of the clock mechanism.
  • "Local Life in the Moorlands" magazine.
  • "Times Gone By" magazine, detailing the 15 additional names added to the memorial.
  • DVD and Video of the 2005 re-dedication Service.
  • Union Flag laid on the steps during the 2005 service.
  • Brass memorial plaque presented to the family of Private Horace Mycock after he was killed in action in 1917.
  • Photograph and account of Private Jack Renshaw of Leekbrook who died in Normandy in 1944.
  • Photograph and account of Private Elvira Bailey, who died of meningitis in 1940.
  • Photograph of the memorial by Alan Brundrett along with photographs of the inner workings of the clock mechanism.
  • Photographs of the British Legion Standards and the Este Standard.
  • A selection of photographs from the Leek Post and Times and Your Leek Paper.
  • An account of the 2005 service from Moorland Trader.
  • A list of the parishoners of St Mary's RC Church who fell in both wars.
  • A copy of the Leek and District Roll of Honour, printed in 1915.
  • Three WW1 medals of Sgt 301 W Ratcliffe.
  • Five WW2 medals of Driver P. T. Renshaw of the Royal Artilliary.
  • Copies of the invitations to attend the 2005 Service sent to the Leek Town Mayor and the Chairman of the SMDC.
  • Rosette worn by Cllr Steve Povey at the 2005 Service.
  • Letters and cards of appreciation for the 2005 Service.
  • Letter from Mr James Hawley, Lord Leuitenant of Staffordshire.
  • Letter from Cllr H Corby, Chairman of the SMDC.
  • Card thanking local businesses for providing catering for the event.
  • Poppies from the Leek Branch of the Royal British Legion.

 

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