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Remembering the fallen in High Peak
Friday 10th November 2017 @ 07:13 by Adam Higgins
High Peak News

Thirteen American airmen who died on a rocky hillside above Glossop were remembered near the remains of their wrecked aircraft last Sunday. 

Also remembered was Gerald Scarratt, of Hadfield, who died last week and who, with the late Ron Collier, researched the many Dark Peak crash sites.

Glossop Mountain Rescue Team’s Peter Jozefczyk, who led the service at Bleaklow’s High Shelf Stones, dedicated it to Gerald, who was a member of Glossop Aircraft Archeaology Society.

The service was almost to the day when on November 3, 1948, the USAF B-29 Superfortress ‘Over Exposed’ crashed at Higher Shelf Stones, killing the 13 man crew.

For the last few years, Pete has organised services of commemoration at the crash site.

Among those paying their respects on Sunday were Charlesworth parish councillors Marcus Gill and Jonathan Gill, as the Bleaklow moors are in the parish boundaries.

This Sunday (November 12) is the official day of Remembrance, with the High Peak’s churches, villages and people joining in with the nation in the annual act of homage.

The Peak’s main services are at Glossop, Hadfield and Buxton.

Glossop’s will take place at the Norfolk Square war memorial and will be attended by the Derbyshire Deputy Lieutenant David Holtom and the former High Peak Mayor, Councillor George Wharmby.

The service will be conducted by Father Gregory Tobin and Rev Norman Shaw.

The parade assembles in the market place from 10:30am to march to the cenotaph at 10:50am.

Following the service, the procession will proceed to the market ground and refreshments will be at Bradbury Community House on Market Street.

A service will take place at St Andrew’s Church in Hadfield at 10am, conducted by Rev Felicity Walters and attended by Deputy Mayor, Councillor John Walton.

Following the service, those attending will walk to the cenotaph for the service at 10:50am, which will be conducted by Rev Felicity Walters and Rev Michael Grimsley.

Following the service, refreshments will be served in the Community Room at Hadfield Hall.

Tintwistle’s act of remembrance starts with a parade, which leaves Conduit Street at 10:30am to the war memorial, where a short service will be held.

It’s then on to the United Reformed Church on Old Road for a service at 11:15am.

This year, during the service at the church, the organisers will be projecting photographs and names of 14 men from Tintwistle who died in the First World War.

Charlesworth, where a book is being compiled on the men who died in the First World War and whose names are on the village cenotaph, will stage a short service there following a parade at around 10:50am.

Other acts of remembrance are at:

  • Buxton – The service will take place at the cenotaph on the Slopes and will be attended by the Deputy Lieutenant Michael Hall and the Mayor of High Peak, Councillor Matt Stone. The service will be conducted jointly by the Rev Andrew Parker and Rev Keith Cocking. Organisations attending the service are asked to be in position by 10:40am. At the conclusion of the service, there will be a procession to the Pavilion Gardens.
  • Hayfield – A Civic Parade will take place at 10:30am from Primrose Court to the war memorial for the Act of Remembrance at 10:45am, followed by a service of remembrance in St Matthew’s Church, led by the Rev John Hudghton.
  • New Mills – The civic service and the Act of Remembrance at the war memorial will take place at St George’s Church, followed by the parade to the High Lea Park memorial. The church hall will be open from 9:45am for the collection of wreaths.
  • Whaley Bridge and Holy Trinity Church – A Civic Act of Remembrance and service will take place at the war memorial in Whaley Bridge Park at 10:45am, led by the Rev Margaret Jones.
  • Bridgemont War Memorial – Act of Remembrance and wreath laying at 9:30am.
  • Furness Vale War Memorial – Act of Remembrance and wreath laying at 9:45am.


Main picture:

Memories: Paying tribute to 13 young American servicemen who died on Bleaklow Moor on a winter’s day in 1948


By David Jones