Each year Gatley remembers the men who lost their lives in both world wars on Remembrance Sunday. In 2018, that day is on 11 November – the day, exactly one hundred years before the Great War came to an end, when an armistice was signed.
As part of its commemoration of the centenary of the end of the conflict, Gatley Village Partnership has published this history, written by local historian, John Hartley.
It tells the story of the “home front” in the village – the hardships of rationing, the grief as news of the fate of loved ones became known, and the simple pleasures that were still possible for people getting on with life as best they could.
A major part of this history is the short biographies of over 150 local men known to have served in the armed forces. Seventeen of them died and are commemorated on the village war memorial but most of the remainder returned home to live the rest of their lives. It is fitting that, as we remember the end of the fighting, we remember them as much as we remember the dead.