Two Macclesfield veterans have raised more than £38,000 to build a monument to their former regiment at the National Memorial Arboretum (NMA).
Since 2018, Cheshire East councillor Ashley Farrall and local football organiser Stuart Harrison have been fundraising to bring the project to fruition for the Cheshire Regiment.
The pair found that a memorial hadn’t already been built for their former regiment, and set about arranging a project to ensure its veterans were represented and remembered.
Harrison said: “When I visited the Arboretum with my son, I was very disappointed that my old regiment didn’t have a monument there to show him.
“I’m proud we have been able to raise the money and now had our monument approved.”
Farrall, who is Cheshire East Council’s Armed Forces Champion, said: “We should all be proud of our local history and this includes the Cheshire Regiment.
“This will be a focal point for people with connections to the Cheshire Regiment to pay their respects when they visit the NMA.”
Before amalgamation in 2007, The 22nd Regiment of Foot – The Cheshire Regiment was one of the oldest infantry regiments in the British Army, with an independent history of over 300 years.
First being raised in 1689, it has many connections with people throughout Cheshire and beyond.
Farrall and Harrison launched their campaign to raise funds and design a monument after visiting the NMA in 2018.
Three years later, they have raised more than £38,000 and had their design approved by the NMA’s Landscape and Memorials Committee.
They have now also selected the plot where the monument will be located.
It will be positioned in a prime location next to the main Armed Forces Monument at the centre of the NMA.
Plans are now proceeding to set about construction of the memorial, and it’s hoped there will be a public dedication ceremony on its completion.
The national centre of remembrance is situated in Lichfield in Staffordshire, and is a year-round place to remember. It welcomes over 300,000 visitors annually.