Arley pays tribute to fallen war heroes


Pictured: Lord Ashbrook with the transparent silhouette


John Egerton-Warburton has never been forgotten at Arley.

His name, along with the names of six other local men who died during the First World War, hangs on the wall of the estate’s Grade II* listed chapel.

Now, John will once again join the community he left behind as part of the national ‘There But Not There’ campaign – the defining centenary commemoration of the end of the war.

A transparent silhouette dedicated to his memory, and that of the others who fell, was placed on a pew in St Mary’s Chapel at Arley and an exhibition tells the fallen local heroes’ stories.

Lord Ashbrook, who is John’s grandson, said it would be a poignant and powerful reminder of the contribution these men made to the war effort.

“It is a great honour to be dedicating this space to my grandfather and the other men who lost their lives during the war,” he said.

“It is important we continue to educate all generations about the ultimate sacrifice made by these men.

“We hope lots of people will visit and maybe take a quiet moment to reflect in the chapel.”

John was born in 1883 and joined the First Battalion of the Scots Guards.

They fought in numerous battles including Mons, Marne, Ypres and the Winter Operations of 1914 and 1915.

In 1915 John was wounded and returned to be treated at Manchester’s Military Hospital before convalescing at Arley, his ancestral home.

He was eagerly anticipating a return to war, but was taken ill shortly after a minor operation and died a short time later, it is believed septicaemia was the cause.

“We remember my grandfather within our family, but his sacrifice is obviously reminiscent of thousands of other men,” said Lord Ashbrook.

‘There But Not There’ is the 2018 Armistice project for the charity Remembered.

Its mission is to commemorate, educate and heal.

So far, it has raised over £2.5 million for charities including Walking with The Wounded, Combat Stress and Help for Heroes.