HISTORY enthusiasts in Cheadle have organised a special talk in the town as part of commemorations of the First World War centenary. Cheadle Historical Society will host the illustrated talk about the life and service of William Coltman on Wednesday next week.
Coltman was born in a village near Burton on Trent in 1891. He volunteered to serve in the British Army during the Great War from January 1915, in the North Staffordshire Regiment. He became the most decorated enlisted soldier in the British Army.
His great-grandson, Tim Coltman will give the talk, entitled ‘The Story of the Two Crosses – A Presentation on the life of William Coltman VC.’
The two crosses in the talks title refer to the Victoria Cross he was awarded and Coltman’s religious beliefs, which had a profound influence on his actions in the war.
The talk will cover aspects of William’s life including his role in the army.
The events which led to the award of the Victoria Cross and other decorations will also be described.
The talk is from 7.30pm on Wednesday, October 10 at the Community Theatre, The Cheadle Academy.
The historical society’s Mike Plant said: “With the 100th anniversary of the end of the First World War approaching, the society has arranged a fascinating, illustrated talk.
“If you are not a member of the society, but are interested in local history, you may wish to join.
“The society annual subscription is £5 per annum and will allow entry to all other, monthly winter meetings at Cheadle Academy without any further payment and attendance at the following summer visits, some of which may incur a charge.
Almost all meetings are on a Wednesday, but are not in a fixed week.
Visit: www.cheadlehistoricalsociety.co.uk for further details of the society.
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