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Brexit Implications

FHSC has had to embrace the change in taxation rules brought about by Brexit.

This only impacts those who live in the European Union:

- if you are a member then tax will be added to your membership fees paid from the 1 January 2021 onwards. These are automatically calculated if you pay by card or PayPal via the website. Other payment methods for EU or ROW memberships have been removed.

- if you purchase products from the shop then tax appropriate to your country of residence will be added to the costs if you live in the EU

FHSC will have to forward this tax to the EU on a quarterly basis


We apologise  for the increase in costs for those of you still in the EU. This was deemed preferable to the alternative which was to prevent EU based members and prevent shop sales into the EU.


Alan Bennett


Macclesfield Cemetery and Crematorium now available on Deceased Online


Records from the historic Macclesfield Cemetery and Crematorium are now available to view on Situated in Cheshire East and run by Orbitas, a company owned by Cheshire East Council, Macclesfield Cemetery is a beautiful Victorian cemetery first opened in 1866. The site includes a Grade II listed Neo-Gothic chapel, which is now used as office space. Macclesfield Crematorium was opened in 1960 in the building that was formerly the Non-Conformist Chapel.

Macclesfield Cemetery
Above: Macclesfield Cemetery

Macclesfield Cemetery is arguably most famous for providing the final resting place of Ian Curtis, the lead singer and lyricist of the band Joy Division, after his tragic suicide in 1980. Curtis was born in Stretford, Lancashire, but grew up in Macclesfield. He did well at school, developed a keen interest in music, philosophy, and poetry, and received several scholastic awards. Ian Curtis, along with Bernard Sumner, Peter Hook, and Terry Mason formed a band named Warsaw, after a song by David Bowie. Warsaw was subsequently renamed to Joy Division in 1978, a name derived from the 1955 novel House of Dolls. Joy Division released two albums, Unknown Pleasures and Closer, before the death of Curtis.

Macclesfield Cemetery
Above: Macclesfield Cemetery

George Harold Eardley, a recipient of the prestigious Victoria Cross and the Military Medal, also rests in Macclesfield Cemetery. Acting Sergeant Eardley of the 4th battalion, King's Shropshire Light Infantry, was awarded the Victoria Cross for gallantry in the face of the enemy in the Netherlands in October 1944. His platoon was ordered to clear enemy opposition from some orchards but, 80 yards from their objective, automatic machine gun fire swiftly halted their advance. Eardley dodged heavy fire to get close enough to one machine gun post to kill the enemy officer with a grenade, and then went on to destroy two more posts single-handed. His actions enabled his platoon to complete their objective and ensured the success of their whole attack. In 2004 a statue was erected in his honour in his home town of Congleton.

First World War hero Private Harold Whalley of 21st Manchester Regiment, given the Military Medal for conspicuous bravery carrying messages under heavy shell fire, also rests in Macclesfield Cemetery. Private Whalley died in London aged 23, the result of injuries received in France in 1918.

Macclesfield Cemetery
Above: historic memorials in Macclesfield Cemetery

Macclesfield Cemetery and Crematorium records comprise scans of the original burial and cremation registers, and details of those buried in the same grave in the cemetery. Other Cheshire East cemeteries and crematoria available to view on Deceased Online include:

  • Congleton Cemetery
  • Coppenhall Cemetery
  • Crewe Cemetery
  • Nantwich Cemetery
  • Sandbach Cemetery
  • Weston Cemetery
  • Crewe Crematorium

Cheshire East records coming soon to Deceased Online:

  • Alderley Edge Cemetery
  • Knutsford Cemetery
  • Wilmslow Cemetery

Macclesfield Cemetery
Above: historic memorials in Macclesfield Cemetery

Further information:

Other records local to the region are available on Deceased Online courtesy of:

Are you receiving our emails?

FHSC sends lots of emails to our members and website users for a multitude of reasons.

We deliver them through a professional email service provider called Elastic Email.

It has come to my attention that a reasonable number of our emails arentbeing delivered because Elastic Email have got a block on some of your email addresses.

If you find you are not receiving any emails from us then please use the following link to re-enable delivery to you:

You just provide your email address and then you will then recieve an email with another link in it. Clicking on that link will confirm to Elastic Email that you wish to receive emails from FHSC.

You can control the types of emails you get from us at:


The other issue is that we still hold lots of invalid email addresses for a number of you. These are primarily caused by:

- you not having provided one

- ones provided by email providers that are no longer in existence, e.g. wanadoo and fsnet

Please log in and check your details as soon as possible at:




New Chairman

We held our 50th Anniversary AGM yesterday at the Lion Salt Works.

During the meeting our chairman, Victoria Doran, stood down as she has decided to spend the next 18 months touring the world. I am sure we all send our good wishes for what should be a fantastic experience for Victoria.

I have been elected to fill the void as chairman,  a role I previously held from 2008 until 2012.

I will also continue as webmaster and hope that I can find the necessary time for both roles.

I look forward to meeting as many of you as possible in my new role.

My main focus will be how to restructure the society to provide what members need and our survival through turbulent times for family history societies.

Kind Regards

Alan Bennett

Chairman and Webmaster

New Look for the Website

Welcome to the new and improved FHSC website.

You will notice the striking gold colour scheme to celebrate our golden aniiversary this year.

We will resort to our more traditional green on New Years Day 2020.

We have done extensive testing of the new look and feel, but ........................... there may be issues we havent found.

Please notify the webmaster via Contact Us if you find anything that is broken.

The main functional change on this revision is an improved Links system. We hope you like it. If you have any suggestions for additional links then just let the Web Administrator know via Contact Us.


FHSC Webmaster