A CAMPAIGN commemorating lost war heroes has connected hearts from Appleton Thorn to Nantwich.

St Cross Church in Stretton Road has been involved in the There But Not There campaign, a national initiative to mark the 100th anniversary of the end of the First World War.

Silhouettes have been installed in churches and other public spaces across the country, with each one representing a life lost.

St Cross Church had eight, one for each of the names on its war memorial, accompanied by notes on the life of the person being commemorated.

One of the silhouettes represents Captain John Egerton-Warburton who died from his wounds on August 30, 1915, aged 31.

The Egerton-Warburton family built St Cross Church in Appleton in 1886 and the family continued to be benefactors of the school which now serves at the Appleton Thorn community village hall.

The family lived at Arley Hall in Arley, just down the road from Appleton Thorn, so John is also being remembered through the same national initiative in the hall's chapel.

Lord Ashbrook, John's grandson, 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.

"We remember my grandfather within our family, but his sacrifice is obviously reminiscent of thousands of other men."

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 more than £2.5 million for charities including Walking with The Wounded, Combat Stress and Help for Heroes.