How Stagecoach Manchester is Remembering the Fallen

Remembrance Sunday display to remember the 310 Manchester Corporation Tramways Department employees killed in action

  • Free bus travel for Armed Forces personnel on production of HM Forces ID card on Remembrance Sunday;
  • Stagecoach Manchester buses seen wearing poppies;
  • Activity supports the British Legion’s ‘Thank You’ campaign marking 100 years since the end of the First World War.

Stagecoach Manchester will pay tribute to past and present military personnel this Remembrance Sunday (Sunday 11th November). As part of a project initiated by retired Stagecoach Manchester bus driver, Martin Logan, the company will display Remembrance Crosses at each of its depots. There will also be remembrance crosses at the Greater Manchester Museum of Transport. All of which are to mark the Armistice Centenary.

A total of 310 wooden crosses will be on show, which will represent every Manchester Corporation Tramways worker who fought and died in the war. The names of these workers are already engraved in memorial plaques, one of which sits outside Stagecoach Manchester’s Hyde Road depot.

The public is invited to see each of Martin’s displays and join in their remembrance at Stagecoach depots in Hyde Road, Sharston, and at the Museum of Transport in Cheetham.

Martin, now an avid historian, has dedicated countless hours to finding out more about the 310 individuals who will be honoured on Remembrance Sunday. He said: “In the years I worked for Stagecoach Manchester, the war memorial was something I looked at daily. Over time, I started to wonder who each person named on the plaque was, what they were like, what they did.

“I’ve always been interested in history, so in 2009 I began a project to put faces to each of these names. Relatives of many have been in touch over the years and we now know more about these war heroes than ever before.

“In the year of the Armistice Centenary, I think it’s hugely important to remember all those who fought and died and I hope this memorial display will help people to do just that.”

As well as the Remembrance displays, Stagecoach Manchester has put poppies on all of its buses. On Remembrance Sunday, there will be free travel for armed forces personnel carrying a HM Forces ID card, as well as veterans wearing the veteran’s badge. Stagecoach Manchester drivers will also be invited to wear a poppy, as part of the company’s contribution to the Royal British Legion.

Elisabeth Tasker, managing director at Stagecoach Manchester, said: “We are proud to be supporting Remembrance Sunday. This year, 100 years after World War I ended, we are supporting our armed forces by saying thank you to all who served and sacrificed.

“Through our support, we hope we can send a clear message to our Armed Forces communities in Manchester, that we appreciate and recognise the commitment they have made, and continue to make, to our country.”

The Stagecoach Group has also signed the Ministry of Defence’s Armed Forces Corporate Covenant in support of the Armed Forces Community. As a signatory of the Covenant, the company recognises the value serving personnel; regular and reservists, veterans and military families contribute to both the country and businesses across the country.

Stagecoach Manchester aren’t the only bus operator to remember the fallen in Greater Manchester. Many of First Greater Manchester’s buses are also wearing poppies. On Remembrance Sunday, First is offering free travel for anyone who wears a poppy on their buses.

In pictures: Stagecoach Manchester’s remembrance of the fallen 310 Manchester Corporation Tramways Department employees. 

Martin Logan seen with the plaque at Stagecoach’s Sharston depot.
The full list of the 310 MCTD employees killed in action during the First World War.
A display board featuring some of the MCTD employees
Martin pointing to the Manchester Corporation Tramways Department memorial board, hitherto seen at Princess Road depot, Moss Side.
The Manchester Corporation Tramways Department memorial board with wreath.
Martin pointing to a display board.
Close up of the poppies and memorial crosses.

An EM60 Production, 07 November 2018.

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