Smith Sherwin lived in Hyde all of his life, and was a member of Back Lane FC. In the First World War he was posted to Egypt and then to the Western Front He returned from the front in 1919, after the 'tidy up' period at the end of the war in 1918.
There is an interesting story of his brother being shot and buried in Holy Trinity, and months later he met his brother on the Western Front in a canteen -dishevelled and unshaven, to which he recognised him and shouted 'Tha's our Tommy! We buried thee not s'long back!' -The body buried evidently wasn't his brother Tom! -I've not actually checked if the empty grave is still there!
Smith Sherwin died in the early 1960s.
He married Lucy Tweedale before the war and they lived in Back Lane -before it became Lumn Road.
Lucy Tweedale's brother -Thomas, was shot by a sniper during WWI on the trenches when patrolling his line. He is buried in a war grave in France
Smith and Lucy had my Nan, Mary Sherwin (later Burgess) in 1920, and amongst working in Heywoods Shoe Shop, Bowlacre Home, the Switch Board and the Fruit and Veg Stall in Hyde Market, she was called up to join the Fire Service during the war.
Initially she was stationed at Hyde Fire Station, and I am looking for any photographs of her that readers of your blog may have of her or the fire team at Hyde from the wartime. She's 91 in June, and I think it would be a lovely birthday present to present her with, as all her photographs were lost of this period. She then from Hyde went to work at Lyme Regis Fire Service, and spent late 1941 to the end of the war down there.