Appeal for names of fallen victims of war for memorial

Chorley Cenotaph plans

Chorley Cenotaph plans

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Organisers of a major heritageproject in Chorley are appealing for relatives of fallen soldiers from both World Wars to come forward with names for a new memorial.

The Chorley Remembers project is a Heritage Lottery funded scheme devised and managed by the people behind the Chorley Pals Memorial, unveiled in the town in February 2010.

Last September, they received a grant to enable them to place the names of the fallen from Chorley onto new panels around the current civic war memorial in Astley Park.

They receive support from the local Council, veterans, relatives of the fallen and members of the community.

So far, the group have identified some 679 names of men from the town but want to ensure they have as many names as possible.

Lists will go on display in Chorley Central Library and branch Libraries at Adlington, Coppull, Clayton Green, Eccleston and Euxton.

They can also go to the Chorley Remembers project office situated in the Head Office of Chorley Building Society on Foxhole Road.

Project Chairman Lindsay Hoyle MP said: “Staff and volunteers have spent the last 18 months compiling the names from various sources and want to get them as accurate as possible.

“The names are of men from Chorley town prior to local Government boundary changes in 1974, as men from surrounding villages are usually commemorated on their own village or parish memorials.

“If we were to include all the names from the wider Chorley area as it is today.

“We would need five times the space and it would cost almost five times the amount we have been granted to complete the project.”

At the same time, the project team, in conjunction with Chorley Council who manage and maintain the war memorial, are seeking views on the overall design of the area in Astley Park.

There will be an outline of plans along with an artists impression and simple questionnaire on the Chorley Remembers website and the closing date for responses to the design will be March 16.

The closing date for responses will be the end of May when the project team will look again at all the names, before submitting them to the designers and engravers to fit onto a new low screen wall of 18 panels to be erected at the rear of the current war memorial.

It is hoped that the war memorial additions will be completed in time for the Remembrance Day ceremony in the town in November.

Coun John Walker, who is responsible for parks and open spaces at Chorley Council, said: “We think it is a really good idea to honour the fallen by having their names displayed around the cenotaph and it’d be great if we could get as many names as possible added to the lists.

“The work at the cenotaph does mean there will be a proposed new layout to incorporate the names so we’d urge people to have a look at the artist’s impression and put their views forward as part of the consultation on the design.”