Final appeal for new War Memorial names

An artist impression of the Chorley War Memorial in Astley Park
An artist impression of the Chorley War Memorial in Astley Park

After more than two years of work, the list of names of the fallen from Chorley to go on the War Memorial in Astley Park is nearly complete.

Some 707 names of men from the town have been identified and researched - 557 names from the First World War, 146 from the Second World War and four from other conflicts.

There will be a meeting shortly between members of the Chorley Remembers project team and volunteers from the Lancashire Family History Society (Chorley branch) to cross reference all the names, before drawing up a definitive list.

That list will then go to Chorley Remembers Trustees on August 20 before being forwarded to the engravers in Hampshire.

The Chorley Remembers team is now issuing one final appeal to members of the public to come forward with names which may not already be included in the project.

Project Secretary, local historian and author Steve Williams, said: “Since starting the project we have been able to add 53 names.

“There is still time for a name to be added but we must have details within the next ten days”.

The lists can be checked at the Chorley Library, on the Chorley Remembers website www.chorleyremembers.org.uk or by calling 01257 273621.

The names will go on 16 Portland Limestone panels forming a low screen wall at the back of the War Memorial in Astley Park, with the project scheduled to be completed for Remembrance Sunday in November.