The day the Pals went to war

Chorley Pals at Chorley Railway Station on February 23, 1915, as they marched off to war.
Chorley Pals at Chorley Railway Station on February 23, 1915, as they marched off to war.

Exactly 100 years ago yesterday morning, the Chorley Pals marched off to war.

This evocative image shows the soldiers on their way to, and at, Chorley railway station at about 11.50am.

A large crowd gathered in the snow to wish them farewell before the men journeyed by train to Carnarvon for musketry training. Many Pals would never return.

The photograph has come to light thanks to local historians Stuart Clewlow, Ian Bagshaw and Doug Howlett.

Pals’ historians John Garwood and Steve Williams studied the picture and have, they believe, identified a number of the men, all looking happy and relaxed as they said goodbye to their families, a century ago.