Tribute to Chorley Pals who fought in battle

An act of remembrance was held at the Chorley Pals Memorial

An act of remembrance was held at the Chorley Pals Memorial

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Relatives of the Chorley Pals were among those who attended a moving service this morning on the 98th anniversary of the Battle of the Somme.

Around 25 people gathered at the Chorley Pals Memorial, on the Flat Iron car park, for an act of remembrance at 7.30am.

Chorley Pals Memorial Service

Chorley Pals Memorial Service

Wreaths were laid by Steve Williams, secretary of the Chorley Pals Memorial and Chorley Remembers project manager, and Coun Peter Wilson, on behalf of Chorley’s MP and chairman of the memorial, Lindsay Hoyle.

The service was held to honour the Chorley Pals who went over the top at the start of the Battle of the Somme on July 1, 1916.

Around 170 members of the company went over the top, with 34 Pals killed and 59 wounded.

Mr Williams said: “We continue to remember the brave act of Chorley men nearly 100 years on. We will not forget them.”

It was the fifth annual act of remembrance at the memorial, which was unveiled in February 2010.

Plans are already being made to mark the 100th anniversary of the battle in 2016.