It is our intention to list and detail all civic, parish and church memorials within Chorley and the villages in the Borough.
Each memorial will be listed separately giving the names of the men on it by conflict (i.e. WW2 & WW1) and in an A to Z format.
Further / detailed information (if available) will then be placed in an A to Z listing under the respective memorial page; we hope to include photographs, if available.
If you have details of any war memorial in a church or village in Chorley, do get in touch.
We currently have listings on Excel spread-sheet format of the following memorials (all of which will be placed on this page shortly):
- Abbey Village
- Brindle Parish Church (St. James’)
- Brindle St. Joseph’s RC Church
- Chorley Co-operative Society (WW1)
- Chorley Grammar School (plaque on the wall at Parklands High School)
- Chorley Pals Memorial
- Chorley WW1 Memorial Books (held in Astley Hall)
- Clayton-le-Woods & Whittle-le-Woods
- Heapey & Wheelton
- Hoghton Parish Church (Holy Trinity)
- St. Bede’s RC Church, Clayton Green
- Withnell Fold Paper Mill
If you have or can supply details of a church or village war memorial not listed above, do get in touch. Also, please make contact if you have memorial books, records and / or photographs of men on any war memorial in Chorley and the surrounding villages covered by our project.
As for names to go on the Cenotaph in Astley Park, our plan is for these to be confined to men from the town* who fell in the two World Wars, plus the names of men from across the Borough of Chorley who were killed or died in more conflicts such as Korea, Suez, Aden, Malaya, the Falklands, Bosnia, Northern Ireland, the Gulf War, Iraq and Afghanistan.
* Note: Those men from the villages in and around will be on their respective memorials – including them on the Cenotaph would triple or quadruple the space required and similarly the cost. We will, however, go out to public consultation on this in due course. As at November 2010 c650 names of Chorley men have been identified from the First World War, and we are awaiting a figure for the Second World War (estimated at 150 names). For the record, there are 225 names on the two side panels of the Chorley Pals Memorial on the Flat Iron in the town, but it lists every man who joined up to form the Chorley Pals Company (Y Coy., 11th [Service] Battalion, East Lancashire Regiment) between August and October 1914.