The Chorley Pals Memorial is situated on Union Street in Chorley, Lancashire, overlooking the town’s market (“The Flat Iron”) where the local ‘Pals’ Company paraded in 1914 and 1915, before setting off to war and into the pages of history at the Battle of the Somme on the 1st July 1916.
After a three year fund-raising campaign, the memorial and statue was unveiled on the 28th February 2010. The site was improved in the summer of 2012 with new paths, box hedges, low level fencing, new turfed areas, wider footpaths, two new benches and two new interpretation boards being added, courtesy of Lottery funding and Chorley Council.
Wreaths are laid at the memorial during the year, as part of a simple Act of Remembrance, each 1st July at 7.30 a.m. and again in November at 12.00 noon on Remembrance Sunday.
In late 2010, Trustees looked to improve other remembrance assets in the town and obtained funding from the Heritage Lottery Fund for a major project called “Chorley Remembers”. The project has placed 738 names of the fallen from the town on 13 panels on a redeveloped War Memorial site in Astley Park. A new and permanent exhibition called the Chorley Remembers Experience opened in June 2013 on the Astley Hall complex, illustrating the Borough’s involvement in military conflicts over the years – from the First World War to present day.
Visit www.chorleyremembers.org.uk for more information and the latest news from the project.
We are currently looking at plans to commemorate the Chorley Pals during the First World War, certainly with some form of event in the town on the 1st July 2016.