VIDEO: Parade and Plaques unveiled in memory of Chorley Soldiers

Parade and plaques to commemorate Chorley soldiers

Army Band on parade

On Saturday 22nd September we are staging a parade from near the ‘Inspire’ Youth Zone through the town centre to the Army Reserve Centre on Devonshire Road.

It will form up on nearby Railway Street at 10.15am and depart at 10.30am down Chapel Street, along Market Street, up Gillibrand Street on to Devonshire Road.

Street and roads will be closed for a short while as the parade travels along its pre-arranged route; when it reaches Devonshire Road a section of the road between Hamilton Road and Regent Road will be closed from around 10.55am for about an hour.

The event is to commemorate the Chorley Pals and Chorley Terriers, retracing their steps from the Drill Hall (as it was known back then) to the railway station and off to war.

The parade will be led by the Band of the King’s Division and the Chairman of the Chorley Pals Memorial Trust, Rt. Hon. Sir Lindsay Hoyle, MP for Chorley.

Joining him will be the Mayor of Chorley, Cllr Margaret Lees who is a granddaughter of a Chorley Pal killed on the Somme in July 1916.

Also in the parade will be uniformed organisations, invited guest and relatives of those who formed the two units in 1914.

Two plaques will be unveiled by Sir Lindsay Hoyle at around 11.00am. They are located on the outside of the Army building and the ceremony can be viewed from Devonshire Road.

The route the parade will take is illustrated on the map below, and further information about the event and others planned for October and November can be found here.

Parade route map

Armistice Concert to be held in Chorley Town Hall in November

Leyland Band Logo

We are staging a concert in Chorley Town Hall on Sunday 11th November to commemorate the 100th anniversary of the signing of the Armistice that ended hostilities in the First World War.

Providing the music will be the popular Leyland Band, and the evening will also have monologues and poetry readings.

The concert starts at 7.00pm and tickets are just £10.

They can be purchased from Malcolm’s Musicland on Chapel Street at Chorley, from the ‘Chorley 100’ exhibition in the Coach House at Astley Hall (open Saturday & Sunday 12 noon until 4.00pm) or by calling us on 0300 201 1916.

Remembering a Chorley Pal

Corporal 18971 Joseph THOMPSON

Corporal 18971 Joseph Thompson died in captivity on the 7th September 1918 from wounds received whist on patrol in No Man’s Land at Oosthove Farm near Nieppe, on the Ypres Salient in Belgium, on the night of the 5th.

A Police Officer in the Lancashire Constabulary before joining the Pals, he was also wounded serving in the unit’s machine gun section at Serre on the 1st July.

Corporal Thompson was born in County Londonderry in 1893 and his last resting place is appropriately in New Irish Farm Cemetery just north of Ypres.