VIDEO: Photograph found of the Chorley Pals going off to War, 100 years on

Close to 100 years on from when the Chorley Pals Company (part of the wider known ‘Accrington Pals’ Battalion) went off to fight in World War One, a photograph of the men has come to light as they are about to board their train at Chorley Station on the 23rd February 1915.

BBC North West Tonight covered the story, including interviewing the daughter of one of the men in the photograph, Pte Thomas Leach.



Video © 2015 BBC, used with permission.

VIDEO: Chorley Terriers sponsored walk 6th August 2014

Wednesday 6th August 2014 saw a sponsored walk from the Drill Hall on Devonshire Road in Chorley to Fulwood Barracks in Preston.

On that date 100 years ago, the ‘Chorley Terriers’ (D Company of the 1st / 4th Battalion [Territorial Force], Loyal North Lancashire Regiment) marched off to War.

Over £200 was raised by way of sponsorship for the Chorley Remembers Project Manager Steve Williams to do the walk.

He was be accompanied on the ten mile walk by members of the Army Reserve detachment based in Chorley, other Trustees, local Councillors and some descendants and relatives of the 220 men.

The walkers set off at 10.30am and paused at the Chorley Cenotaph in Astley Park at around 10.45 am before continuing along the A6 to Preston via Bamber Bridge and Walton-le-Dale, arriving in Fulwood at 2.30pm.

Back in 1914, the local paper recorded that relatives of the men walked with them until the Borough boundary at Whittle-le-Woods; several photographs of the men in the Drill Hall and walking along the road on the day are in the Chorley Remembers archive.

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