5 years since Chorley Pals Memorial unveiling

The Chorley Pals Memorial being unveiled in 2010

Five years ago today, Lindsay Hoyle, Chorley MP and Chairman of the Chorley Pals Memorial Trust, unveiled the memorial and statue in the town to the 221 men who formed the Chorley Pals Company in the early part of WW1.

He shared the occasion with Sister Francis (Kathleen Calderbank) the 94 year old daughter of Chorley Pal Pte 15845 Henry Calderbank.

The ceremony was attended by an estimated 1,800 people.

It followed a three year campaign to raise funds and erect the memorial on Union Street, overlooking ‘The Flat Iron’ market where the Pals Company paraded on a regular basis in late 1914 and early 1915.

Below is a gallery of images from the day and a 30 minute video which documents the construction and the unveiling ceremony.