Accrington Pals Service - Sunday 22nd February 2015

Accrington Pals Plaque

Relatives of men who served in the Chorley Pals are cordially invited to the annual Accrington Pals Valedictory Service later this month – the 220 Chorley men made up one of four Company’s in the Battalion.

The service will take place on Sunday 22nd February at St John’s with St Augustine’s Parish Church, Addison Street, Accrington BB5 6AG.

This year commemorates events 100 years ago when the Accrington Pals Battalion held their Valedictory Service before leaving for training in Caernarvon on the 23rd February 1915, and eventually off to war.

Attendees are being asked to be seated by 2.30pm for the 2.45pm service.

Organiser Shelley Whitehead would welcome hearing from those who plan to attend – call 01254 884583 or email

The Mayor of Chorley Cllr Roy Lees and the Mayoress Margaret Lees will also be in attendance.

The Mayoress is the granddaughter of Chorley Pal Private 15658 John Lawrenson from Coppull who died on the 4th July 1916 following the attack at Serre a few days earlier.

Chorley Pals Memorial Trust Co-Founder & Secretary Steve Williams has been invited to read the Lesson.