Appeal for names as Chorley War Memorial plans revealed

We are appealing to relatives of men who died in two World Wars to come forward to ensure their loved ones names go on the town’s civic war memorial in Astley Park as part of the Chorley Remembers project.

So far we have identified 679 names of men from the town but want to ensure we have as many names as possible.

Lists will go on display in Chorley Central Library and branch Libraries at Adlington, Coppull, Clayton Green, Eccleston and Euxton, as well as the Town Hall and at the Chorley Remembers project office situated in the Head Office of Chorley Building Society on Foxhole Road in the town.

To check a name, click the PDFs below which list, in alphabetical order, the men from the two World Wars.

If you cannot see a name on the list please Contact Us with as many details as possible.

Closing date for responses will be the end of May when the project team will look again at all the names, before submitting them to the designers and engravers to fit onto a new low screen wall of 18 panels to be erected at the rear of the current war memorial.

Artist's impression of the proposed work to be carried out at Chorley Cenotaph

Artist's impression of the proposed work to be carried out at Chorley Cenotaph

Commenting on the appeal, Project Chairman Lindsay Hoyle MP said “Staff and volunteers have spent the last 18 months compiling the names from various sources and want to get them as accurate as possible. The names are of men from Chorley town prior to local Government boundary changes in 1974, as men from surrounding villages are usually commemorated on their own village or parish memorials. If we were to include all the names from the wider Chorley area as it is today, then we would need five times the space and it would cost almost five times the amount we have been granted to complete the project”.

In addition to the appeal for names, Chorley Remembers Trustees and project team, in conjunction with Chorley Council who manage and maintain the war memorial, are seeking views on the overall design of the area in Astley Park. Local people and relatives of the fallen are welcome to comment on the outline of plans using the questionnaire on the Chorley Cenotaph page of the Chorley Remembers website; the closing date for responses to the design will be the 15th March.

It is hoped that the war memorial additions will be completed in time for the Remembrance Day ceremony in the town in November.