Chorley Pals remembered on Somme anniversary

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The Chorley Pals were remembered this morning at 7.30 am with a simple act of remembrance at their memorial in Chorley.

It was attended by 25 people, including six Chorley Councillors, several descendants of Chorley Pals, Trustees of the Chorley Pals Memorial charity, representatives of the Chorley in The Great War group and Chorley & District Ex-Services Association.

The Chorley Pals suffered 34 killed or died of wounds soon after, with another 57 being wounded in the attack on the 1st July 1916.

Commenting on the turnout, Chorley Pals Memorial Secretary & Co-Founder Steve Williams said: “This is the sixth time we have had an act for remembrance at the memorial on the 1st July. No doubt there will be many more people here next year at the 100th anniversary of when the Pals went over the top on the Somme.”

The town’s MP and Chairman & Co-Founder of the Chorley Pals Memorial Trust Lindsay Hoyle said: “It is right that we remember the sacrifice of the Chorley Pals on this day, along with many others from the Borough who fought on the Somme 99 years ago.”