Sponsored walk remembers Chorley Terriers in World War 1

Chorley Terriers marching to Preston at the outbreak of war in August 1914

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

The Chorley Terriers pictured in 1914

The Chorley Terriers pictured in 1914

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

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

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

Walkers will depart at 10.30 am and pause 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.

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.