About Us

Chorley Pals 1915
The Lancashire market town of Chorley played its part in the First World War seeing men and women from the town and local villages serving in most theatres of the war from 1914 to 1919.

The Chorley in The Great War group was set up in October 2013 by First World War historian and author Steve Williams who is based in Brindle, near Chorley. Steve is also a well-known speaker on the subject and has been organising and leading battlefield trips to The Western Front since 2004. He is also the Co-Founder of the Chorley Pals Memorial Trust, formed in 2007, and was heavily involved with the Chorley Remembers project from 2010 to 2016.

The group’s first meeting was in January 2014 and now meets six times a year offering the opportunity to learn about the town’s involvement in “the war to end all wars”.

Membership is open to anyone over the age of 16 and welcomes schoolchildren to its meetings and trips as long as accompanied by a responsible adult. Annual membership is just £10 per annum but this is set to rise in 2018 to £12.

Members benefit from free entry to meetings (mostly illustrated talks) and access to research facilities including an extensive library. Entry to our meetings for visitors is £2.50.

The group would like to thank Chorley Building Society, Chorley Council and the Armed Forces Covenant Fund for their support, sponsorship and funding since 2014.

For a membership form and our 2017 programme, click here.