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Chorley’s Birds of War

Chorley WW1 pigeon article
Thanks to local historian Stuart Clewlow for an article from the ‘Chorley Guardian’ advising that for local men served in the Royal Engineers looking after pigeons for the British Expeditionary Force during the early part of the war.

Read the full article here.

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Chorley Boxer casualty

Boxer WW1 slain article

Michael Walsh, a 22 year old well known boxer from the town, was killed in action on the 26th March 1915 at Rue de l ’Epinette in the Festubert sector in northern France.

He served in the 1st Battalion of the Loyal North Lancashire Regiment and is buried in Rue de Berceaux Military Cemetery at Richebourg – L’ Avoue near Estaires.

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Chairman shows Chorley’s MP around the Somme battlefield

Steve Williams and Sir Lindsay Hoyle on the Somme in September 2018

Our Chairman, Steve Williams met up with the town’s Member of Parliament Sir Lindsay Hoyle in northern France at the start of September.

Steve and Sir Lindsay co-founded the Chorley Pals Memorial Trust in 2007 and toured the Somme battlefield where the local Pals Company and many other men from a cross the Borough fought and died.

The pair laid wreaths at the Chorley Pals plaque in the front line trenches at Serre, as well as at the Thiepval Memorial to the Missing of the Somme and on the grave of Private James Miller VC from Withnell who is buried in Dartmoor Cemetery near Albert.

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Concert to commemorate the Armistice

There is a concert to commemorate the 100th anniversary of the signing of the Armistice.

It is in Chorley Town Hall at 7.00 p.m. on Sunday, 11th November and features Leyland Band; tickets are £10 from Malcolm’s Musicland on Chapel Street in Chorley or call 0300 201 1916.

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Remembrance Sunday

Our Committee Member Cllr. Alistair Morwood will represent the group and lay wreaths at the Chorley Pals Memorial and at the town’s Cenotaph in Astley Park on Remembrance Sunday.

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Local soldiers commemorated

Well done to the Chorley Pals Memorial Trust for staging a parade and unveiling plaques in the town during September to commemorate the Chorley Pals and Chorley Terriers in the First World War.

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Two ‘Manchester Pals’ (from Chorley)

Pt Harold Wheatcroft

Did two Chorley railway station workers catch the train to Manchester to join their ‘Pals’ instead of the local unit?

An article spotted by our Chairman, local WW1 historian Steve Williams in the Chorley Guardian of October 1931 leads him to believe that two Chorley men chose the ‘Manchester Pals’ over the Chorley unit back in September 1914.

Article about Frederick Wheatcroft in the Chorley Guardian, 1931

Article about Frederick Wheatcroft in the Chorley Guardian, 1931

Stanley and Frederick Wheatcroft both worked at Chorley railway station, living at 18 Railway Street in the town where their parents ran a newsagents.

On the 8th September 1914, Stanley enlisted in the 19th (Service) Battalion of the Manchester Regiment (4th City Pals) as Private 1954, whilst his brother Fred was given the service number 1981.

When the Battalion went to France on the 8th November 1915, Fred was with them but Stanley was transferred as an Officer Cadet to the 26th (Reserve) Battalion based in Southport.

Fred saw action on the Somme on the 1st July 1916 attacking and taking the village of Montauban. He was also involved in the attack at Guillemont on the Somme on the 11th July, being awarded a Military Medal (per The London Gazette, 21st September 1916). It is more than likely that Fred was wounded in action as he was transferred to the Royal Engineers (Railway Unit) as Sapper WR276846 and then number 309133.

After the war he returned to his employment on the railway and in 1931 was promoted to Station Master at Langho, nr. Blackburn; he died in Knutsford in 1983, aged 90.

As for Stanley Wheatcroft, the 1919 Army List recorded him as being a 2nd. Lt. with the King’s Own Yorkshire Light Infantry.

There were two other boys from the Wheatcroft family eligible to serve in the First World War. Herbert (born 1898) was not recorded as joining up, whilst Harold (born 1899) was killed in action in France on the 25th August 1918 serving as Private 93676 in the 19th Bn., Royal Welch Fusiliers [pictured] and is buried in Adanac Military Cemetery at Miraumont, north-east of Arras.

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Trip planned to the National Memorial Arboretum

National Memorial Arboretum

We have organsied a coach trip to the NMA in Staffordshire on the 1st July 2017.

It will leave Chorley at 7.45am allowing people to attend the act of remembrance at the Chorley Pals Memorial in the town at 7.30am.

Download a booking form here.

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New banner purchased

The new bannerWe have bought a pop-up roller banner to be used at our meetings and to enhance any displays and / or any future exhibitions or events we may attend.

The backdrop is a photograph of Chorley Town Hall around 1914.

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Visitors impressed with Armistice Day display

Steve Williams and John Gillmore at the Armistice Day event at Chorley Town Hall in 2016

Our display on Armistice Day at the ‘WW1 Singalong’ event in Chorley Town Hall created quite a bit of interest, including from the Mayor Chorley, Cllr. Doreen Dickinson, and BBC Radio Lancashire’s John Gillmore.

The display was set up by our Chairman Steve Williams (pictured in shirt & tie) who also did a couple of live interviews on the radio from the event.

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