School pupils commemorate sacrifices of WWI soldiers

Societies'Chorley Historical and Archaeology Society who meet at Chorley Central Library'Guest speaker Adam Cree

Societies'Chorley Historical and Archaeology Society who meet at Chorley Central Library'Guest speaker Adam Cree

0
Have your say

AN EXHIBITION is being held to mark the centenary of one of the most devastating actions in which Chorley men participated in the Great War.

The majority of local men who saw action in the Battle of Festubert in northern France on June 15, 1915, served as members of the Chorley Terriers, part of the 1/4th Battalion of the Loyal North Lancashire Regiment.

Nine Chorley schools have now collaborated to commemorate the sacrifice many of these men made.

Adam Cree, history teacher at St Michael’s CE Academy, said: “This has been a significant historical and creative art project aimed to connect pupils from primary and secondary schools with the events their community responded to a century ago.”

A preview for invited guests will be held today and the exhibition at Astley Park’s Farmhouse will be open to the public from noon until 3.30pm every Monday, Wednesday, Friday, Saturday and Sunday. Admission is free.

There is also a display of rare Festubert-related medals and artefacts by local historian Stuart Clewlow and an accompanying exhibition of items by Chorley Heritage Centre Support Group.