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Remembering the fallen 23

Brian Taylor and Jim Slater with the new plaque on the outside of the Samlesbury Memorial Hall

Brian Taylor and Jim Slater with the new plaque on the outside of the Samlesbury Memorial Hall

Memories of First World War soldiers will be compiled as part of a project that has got the go ahead thanks to £9,800 from the Heritage Lottery Fund (HLF).

Members of Samlesbury War Memorial Hall in Cuerdale Lane, received the money as part of the HLF’s First World War: then and now programme.

Volunteers will collect photographs, war records, newspaper clippings, documents, letters and photos of keepsakes, as well as family tales passed down to help them build a clear picture of the 23 men who died in the conflict, and make a permanent exhibition of their findings.

An information board will be created for each soldier, and an archive will be created where everyone can access.

Brian Taylor, War Memorial Hall Chair of Trustees, said: “Samlesbury is a rural area with a low population, and 23 of our young men went to war and never came home.

“We wanted to do something to commemorate them, and all the other people from the area who fought in the First World War.

“If you took 23 men out of the community now, it would have a massive impact, just as it did then, and we want to build up a picture of each of the men. They would have been farmers and mill workers, people’s fathers, sons, uncles, and their loss needs to be marked properly.”

Brian’s own great-uncle, John Taylor, a gunner, was killed shortly after the war finished on his way home.

Brian added: “The project has generated a lot of interest in the area I hope we will be able to get in touch with more relatives.”

A commemorative lunch will take place on Sunday, August 3, with readings and music of the time.

 

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