Tributes to Chorley Pals at the Battle of the Somme

Remembering the Chorley Pals who fought at the Battle of the Somme
Remembering the Chorley Pals who fought at the Battle of the Somme
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The brave soldiers who fought at the Battle of the Somme 99 years ago were remembered at a service in Chorley.

A simple act of remembrance was held at 7.30am on Wednesday at the Chorley Pals memorial on the Flat Iron car park, in Chorley town centre.

It was attended by 25 people, including several descendants of Chorley Pals, six Chorley councillors, trustees of the Chorley Pals Memorial charity, and representatives of the Chorley In The Great War group and Chorley And District Ex-Services Association.

The service was held to honour the Chorley Pals who went over the top at the start of the Battle of the Somme on July 1, 1916.

Around 170 members of the company went over the top, with 34 Pals killed and 57 wounded in the attack.

Chorley Pals Memorial secretary and co-founder Steve Williams said: “This is the sixth time we have had an act for remembrance at the memorial on July 1.

“It is right that we remember the sacrifice of the Chorley Pals on this day, along with many others from the borough who fought on the Somme 99 years ago.”

Lindsay Hoyle

“No doubt there will be many more people here next year at the 100th anniversary of when the Pals went over the top on the Somme.”

Chorley’s MP Lindsay Hoyle, who is also chairman and co-founder of the Chorley Pals Memorial Trust, said: “It is right that we remember the sacrifice of the Chorley Pals on this day, along with many others from the borough who fought on the Somme 99 years ago.”