Bugle call for Great War

Looking back: Members of the new group will commemorate the First World War
Looking back: Members of the new group will commemorate the First World War
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A new brigade has answered the bugle call in what is a milestone year in British military history.

The Chorley in The Great War group, which will focus on the town’s involvement in the First World War, was launched at the start of this month.

It coincides with the centenary of the beginning of the war.

Thirty five people, including several in period uniform, attended the inaugural meeting in the Coach House at Astley Park.

Membership has already reached a respectable 27 people.

They can attend meetings as part of a programme of talks, workshops and visits on social and military history topics from the period 1914 to 1919 – all with a Chorley connection.

It is the idea of Brindle-based Great War historian and author Steve Williams, secretary of the Chorley Pals Memorial and manager of the Chorley Remembers project.

Steve, who is the group’s chairman, said: “The interest locally in the First World War has grown since the appeal for a memorial to the Chorley Pals back in 2007.

“The work by Chorley Remembers increased the interest so it was only natural to launch a group.

“We hope to play our part in various commemorations over the next four years.”

The Chorley in The Great War group’s next meeting is on Sunday, March 2, when there will be an illustrated talk entitled First World War Battlefields – Then And Now.

The meeting will be open to non–members.

Membership is £10 per year and details can be found on their website www.chorleyinthegreatwar.org.uk or at www.facebook.com/ChorleyWW1. Alternatively, call 0845 474 1418.