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New history group launched in Chorley dedicated to WW1

I have launched a new group focussing on Chorley’s involvement in the First World War, called ‘Chorley in The Great War’.

Chorley in the Great War Launch
Photograph shows (from left to right) Simon Ingham (Secretary / Treasurer), Steve Williams, members of ‘The Territorials’ living history group (Tony & Alison Radcliffe and Alistair Wilson) and local historian Stuart Clewlow, who is a Committee member).

Thirty five people, including several in period uniform, attended the inaugural meeting held at the Coach House on the Astley Hall complex in Chorley on Sunday, 5th January.

Membership has already reached a respectable twenty seven and members will have access to a programme of talks, workshops and visits on social and military history topics from the period 1914 to 1919 – all with a Chorley connection.

The next meeting is scheduled for Sunday, 2nd March when I am presenting an illustrated talk entitled ‘First World War Battlefields – then & now”.

The talk will feature many of the battlefields where men and women from the town and local villages fought; the meeting will be open to non–members.

Membership of the group is just £10 per year and details can be found on, on our Facebook page or by calling 0845 474 1418.