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Showing Chorley’s MP around the Somme battlefield

Steve with Sir Lindsay Hoyle MP on the Somme

For two days last September I had the pleasure of showing my Member of Parliament, Sir Lindsay Hoyle, around the WW1 Somme battlefield in northern France. 

Sir Lindsay paid respects and laid a wreath on the grave of a local Victoria Cross winner,  James Miller.

We both laid wreaths at the Thiepval Memorial to the Missing of the Somme, as well as laying a wreath at the Chorley Pals plaque in the front line trenches at Serre.

Other sites visited included the Lochnager Crater at La Boiselle, Flat Iron Copse Cemetery at Mametz Wood and Heilly Station Cemetery – the latter two being the final resting place of a number of Chorley men.