Chorley Pals War Memorial
Chorley Pals War Memorial
Chorley Pals War Memorial
Chorley Pals War Memorial
Chorley Pals War Memorial
Chorley Pals War Memorial
Chorley Pals War Memorial
Chorley Pals War Memorial
Chorley Pals War Memorial
Chorley Pals War Memorial
Chorley Pals War Memorial

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A memorial to the Chorley Pals; Y Company of the 11th Battalion, East Lancashire Regiment. The sculpture represents a soldier advancing up and out of his trench on July 1st 1916 to attack the German lines during the offensive on the Somme. He is stepping on a book on top of a pile of sandbags. The sculptor has said that the book can be seen as a soldier’s pay book, a Bible or as a page in history.
Title

Chorley Pals War Memorial

Date

2010

Medium

bronze, concrete & Portland limestone

Measurements

H 275 x W 170 x D 170 cm (E);
Plinth: H 237 x W 200 x D 200 cm

Accession number

PR7_AG_S063

Acquisition method

commissioned by Chorley Pals Memorial; gift from two private donors

Work type

War memorial

Owner

Chorley Pals Memorial Trust

Custodian

Chorley Borough Council

Work status

extant

Unveiling date

28th February 2010

Access

at all times

Inscription description

incised on south face of plinth: THE / CHORLEY / PALS / 1914–1919; incised on north face of plinth: SUEZ CANAL / 1916 / THE SOMME / 1916 1917 1918 / ARRAS / 1917 / HAZEBROUCK / 1918 / PLOEGSTEERT WOOD / 1918; on the other two faces of the plinth are incised the 221 names of the original Chorley Pals Company formed in 1914, along with the name of Lieutenant James Hitchen who was posted to the Chorley Company two weeks before the Somme attack in 1916.

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Located at

Union Street, Chorley

PR7 1AB

Opposite Chorley Borough Council Civic Offices, in the Flat Iron car park.