Schoolchildren play key role in special project to remember Chorley Terriers

Memorial plaques, presented to the next of kin of all the Terriers killed at Festubert

Memorial plaques, presented to the next of kin of all the Terriers killed at Festubert

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Next week marks the centenary of one of the most devastating actions in which Chorley men participated in the Great War.

The majority of local men who saw action in the Battle of Festubert in northern France on June 15, 1915, served as members of the Chorley Terriers, part of the 1/4th Battalion of the Loyal North Lancashire Regiment.

Teacher Adam Cree

Teacher Adam Cree

Nine Chorley schools have collaborated to commemorate the sacrifice many of these men made in what was the most costly day for casualties in the war for the people of Chorley.

The project has been led by Dave Goulden, from Southlands High School, and Adam Cree, from St Michael’s CE Academy.

History teacher Mr Cree said: “This has been a significant historical and creative art project aimed to connect pupils from primary and secondary schools with the events their community responded to a century ago.

“It is a chance to see Chorley’s experience of the Great War through the eyes of our next generation of citizens.”

“This has been a significant historical and creative art project aimed to connect pupils from primary and secondary schools with the events their community responded to a century ago. It is a chance to see Chorley’s experience of the Great War through the eyes of our next generation of citizens.”

Teacher Adam Cree

The project has been assisted by local historian Stuart Clewlow and supported by the Chorley branch of the Lancashire Family History and Heraldry Society.

A preview for the exhibition will be held at Astley Park’s Farmhouse gallery for invited guests at 10am on Saturday.

The gallery will then be open to the public from noon until 3.30pm every Monday, Wednesday, Friday, Saturday and Sunday.

Admission is free and as well as the schools’ exhibition, there is a display of rare Festubert related medals and artefacts by Mr Clewlow and an accompanying exhibition of items by the Chorley Heritage Centre Support Group.

See next week’s Guardian for a special supplement all about the Battle of Festubert, as well as more information about the schools’ project and exhibition.