Re-dedication of a war memorial found on a scrap heap in Greater Manchester and bearing the names of several Clitheroe soldiers was one of the final chapters in an ongoing quest to find out about its history.
The roll of honour features the names of 49 men who worked for the Co-operative Wholesale Society, among them 12 men from Clitheroe and the surrounding area.
The story of the memorial, which is now re-sited in the nearest Co-operative premises to its original site, was featured in the Clitheroe Advertiser and Times (October 20th), after Clitheroe resident Mrs Carol Pearson appealed to any remaining family members of the 12 Clitheroe men named on the memorial to come forward.
Discovered in a warehouse in Trafford Park, after languishing there for at least 15 years, the memorial has now been fully restored to its original state and will now be permanently displayed at the Co-operative Funeral Service building at 143, Cross Lane, Salford, as this was the nearest post code to the original siting in Vere Street, Salford.
Carol, whose grandfather Peter Hulland is one of the men named on the plaque, proudly attended the memorial dedication service on Novenber 11th, where wreaths were laid by the Langworthy, Broughton and Pendleton branches of the Royal British Legion. The wreath laying was followed by a poignant rendition of The Last Post.
Carol said: “My mum and I always knew there was a memorial somewhere, so I was absolutely delighted when I heard that it had been found. It looks absolutely fantastic and it’s great to know that these men will now never be forgotten. My grandfather was just 23 when he died, so didn’t get a chance to have a life. Seeing the memorial in its new home was wonderful and very emotional.”
Amy Davidson, Conservation Officer for the War Memorials Trust said: “We were first alerted to this memorial’s location and condition in 2009. We are delighted to have been able to offer or support in restoring the plaque from it’s terrible condition back to its former glory and this is a very fitting tribute to those commemorated.”
The 11 men from Clitheroe named alongside Peter, of Union Street, Low Moor are listed as follows: Edmund Rawlinson, William Thomas, James Loynd, Charles Park, Thomas Hitchin, John Samuel Davies, J Durham, James Fell, Dixon Alston, Thomas Alston and Robert Bowker.
• If you have any information on any of these men, or require further details, contact Carol Pearson on 01200 422340 or Shirley Penman on 01200 424462.