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The Public Meeting held in our Primary School back in February resolved to undertake a programme of events to commemorate the Centenary of the Armistice on Remembrance Sunday this year. Since then a small band of volunteers has been working tirelessly to engage with village residents and local businesses to determine how we should mark the Centenary.

We have been very fortunate to receive grants and donations which enable us to place banners throughout the village, to purchase printed mugs for our school children, to purchase silhouettes from ‘There but Not There’, blue plaques to go on buildings with WWI associations and to create new village maps which show these buildings.

Our uniformed organisations are busy preparing for Remembrance Sunday and now that the new term has started the school is running a WWI project. The programme is not complete but the following gives a digest of events:

Saturday 3rd November

Remembrance Service with the Royal British Legion at NHS MerseyCare (Calderstones) followed by Act of Remembrance at the CWGC Cemetery.

Friday 9th November

Oakhill School attend Act of Remembrance at the War Memorial (time TBC)

Saturday, 10th November

There will be a display over the weekend of WWI memorabilia in the old Grammar School, set up by the Whalley District History Society.

Sunday 11th November, Remembrance Sunday/Armistice Day

It would be right and proper for the village to turn out for the Service of Thanksgiving and the Act of Remembrance; we have the unenvious task of arranging to close King Street for one hour on the morning of the 11th November! This will be a unique occasion; please come along and support us.

    Clifford.

WE WILL REMEMBER THEM

Over the past few weeks I have been walking through our Churchyard looking for the graves of the Whalley Fallen. I found the grave of Private William Exton; he is buried in a family grave in the ‘new’ part of the Churchyard. It occurred to me that we should mark these graves for the Remembrance Weekend; not a permanent feature but something temporary (otherwise a faculty would be required from the Diocese with all that entails!)

So I have suggested to the Whalley Remembers team and to our Vicar that we place lanterns at each WWI grave as part of our Heritage Walk on the Saturday before Remembrance Sunday. Next time you come to church take a little time and look for these graves; you may be amazed as to what you find!

Last month I said that I would mention the Ormerod brothers from Nethertown. Both Frank and Robert Ormerod died in August, 1915 aged 18. It is impossible to imagine the impact felt

by their parents after being told that both of their sons had died virtually at the same time but in different parts of the world. I can only assume that they were twins from their age. This serves to show us the importance of Remembrance, not just the Fallen but their families as well.

The names of the fallen continue with:

Private Frank Taylor Ormerod, 12029 1st Battalion Border Regiment; died 13th August, 1915 aged 18. Frank was drowned after being torpedoed on the ‘Royal Edward’. He is remembered at the Helles Memorial, Gallipoli, Turkey.

Private Robert Taylor Ormerod, 18859 6th Battalion, East Lancashire Regiment; killed in action on 9th August, 1915 aged 18. He also is remembered at the Helles Memorial, Gallipoli, Turkey.  Both Robert and Frank were the sons of William Henry and Margaret Alice who were married on the 5th February, 1880 at St. George, Everton. Their address is given as ‘Laurel Mount’, Nethertown.

Private George Parramore, 32130 6th Battalion The Loyal North Lancashire Regiment died from severe wounds aged 35 on 19th August, 1917. George is buried in the Baghdad (North gate) War Cemetery, Iraq. He was the son of Thomas and Julia who were married in 1882, in the Sheffield area. George was married to Ethel in St. Mary & All Saints Church in 1907. His address is simply given as Whalley.

Private Fred Proctor, 26247 ‘B’ Company, 2nd Battalion, East Lancashire Regiment. Died of wounds on 13th October 1918. He is buried in the Orchard Dump Cemetery, Arleux-en-Gohelle, Pas de

Calais, France. Fred was the son of John and Elizabeth who were married at St. Bartholomew, Chipping in 1894. His address is given as Whalley.

Corporal Fred Roose, 41121 61st Field Company, Royal Engineers died of wounds on 20th August, 1916 aged 23. Fred is buried at the Heilly Station Cemetery, Mericourt-L’Abbe, Somme, France. He was the son of Walter and Martha Ann who were married at the Chapel of St. Mary, Great Sankey. Fred’s address is given as ‘South View’ Whalley.

Private Charles Williams Rydeheard, 13537 1st Battalion, Lancashire Fusiliers. Died of wounds on 23rd April, 1917. Charles is buried at the Faubourg D’Amiens Cemetery, Arras, Pas de Calais, France. He was the son of John and Ellen who were married at St. Mary and All Saints Church on 27th January, 1881. Charles’ address is given as Church Lane, Whalley.

Regimental Quartermaster Sergeant Wilfred Sankey, 265245 1st/4th Battalion, King’s Own (Royal Lancaster Regiment). Drowned when his ship sank on 5th October, 1918. He is remembered at the Hollybrook Memorial, Southampton, Hampshire. Wilfred was the son of Thomas and Alice who were married in the Shifnal area in 1880. His address is given as Whalley.

The final names will appear in the November magazine. I have been heartened by the number of readers who have said how much they enjoy these articles.   

Thank you, Clifford.