1914 – 18 War Memorial
War Memorial – Smithills Chapel
This War Memorial was erected and unveiled in Smithills Hall Chapel on 28th October 1921 “with appreciation of those who had contributed generously to erect a Memorial to the heroes who fought and fell for the sake of those they loved.”
The Bolton Journal reports “This Memorial was unveiled and dedicated by Colonel Ainsworth and Rev. W. S. Standen “
The original Memorial was changed (at an unknown date) when it was discovered that one of the men who died was named Longworth and not Longwith as on the original Memorial..
Research has been done to identify those named and attempt to give substance to their hidden stories of sacrifice and service to their country, during difficult times. It is hoped that the narratives, although never complete, give some understanding of the lives of the men whose names appear on the Smithills Hall Chapel Memorial.
In 2014 the first ever Friends wreathlaying event was held and poppies were planted outside the Chapel entrance in remembrance of those who fell.
If you know any more about the background of these men or are in anyway related to one of them – please contact David Williams, Chairman of the Friends of Smithills Hall, using the contact page of this website.
2017 & 2018 War Memorial Wreath Laying
There were short Wreath Laying ceremonies in the Chapel on Friday 10th November 2017 and 9th November 2018. Thank to all who came.
2017 is the centenary of the battle of Passchendaele. James Arthur Longworth died 23rd July 1917 and Robert Lowther died at Ypres on 2nd August 1917.
2018 was the 100th anniversary of the signing of the Armistice on 11th November 1918. Two men on the Memorial died after the end of the war were brothers Gilbert Harold and Ernest Victor Slater. Their stories are under “Those who fell”
We remember them.
The 2019 Wreathlaying will be held on Friday 8th November.
Those named on the Chapel War Memorial
The following are ‘THOSE WHO FELL’. To read these stories click the link to the documents below which recall the background of these men.
Adrian Grant DUFF
Harold Russell ENGLAND
James Arthur LONGWORTH (revised October 15)
Gilbert Harold & Ernest Victor SLATER
The following are ‘THOSE WHO FOUGHT AND RETURNED’
John William & Wilfred WRIGHT
James & George WEIR
Joseph & Percy TAYLOR
John Harold WHITE
John Russell ENGLAND MC
Humphrey Ainsworth Russell ENGLAND
This research is by no means complete and may not be wholly accurate.
If you know any more about the background of any of these men or are in anyway related to one of them – please contact David Williams, Chairman of the Friends of Smithills Hall, using the Contact Page of this website.