1914 – 18 War Memorial

War Memorial

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.

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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 2018 Wreathlaying was held on 9th November.

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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

Albert THORNLEY

Edwin CLARKE

Peter WEIR

James Arthur LONGWORTH (revised October 15)

Robert LOWTHER

Walter BATTERSBY

Gilbert Harold & Ernest Victor SLATER

The following are ‘THOSE WHO FOUGHT AND RETURNED’

LEFT PANEL

William THOMASSON

Norman HARGREAVES

Frederick HARDMAN

Arthur HARDMAN

John William & Wilfred WRIGHT

James & George WEIR

Frank CLARKE

Harold LIVINGSTONE

Philip NUTTALL

Ernest SPENCER

Percy PILLING

RIGHT PANEL

Robert JEWITT

Eli TAYLOR

Joseph  & Percy TAYLOR

Samuel TAYLOR

William PENNINGTON

John Harold WHITE

Thomas HIBBERT

William SETTLE

Allan PILKINGTON

Fred STREET

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.