Remembering The Past With Chorley Pals
Last year Sylvia, John and I went to the Chorley Pals Memorial Exhibition on the Astley Hall complex near our home. We had a fantastic visit and were able to spend time thinking and learning about those who gave their lives for us during the great wars.
We have lived in the area now for three years and I really wanted my daughter to learn more about the soldiers who died and fought in the wars. We have a number family members who died in world war one and Sylvia’s late Grandfather David Milnes was in the military.
Also during World War two, my great grandfather Captain Francis Bottoms played a large role in the war. During world war two, Francis’s duty was to save aircrew who had been shot down in the water. Francis saved over 200 lives.
After the war he was given a MBE Member of the British Empire Medal for bravery. He went out in rough conditions and against orders saved the lives of some people who otherwise would have died. He also got the North atlantic star and the North sea star for serving in those locations.
Francis went to meet King George 6th with his wife and two sons. He only had two tickets and my grandpa was supposed to stay outside the palace but then they arrived at Buckingham Palace, the police officer asked who grandpa was and Francis said he was his son and so my grandfather David Bottoms got to meet King George too.
Going to the Chorley Pals Memorial Exhibition was really fun. We were able to try on soldiers hats and see what it would have been like for those at war. Sylvia especially loved seeing the medical section. That would make sense as I have health issues and Sylvia is a caring child.
John enjoyed seeing the different weapons and guns. He found that really interesting and the trip reminded me of when I was younger and visited a war memorial site as a child.
Visiting the Exhibition was lovely and a great experience. There is so much value in teaching our children about the past and about War. I’m looking forward to taking Sylvia to the library and we are going to take books out about the war to learn more together.
The Chorley Pals Memorial commemorates and remembers the 1914 C Company, 7th Battalion, East Lancashire Regiment through to the Y company of the 11th Service Battalion Accrington East Lancashire Regiment. Many died at the Battle of the Somme and in other locations and it’s important for us as a community and nation to remember this.
We did have a fantastic visit. The exhibition is free but you’re able to give a small donation when visiting if you wish.
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