RESIDENTS in Blackrod are being urged to make sure the memories of soldiers from the village who were killed in the First World War will live on.

The Blackrod Community Group was formed last year, made up of local schools, churches, community teams and the parish council.

Its aim is to develop ideas for events and activities to commemorate the centenary year of the conflict.

One task the group is working on is to carry out research into the men whose names are listed on the Blackrod war memorial.

Many of the men’s service records will have been destroyed in the Second World War, so the group is calling on residents who may have information, or who would like to be involved, to get in touch.

Ward councillor Ann Cunliffe said: “The war had a huge impact on every community in the country, no matter how small or isolated.

“Even the smallest villages have stories from the time demonstrating the courage, fortitude and comradeship of those who participated in the conflict.

“Although they may not know it, many people will have a member of their family who was directly affected by the war. Now, more than ever, it is important that we all remember.”

If anyone has any information or would like to get in touch, the group can be contacted at

There will be a meeting on Thursday, February 27, from 10am to noon, at the Blackrod Town Council offices.

Anyone with memories, inform-ation or memorabilia is invited to come along.