Names of Westhoughton's World War One fallen to be repainted on memorial

Names of Westhoughton's World War One fallen to be repainted on memorial

Names of Westhoughton's World War One fallen to be repainted on memorial

First published in News The Bolton News: Photograph of the Author by , reporter

GOLDEN names of the estimated 221 Westhoughton servicemen killed in World War One on the town’s war memorial will have an extra gleam to them this Remembrance Day.

Westhoughton Town Council and the War Memorials Trust have agreed to repaint the names of the town’s fallen and give the memorial a clean.

The work will cost £770, with the council and trust each paying £385.

Cllr David Chadwick, leader of Westhoughton Town Council, said: “I would like to propose that we go ahead with this.

“This is the centenary of the start of World War One and so many local people gave their lives in that war.

“I think it’s important that we maintain the war memorial to the best standard possible.

“Anything that endorses the memorial and makes it look positive has to be a good thing and we should make sure the work is completed by Remem-brance Sunday.”

Westhoughton Town Council spent £1,600 on installing new handrails to make the memorial more accessible for older people in November.

The Westhoughton memorial was put up in 1919 “in thankful remembrance and in gratitude to the men of Westhoughton who lost their lives in the Great War”.

A wall circling the memorial was later added, with the names of the 109 men who died during the Second World War enscribed on it.

The most recent serviceman from the town to have died in the line of duty is Kingsman Darren Deady, who was shot in the Nahr-e Saraj district of Helmand Province, Afghanistan, on August 23, 2010.

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