The Great War Commemoration Project

Supported by Heritage Lottery Funding

Events associated with the Project

A number of events have taken place since the inception of the project. These are organised by The Edgworth Pals group.  For information relating to past and future events, please contact Peter on 01204 852965.

8th November 2014 - A day of Remembrance

A special commemorative day which included readings from Anna Hope’s book “Wake”; a specially commissioned play, display of photographs of soldiers, themed floral and seat displays and an exhibition of research findings.  The event was co-ordinated by Peter.

November 2014 - The Play – A Long Line of Hope and Glory

The play was written and directed by Sheena Rudd and Joyce Pollard.  The participants and actors were all local people and the performance received a standing ovation.

Other people who contributed to the play were:  Simon Blachley who was always first to arrive and last to leave rehearsals.  His expertise with the lighting transformed the whole production.  The Poppy Majorettes also put in a lot of time rehearsing and were very excited to be involved.  Well done to Alice Ryder, Elysia Tanner and Daisy Mather.

21st and 22nd June 2014 – Prelude to the project

The Project was launched on 21st June.  Anna Hope read from her book “Wake” and signed copies (Anna went to school in the area), the cafe served a 1914 menu, and enhanced photographs of the 144 soldiers were displayed for the first time.  As events on 21st and 22nd June were outside the timescale of the Heritage Lottery Funding, the costs were met by private donations from within the village.

22nd June 2014 – Walking the Khaki Line

In early 1915 a huge transit camp was established in the area.  To read about the event, click here:

Around 200 people in the village came together to commemorate this event by walking along the route the soldiers would have taken to leave from Turton Station.

There is  a contemporary report on the Lancashire Fusiliers and the Chapeltown Camp published by the Salford Reporter. Click here to read.

The Ongoing Project







Poppy Unveiling Ceremony

On Saturday 7th November 2015 at 11-00 am on the first floor landing of the Barlow, Rhona Wood daughter of Ellis Ball one of the 144, unveiled a poppy in an oak case. It has been placed there as a mark of respect to all those from the area who were involved in the conflict.  Four generations of Ellis Ball’s family were present, including his great grandson.  The oak case was crafted by a village man.

The poppy was one of the 888246 ‘planted’ around the Tower of London in 2014. Each flower represented a lost British or Colonial military personnel from World War 1

‘To you from failing hands we throw the torch; be yours to hold it high’

The Great War - seen through the eyes of a rural community.

Supported by Heritage Lottery Funding


Researching the Histories of WW1 Soldiers