Whittingham set for war memorial to be unveiled

A village is set to unveil and dedicate it’s first war memorial on Armistice Day - this Friday, November 11 - to commemorate the centenary of the First World War.

The stone war memorial, in memory of the residents of Whittingham parish who served in any way in the Great War of 1914-1918, will be unveiled by Whittingham Parish Council, assisted by World War Two veteran Gerard Rogerson, during a dedication service starting at 10.45am and lasting approximately 15 minutes and including a short service of blessings and remembrance.

All residents are invited to attend the service at the war memorial, which is to be located in the garden area at the corner of Beacon Drive and Whittingham Lane.

Mr Rogerson, who lives in the village, was recently granted the Freedom of Longridge for his war service and France’s highest honour, The Legion D’Honneur, for helping to liberate France. He was called up in February, 1944 aged 18.

The only existing war memorial within the parishes of Goosnargh and Whittingham is positioned inside Goosnargh St Mary’s Church and members of Whittingham Parish Council decided it would be a fitting tribute, to mark the centenary of WW1, to have a war memorial in their own parish, accessible to all.

Parish council clerk Julie Buttle explained why they chose the garden for the location of the new war memorial.

She said: “We chose this area as it is a nice, green space with benches and acts as a poignant place to reflect on the past and unfortunately the present.

“It may only be on a small scale, but it is our way of giving the community something to remember people by.”

The memorial itself will be an open book of two stones, with the words reading: “In memory of the residents of Whittingham Parish who served in any way in the Great War of 1914 -1918.”

Please contact Mrs Buttle on wparishclerk@gmail.com for further details.