About South Ribble in the Great War
South Ribble in the Great War is a digitisation project and website that aims to catalogue all the memorials in the local area and tell the stories of those who fought and those who stayed at home. The South Ribble area encompasses the main towns and villages of Leyland, Walton-le-Dale, Bamber Bridge, Longton, Penwortham and all the villages in between (see borough map to the left).
From the Western Front to the Pacific Ocean, more than 880 men from the local townships and villages of South Ribble lost their lives in the Great War. It is estimated that over 7,000 men volunteered or were enlisted. They served in myriad regiments and services including the Loyal North Lancashire Regiment through the Australian Imperial Forces to the Ferozepore Sikhs.
At home, numerous committees sprang up to aid soldiers at the front, Leyland motors produced vehicles in their thousands for the war effort, most notably the Leyland R.A.F. type, a vehicle produced in numerous numbers for the fledgling air services and Leyland and Penwortham took in Belgian refugees fleeing from the German advance.
Post-war, new homes were built for the returning men and in some instances work had to be found for them due to the downturn in the cotton trade. There was a profound need to remember those men who never returned in a variety of ways. There are over 50 separate and distinct memorials in the South Ribble area. Almost every Church in the area has a memorial and some have unusual ones such as the screen within St.Ambrose, Leyland, painted by a grateful Belgian, Monsieur Jansen who was given succour by the locals.
This project is not a solo one and there will be stories from other contributors along the way, and we need your contributions in order to bring the subject to life.
Proud to be a nominee at the 2015 South Ribble Community Awards.
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