Memorials - Roach Bridge - Brindle & Son Paper Mill WW1 Memorial
Roach Bridge Mill, Roach Road, Samlesbury, Nr Preston, Lancashire PR5 0UB
Imperial War Museum Database - Not linked as database is confused between this memorial and the Cuerdale Cross
OS Grid Reference: SD 59582 28850
War Memorials Online - Ref: N/A
This memorial is sited in the canteen area of the Roach Bridge Mill. The image I have does show a faint makers mark, but I cannot make this out. It could be that the memorial was printed in house. It contains the names of 46 men arranged in two columns who joined up and fought. It most cases, just the initial and surname are given along with abbreviated regiment, but sometimes a full name is given and rank for an officer.
I have not been able to find any directory entries for Brindle & Son before or during the war, but this entry from 1923 gives a feel of what the company manufactured.
At least part of the Roach Bridge Mill is still engaged with paper manufacture. The building is situated by the River Darwen and has a purpose built weir.
Brindle & Son, Ltd., Samlesbury Paper Mills, nr. Preston (E.).N.R.S., Hoghton, L. & Y.R. T.A., "Brindle, Pleasington 4, Blackburn." T.N., 4 Pleasington (Blackburn Circuit). One machine, 76 ins.; water and steam power; output 50 tons weekly. Kraft Papers, Cotton Samplings, Cash Bag Manillas, Chalk Drawing Papers, Twist Casings, Bag and Rope Browns. PHILLIP'S PAPER TRADE DIRECTORY 1923
ROLL OF HONOUR
The Undernoted Employees of
BRINDLE & SON, LTD.
Paper Manufacturers, HOGHTON, near Preston,
Loyally took up Arms for their Country in the Great War,
commencing August 1914
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Published 28 March 2016
Image courtesy of the Samlesbury and Cuerdale Parish website
Brindle & Sons Mill, Roach Bridge
Image (C) Charles O'Donnell