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WW1 Memorial Unveiling   
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At 11 o’clock on Tuesday night the 4th August 1914, Great Britain declared war on Germany. It was a time when fathers and mothers, brothers and sisters, stood side by side with wives and children on the railway platforms of Bacup, Stacksteads and Waterfoot, waving off their menfolk as they left for a war described as one like no other, one that would end all wars, and one that would be over by Christmas. From the NAT, 32 members of the NAT joined the colours eager no doubt to do their bit. Of those 32, five would pay the ultimate sacrifice, and it was those men that we remembered on Easter Saturday 20th April 2019, when we unveiled our beautiful commemorative armed forces bench and silent soldier. Funded as part of our recent Heritage Lottery, Sharing Heritage Grant this was for us the culmination of the work on WW1 we began in 2014 when we received our first WW1 Then and Now Heritage Lottery grant. Our President Mr Ken Bowden opened the proceedings before Pat Smith and Andrew Walmsley of Bacup Pride, (who look after the Newgate garden where the memorials are situated) did the honour of unveiling the bench and statue for us. The names of the five men were read out by Scott Knowles our fabulous Meet the Tommy exhibitor and following a short speech by the Mayor Councillor Ann Kennyon, 10 year old Leo Stemp from the 2nd Rossendale Scout Band played a fautless rendition of the Last Post followed by a 2 minute silence and revali. Guests were invited to then take refreshments inside the society rooms where we also had another fabulous Meet the Tommy exhibition. Later in the afternoon four members of the Britannia Coconutters visited the garden.   
Early morning Awaiting ceremony Members of Committee and our youngest member 8 year old Evie. Pat and Andrew Silent Soldier statue Memorial Bench 10 year old Leo Stemp and Tom Lord. Scott Knowles Meet the Tommy Scott Knowles and Britannia Coconutter Joe Healey. Invited guests. Jennifer and Evie.
They shall grow not old, as we that are left grow old, age shall not weary them, nor the years condemn, at the going down of the sun, and in the morning, we will remember them. Sam Myerscough, Fred Horrocks, Frank Horrocks, Alexander Pounder, Willie Pickup
In early 1915 the Committee members of the Bacup Natural History Society sent out war comfort parcels to those “Nat” members who were serving in the forces. Each parcel included a letter informing them they had been included in the “ Nat Roll of Honour “ along with a poem penned by  Shepster a poet well known and loved by Bacup folk and  member of the NAT Commiteee. Some of the recipetents, Frank Horrocks,  Sam Mysercough, Alex Pounder wrote letters of thanks.
Frank Horrocks Letter Sam Myerscough Letter Alex Pounder Letter