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Heroes' names get pride of place on Barnoldswick war memorial
THE names of 46 heroes were added to the Barnoldswick war memorial yesterday as serving soldiers were given the freedom of the town.
Marking the end of two years of research, Peter Thompson and Ian Lambert from Barnoldswick War Memorial Group, unveiled the new plaques to honour 34 people from the town who died in the First World War, and 12 in the Second World War.
One panel now also mentions the sinking of the HMHS Rohilla, which ran aground off the coast of Whitby in October 1914.
The hospital ship had 15 men from Barnoldswick on board, 12 of whom died.
The event yesterday also saw the Yorkshire Regiment given the Freedom of Barnoldswick, before soldiers from the regiment marched through the town to the ceremony at the cenotaph in Wellhouse Road.
Mr Thompson, who served in the Royal Navy, said: “It was a very proud and emotional day. This has been two years of research.
“It has been hard work but it has been fantastic as well and it is great to see the new plaques. We had a spitfire fly over the town before the ceremony in the afternoon, and it was great to see regiment marching through the town and the band playing.”
The chairman of the town council, Ken Hartley, welcomed the Yorkshire Regiment before handing over the Freedom Scroll to Lieutenant Colonel Iain Hallam, from the Yorkshire Regiment.
The regiment then marched from the Town Square to the war memorial, where the Rev Derek Oldham, chaplin to the Barnoldswick and district branch of the Royal British Legion, led the re-dedication service.
Lt Col Iain Hallam, Pendle MP Andrew Stephenson, Pendle mayor Smith Benson and Mr Hartley then all laid wreaths at the memorial.
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