War memorials given prime spot at Bolton Town Hall

By Culture24 staff | 04 November 2009
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A wooden panel featuring almost two hundred names

(Above) WWI roll of honour from the The Bolton Grand Division of the Order of the Sons of Temperance

A trio of memorials featuring the names of 175 fallen servicemen have been given pride of place at Bolton Town Hall.

The rolls of honour include employees from Bolton Co-operative Society, the Bolton Corporation Sewage Department and members of the Bolton Grand Division of the Order of the Sons of Temperance.

Dozens of Co-op workers who gave their lives in World War One and nine more who died in World War Two are also detailed on the Bolton Co-operative Society memorial.

Of the 12 men named by The Bolton Corporation Sewage Department, two were killed in World War One. It is thought to be the only surviving example of such a department keeping a memorial.

A further 117 members are detailed on a roll for The Bolton Grand Division of the Order of the Sons of Temperance, all of whom lost their lives in the First World War.

The separate memorials, which formed part of the Bolton Museum, Aquarium and Archive collections, join similar tributes in the building's Hall of Memories. The museum website holds a full list of names of those mentioned.

Mayor Norman Critchley will unveil the tributes in a special ceremony from 2pm tomorrow. Relatives of named servicemen are invited to attend.

Contact the museum on 01204 338808 to confirm your attendance for the ceremony or to find out more about the rolls.

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