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Weʼre raising £7,000 to Build a Memorial to the 60 men from Astley who lost their lives in WW1

Location
Astley, Manchester, United Kingdom
Category
In memory
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84 days to go

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We are trying to raise money for the erection of a memorial in Astley which will commemorate the lives of 60 Astley men who gave their lives in the First World War.
Currently there is no such memorial to these men because the original, which was a large marble tablet on the wall in St Stephens church, was lost in the fire when the church was burned down in the early 1960`s. Some of the men`s names are mentioned on a memorial in Tyldesley cemetery, but not all.
If we can raise the money, via donations and grants, we are hoping to erect a memorial of black granite in the shape of a needle approximately 10/12 feet high with the names of the 60 men carved on it. This will cost us around £7000 and we would like to think we can achieve this target and get the memorial in place for the centenary celebrations to mark the end of the First World War (ie: November 2018)

I hope that people from the local community will feel able to support our fundraising challenge. We want to be able to site the memorial at a place which will be accessible and visible to all the Astley community. Local councillors are behind the scheme and have said that Brighter Borough funding will be available to ensure the site around the memorial is a place where people can sit, relax and reflect.

Michelle Lewthwaite

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  • Michelle Lewthwaite

    Michelle Lewthwaite

    a month ago

    Michelle Lewthwaite

    In 2013 the Scouts in the 1st Astley Lions Troop carried out some research into the impact of the 1914 to 1918 First World War on the small community of Astley. The scouts spent a day looking through the archives at Leigh library as well as conducting some research on-line. A large display has been created to show- case their work and there are pictures and newspaper articles depicting the 60 men from Astley who signed up for the front and, tragically, lost their lives.

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  • Michelle Lewthwaite

    Michelle Lewthwaite

    a month ago

    Michelle Lewthwaite

    Here are two of the stories which the Scouts have uncovered:- The story of Thomas Sarsfield who lived in Astley was the one which brought home the reality and harshness of war to the scouts conducting the research. Thomas was just 16 years old when he died on H.M.S. Invincible in May 1916 at the battle of Jutland in the North Sea off mainland Denmark. The battle cruiser was rent in two by enemy fire and sank with the loss of 1,026 lives.

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  • Michelle Lewthwaite

    Michelle Lewthwaite

    a month ago

    Michelle Lewthwaite

    Another Astley man, John Elsby, enlisted in 1914. He lived at 36 Ellesmere Street, Higher Green, directly opposite the current scout headquarters. John was a private in the King`s Own Royal Lancaster regiment who died from wounds in France in 1916.

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  • GAIL CRAVEN

    GAIL CRAVEN

    Dec 7, 2016

    Good luck .with your fundraising. You are a star for doing this. With love from all the family xx

    £65.00

  • Anonymous

    Anonymous

    Nov 6, 2016

    £10.00

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Michelle Lewthwaite

Michelle Lewthwaite

Astley, Manchester, United Kingdom

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