Royal British Legion - Whalley & District Branch

The Whalley branch of the Royal British Legion are seeking people to become members. The branch was formed on the 23rd September 1921. New members who have not served in the services are just as welcome as ex-service personnel.
 
If you can assist the branch in any way, even if it is only with your presence, especially at Remembrance time, please come along.
 
Meetings are held at The Dog Inn, Whalley.
 
For further information Tel No. 01254 246481 - Norman Whitham, Hon. Secretary.
 
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Nine soldiers who gave their lives during the Second World War have had their ultimate sacrifice officially recognised sixty years (2005) after the conflict ended.
 
The nine men are buried in the Military Cemetery at the former Calderstones Hospital, at Whalley, but their names were not included on the Cross of Sacrifice at the heart of the cemetery.
 
Following research by the War Graves Commission, a specially cast brass plaque bearing the names of the nine men has been attached to the monument.
 
It was unveiled at a ceremony to honour their memory and that of all those buried at the Military Cemetery.
 
In attendance were leading members of the Whalley Branch of the Royal British Legion, together with local dignitaries, representatives of the War Graves Commission and of Calderstones N.H.S. Trust, which has its headquarters at the former Calderstones Hospital.
Originally built as a "Lunatic Asylum", it served as a Military Hospital during both the First and Second World Wars.
 
Some of those who died of their wounds while at the hospital are buried in the Military Cemetery, which remains the responsibility of the War Graves Commission.
 
Each year a parade and Service of Remembrance is held at the site in honour of the fallen. This is organised by the N.H.S. Trust and the Royal British Legion.
 
PHOTOGRAPHS - SEE GALLERY UNDER CALDERSTONES – CLICK HERE.
 
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