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Accrington Grammar School WW1 memorial unveiled at library

The bronze memorial was created in around 1920 and hung in the school

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(L-R) Peter Edmundson, the Mayor Coun Tim O'Kane, the Mayoress, Mrs Melanie Storey, Bob Dobson and Rev David Allen at the re dedication of a plaque in Accrington library

A memorial honouring pupils of a former Hyndburn school who fell in the Great War has been unveiled at Accrington Library.

Members of the Accrington Grammar School Old Boys Association were joined by the Mayor and Mayoress of Hyndburn Tim O’Kane and Melanie Storey and the Rev David Allen to unveil a bronze memorial on June 25.

The memorial was created in around 1920 and hung in the school when it was located on Blackburn Road and at Moorhead.

It was designed and executed by Walter Marsden, a highly-regarded sculptor who was an Old Boy of the school. He would have known many of the 53 fallen listed on it. Some years ago, the late historian Bill Turner researched the names, and learned that two names, John Verner Ingham and Tom Clifford Taylor, were missing from it. A plaque has been fixed to the wall near the memorial recording their names.

Former pupil Rev David Allen conducted the ceremony which also involved the Old Boys Association president Peter Edmundson and secretary Bob Dobson.

Commemorations for the centenary of the start of the Battle of the Somme on July 1 have been taking place across the borough.

This week's Accrington Observer out in the shops now also features a special eight-page pullout on how we reported the battle a century ago .