…to the November 2020 edition of our magazine Reveille. The last few months have been difficult ones for all of us particularly since we are not able to meet nor go on our usual travels to the continent. In response the WFA has been hosting a number of online seminars and talks – details of all talks to the end of the year and how they can be accessed are reproduced within this edition. The main theme of this edition is remembrance. We have included articles on various War Memorials in the district and two new ones this branch has had a hand in creating. The branch officers all hope that you are well and staying safe. We wish you all the best for the holiday season and we hope to meet you again in the new year. Charlie O’Donnell, Stan Grosvenor & Trudy Reynolds
Page 4 - In The Beginning…. Stan Grosvenor discusses the founder of the WFA, John Giles
Page 5 - John Kelly – A Leyland Lad. Doreen Fielding of Queensland tells the story of her Great Uncle
Page 9 - Baptism Registers On The Web. Stan Grosvenor talks about his work digitising Baptism Registers and connections to The Great War
Page 14 - At Ease… Events and activities to get involved in from now until the end of the year.
Page 18 - St. Annes On Sea War Memorial. A reproduction of an article from the Fleetwood Chronicle in 1920. Discusses the work of the sculptor, Walter Marsden of Accrington.
Page 22 - The South Ribble WW1 Memorial. Charlie O’Donnell and Steve Barritt teel the story of how the memorial was built and how the men on it were found.
Page 26 - The Inglis Bridge. Steve Barritt on the history of the Inglis Bridge and the installation of a reproduction over the River Lostock in Lostock Hall, near Preston.
Page 30 - Penwortham War Memorial & The Time Capsule. Heather Crook of The Friends of Penwortham War Memorial tells of the discovery of a Time Capsule within the structure!
Page 34 - John McNamara & The VC Paving Stone. Charlie O’Donnell and Steve Johnson on the unveiling of this stone in September 2018