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War Memorials

War memorials provides us with an enduring link to those hundreds of thousands who gave their lives in the First World War. They are an integral part of the social history of our villages and towns, and are important places of commemoration for local communities.

West Lancashire has many War Memorials including 18 public free-standing memorials, of which 16 are recognized as being 'Listed Buildings' and are included on the National Heritage List for England. Six of these memorials to our war heroes exist in the borough's many churches and graveyards. Ormskirk Parish Church, for example, has eight recorded memorials inside the church alone, ranging from a brass plaque to commemorate an individual officer, to a series of wooden panels containing the names of 170 fallen service personnel.

We are committed to ensure that all our war memorials are appropriately repaired and the grounds in which they sit are kept tidy. The Council can, in some instances, offer a grant to support the repair and renovation of memorials.   War Memorial  

A War Memorial Grant Application Form (PDF 73kb) is now available for download.

You can also apply to add new names to a war memorial (PDF 104kb), further details of which are also available for download.

Poppy Appeal 2017

The Royal British Legion launched the 2017 Poppy Appeal on 26 October. For more information please visit Royal British Legion (external link).

Borough War Memorials 

The list below give the locations of the 18 war memorials throughout the borough.    

Appley Bridge  
Appley Lane North (by the village hall), Appley Bridge  

Aughton  
Granville Park, Aughton. Visit Historic England (external link) for more information on this memorial   

Banks  
In the grounds of St Stephen's Church, Church Road, Banks. Visit Historic England (external link) for more information on this memorial.

Bickerstaffe  
In the grounds of Holy Trinity Church, Church Road, Bickerstaffe. Visit Historic England (external link) for more information on this memorial.    

Burscough
Corner of Junction Lane, Burscough (council owned). Visit Historic England (external link) for more information on this memorial.

HMS Ringtail, Pippin Street, Burscough. Visit HMS Ringtail (external link) for more information on this memorial.

Great Altcar
In the grounds of St Michael and All Angels Church, Great Altcar. Visit Historic England (external link) for more information on this memorial.    

Halsall  
Halsall Road/Summerwood Lane, Halsall. Visit Historic England (external link) for more information on this memorial.

Hesketh Bank 
In the grounds of All Saints Church, Station Road, Hesketh Bank. Visit Historic England (external link) for more information on this memorial.

Lathom (council owned)  
Hall Lane, Lathom. Visit Historic England (external link) for more information on this memorial.

Newburgh (council owned)  
Course Lane (adjacent to Christ Church), Newburgh. Visit Historic England (external link) for more information on this memorial.

Ormskirk  
Coronation Park, Park Road, Ormskirk (council owned). Visit Historic England (external link) for more information on this memorial.

In the grounds of St Anne's Church, Prescot Road, Ormskirk. Visit Historic England (external link) for more information on this memorial.     

Victoria Park, St Helen's Road, Ormskirk. Visit Historic England (external link) for more information on this memorial.

Scarisbrick  
Scarisbrick Village Hall, Smithy Lane, Scarisbrick.

Skelmersdale (council owned)  
Sandy Lane (site of old Town Hall), Skelmersdale. Visit Historic England (external link) for more information on this memorial.    

Tarleton  
In the grounds of Holy Trinity Church, Tarleton. Visit Historic England (external link) for more information on this memorial.

Up Holland (council owned)  
At junction of College Road, Up Holland. Visit Historic England (external link) for more information on this memorial.  

For more information on war memorials, please contact Ian Bond, Heritage & Environment Manager on 01695 585167, or email Ian.Bond@westlancs.gov.uk