Labour MP and Councillor back campaign to get lasting memorial f

Ravenmeols Labour Councillor Catie Page with Sefton Central Labour MP Bill Esterson and Formby Roll of Honour Committee Treasurer Cyril Goulbourne and Committee Secretary John Warner.

 

A campaign to honour the memories of 355 Formby men who fought in the First World War has been backed by the town's Labour MP and Labour councillor.

Bill Esterson said it is only fitting that the bravery of the 355 during the 1914-1918 should be officially remembered.

The campaign to getting a last Roll of Honour memorial for the men was launched when in 2008 a list of names, addresses and regiments was discovered in a Formby house. The information on the list was a record of Formby men who enlisted during 1914-15 to fight for their country.

It was then decided that a lasting memorial was needed.

The planned memorial will be marble with the names and regiments of all 355 engraved into it. It is hoped it will be located in Formby Village near to the pool.

Bill Esterson said: "Brave young men from right here in Formby who valiantly volunteered to go off and fight for the country.

"It is this level of bravery which deserves to be remembered.

"It was extremely lucky that the names of the 355 were found and it is only right that we honour their bravery so that generations that follow can understand the sacrifice which many men and women made before."

Campaign chairman, Donald Morgan, who is also Formby RBL chairman, said it is vital for Formby's history that the 355 men are honoured.

Mr Morgan said: "We have ambitions to get the funds together so that we can unveil this new memorial in 2014, which will be the 100th anniversary of the outbreak of the war.

"It's vitally important that this part of Formby's history is recorded for ever so that future generations can see the sacrifice that people made.

"Imagine Formby back in 1914. It was a much smaller place. So 355 men from this community joining up to go to war was a very large percentage of Formby's population. So every family would have seen at least one member go off to war. Most would have been ordinary farm workers.

"And of those 355, 100 never came back.

"A memorial naming each and everyone of them is a fitting tribute to their bravery."

Ravenmeols Labour Councillor Catie Page said she expected the people of Formby to dig deep to make the plans for a memorial a reality.

Cllr Page said: "Formby is a tremendously generous place. we live in a very generous town. I have seen first hand how generous the people of Formby are when I have been involved in various fundraising activities here.

"Being from Formby, I know this community would want to honour the brave men from this town who went off to war. Most of them would have been very young, as young as my son is now, to fight for us.

"My grandfather fought in the First World War. He was gassed while he was fighting and he died from the longterm affects. That was the reality of the what the brave young men went through and it was traumatic.

"It's a tremendous thing they did or and their bravery needs to be honoured."


Formby Roll of Honour Memorial Fun Committee will be holding a fundraising dinner at Formby British Legion on October 7. Tickets are £20 and the evening includes entertainment from Marshside Brass Band and an after-dinner speaker. Call 01704 874101 for further information.

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