Brave village soldiers to be honoured

Brent Stevenson of Brent Stevenson Memorials, which has donated part of the headstone, with Coun Malcolm Hyland
Brent Stevenson of Brent Stevenson Memorials, which has donated part of the headstone, with Coun Malcolm Hyland
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Brave villagers who fought and died in the horrors of the First World War trenches are set to get a permanent memorial – nearly 100 years after the hostilities first began.

Parish councillors in Staining have been campaigning for a memorial to be erected in the village since last year.

And finally an appropriate memento to honour of its fighting men is now set to be put in place next month.

The stone memorial will sit outside the Jubilee Gardens, in the village.

The cost of the monument, which has not been revealed, has been funded through a grant and donations.

Coun Malcolm Hyland, who is chairman of Staining Parish Council, began a project last April to resurrect the idea, after it was first discussed by his predecessors back in 1919.

Coun Hyland said: “There was a roll of honour found in the church about 20 or 30 years ago. It’s very important really because it’s the 100th anniversary of the Great War.

“These people are local people as far I can tell.”

A total of 23 men from the parish – which also included parts of Hardhorn (now part of Poulton), Weeton and eastern Blackpool at the time – went off to war.

Seven perished in the conflict, which lasted from 1914 to 1918, at Ypres, Arras and in Flanders.

Coun Hyland added: “They worked in the village, were known in the village and were part of the village.

“It’s part of the history of people that lived in Staining.”

A comment in the minutes of a Hardhorn with Newton Parish Council meeting, held on January 30, 1919, noted that a public meeting would be held to discuss the matter. But nothing else could be found on the subject from the time. The provisional date for the memorial to be unveiled in April 27.