Staining soldiers added to village war memorial

from left, Coun Cheryl Little, Coun Ed Nash, Coun Barbara Nash, Coun Malcolm Hyland and Spencer Leader at the Re-dedication of Staining War Memorial
from left, Coun Cheryl Little, Coun Ed Nash, Coun Barbara Nash, Coun Malcolm Hyland and Spencer Leader at the Re-dedication of Staining War Memorial
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With flags flying and a guard of honour a group of forgotten heroes have been honoured by their community to bring records up to date.

The five Staining men who fought for their country, newly discovered from records, were added to the village’s war memorial at a well attended service .

Villagers and VIPs turned out in force to pay tribute to Gnr John Robert Dagger, Pte James Whalley, Gnr William Whalley who served in the First World War and Tpr John Braithwaite Chadburn and L/Cpl Lewis Kelly who fought in the Second World War.

Coun John Singleton said: “It was a wonderful event and well attended.

“We had a church service at St Luke’s Church followed by a march down to the memorial for its rededication led by Fylde Veterans. Bob Whalley a relative of two of the men was present.

“Afterwards a cheque for £300 was presented to the Royal British Legion, earmarked for the St Annes Branch, by Mrs Geraldine Singleton MBE as part of the proceeds from the successful VE Day Celebrations that we held at the Plough Inn Staining.

“Then we had a buffet at the Plough which was paid for by Staining Parish Council.

“ We also presented a lovely photograph to Brian and Hannah Peacock who have done so much good work in the area.

“Hannah for example has made some brilliant poppies from material for fund-raising.”