Memorial back in rightful place

Peter Plant with the memorial.
Peter Plant with the memorial.
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A WAR memorial has been re-dedicated to a Fylde town 90 years after it was unveiled at a now-demolished convalescent home.

The memorial hung on the wall of the home, on the corner of Clifton Drive and Fairhaven Road in St Annes, to commemorate the 524 members of the Bradford and District Independent Order of the Rechabites – a temperance friendly society – who died fighting in the First World War.

It was found at an antiques sale in France and brought to London. The War Memorials Trust traced its origins to St Annes and tasked regional volunteer Mike Coyle with finding a home for it.

Mr Coyle, a family historian from Hawes Side in South Shore, said: “I believe these memorials are an important part of our heritage. They are valuable to our community.”

The wooden board has now been put up at The Drive Methodist Church, near to where the home stood, and was re-dedicated during a Remembrance service on Sunday.

Mr Coyle said the home, known as Dunes House, got funding for the memorial in 1921 and it was unveiled on November 12, 1922.

Dunes House was demolished in the 1980s.

Mr Coyle added: “At some stage in the past someone made the decision to put something on the wall on behalf of the men who sacrificed their lives in the Great War or any other war.”

The Drive Methodist Church treasurer Peter Plant said the church was more than willing to put the memorial up.

He said: “I think within the church there will be quite a lot of interest in it.”

Legacy project In Memoriam 2014 has found more people understand the importance of memorials.

Anyone who wants to become a ‘caring custodian’, helping to maintain monuments and protect those at risk of being forgotten, can visit for information.