Campaign for war memorial to include all names

The Friends of Bolton Upon Dearne War Memorial Group is campaigning to have the names of every Bolton soldier who died in The First World War inscribed on the village war memorial.

Group secretary Sue Hodgson told the Times: “We have written to Barnsley Council to have the remaining names put on the memorial to mark the centenary of World War One in 2014.

“There were 90 men from the village who lost their lives and we are asking for the remaining names to be put on the Lacewood School memorial”.

The existing memorial to former pupils who died in the Great War is still mothballed on the site of the demolished former Lacewood school.

The monument, with 43 names of the dead on it was housed for 75 years in a small shelter in the grounds of the school.

The group is still in negotiations with Barnsley Council and the Charity Commission to have the memorial retained in its original position.

Sue said: “The memorial is the last thing we have standing in Bolton representing the decent part of our village all those years ago.

”It is a unique structure and moving it irreparably damage it”.

The Friends held a spring fair recently and raised £430 for Help For Heroes.

“That raised awareness about the memorial and gained our group new members,” Sue added. “We are continuing in our campaign and raising money to have the rest of the names incorporated onto the memorial.”