AS THE world begins its commemorations of the centenary of World War One, The Friends of the Nicholson War Memorial continue to provide free tours of the Memorial to provide interpretation of the building and the fallen it commemorates.
The Leek battery left town on Friday 14th August, 1914, as the volunteers answered the call to mobilise for war.
The battery, recently brought up to strength with new men and horses, then took part in a period of training for active service that eventually saw the battery land in France in late February 1915. The town will mark this departure with the First Mile Parade on Saturday, 13th September. The book 'Over there' by Blore and Sherratt provides an excellent insight into the preparations and participation of the battery in the war.
The Nicholson War Memorial commemorates 419 men from the area who paid the supreme sacrifice in the service of their country in World War One.
The website www.nicholsonmemorial.org.uk provides a searchable listing of the fallen with details of which units they served with, date and age at death and where they are available images of the men in a photo gallery.
The next tours take place on Saturday, 16th August, at 10am to 12.20pm and continue on the third Saturday of the month until November. The tours would not be possible without the volunteer guides who provide them.
Councillor John Povey, Tour Guide Co-ordinator