Mystery of missing memorial

Indoor War Memorial names (S)
Indoor War Memorial names (S)

Military historian Fred Stringer is concerned that an indoor War Memorial from the First World War – with local names on – can no longer be seen.

Mr Stringer, a member of the Nelson and District Branch of the Royal British Legion and a former police inspector in Kenya, has searched for War Memorial materials before. And he is keen to get this one saved.

He explained: “It was in the cellar of the Royal British Legion base on Brunswick Street, Nelson, which is now a mosque and it was rescued by Coun. George Adam.”

Mr Stringer revealed that the War Memorial was on show in the Arndale Centre – now Pendle Rise Shopping Centre – in about 2000.

Military material on view there was given back to the organisations which owned them, including the St John Ambulance based at Nelson Ambulance Hall, English Heritage, Barrowford and Pendle Councils.

But he said: “This other one was supposed to go for storage for Pendle Council at Colne Cemetery. They can’t find it there. It was supposed to be inside a building there and it was originally the Borough Band Club War Memorial. They passed it on to the British Legion when the Borough Band Club closed.”

And he revealed: “I’ve talked to Pendle Council about it. I’m hoping they will be able to find it and place it on show again. It can go on show in Nelson Library. I am worried where it is.”

Mr Stringer had previously been involved in saving another War Memorial with local names on.

It had been in the old library in Nelson but when it closed it was placed in the Nelson Town Hall cellar. But a replica of it is now on show at Nelson Library. And he hopes the missing one will join it.

Anyone who knows where it is can ring Mr Stringer on 614053 or email Fred@pendle.net