Work to restore the memorial at Four Lane Ends in Thornton is nearing completion and a public dedication service will be held on Saturday 10 October 2015 at 11am.
The ICI memorial is separate from the main cenotaph and displays the names of 59 former workers of the firm, and United Alkali Company which preceded it, who lost their lives during the First and Second World Wars.
Following an appeal for information earlier this year, local historian Eric Curbishley has undertaken much research through military records to correct inaccuracies in some of the names.
Wyre’s Armed Forces Champion, Terry Rogers, said: “I’m delighted that this project, originated by David Baxter and local groups Friends of Thornton Little Theatre and The Windmill Players, has reached fruition and am very pleased to support such a worthy cause, in perpetual remembrance of the fallen of Wyre.
“All those involved are very grateful for the assistance received from Paul Deacon at Wyre Council for his tireless work as part of the Wyre Armed Forces Covenant team, company representatives in the area, librarians, the curator of Fleetwood Museum and the public. It shows how important ICI was to this district and how the people living here now will not forget those who gave their lives in the two World Wars.”
The monument was originally located at Hillhouse Business Park before being moved to Four Lane Ends in 1997. Earlier this year, Wyre Council took over ownership from AkzoNobel (who acquired ICI in 2008) and set about restoring it during the Centenary of the First World War.
Wyre Council, Lancashire County Council and AzkoNobel have funded the restoration with NPL Estates financing new paving.
The dedication service will be attended by the Mayor of Wyre and the Youth Mayor, members of the military, the clergy, Wyre Council and Lancashire County Council, ex-ICI employees, along with representatives of many community groups in the area.
The event takes place on Saturday 10 October, 11am at the Cenotaph, Four Lane Ends, Thornton Cleveleys and members of the public are welcome to attend.
Thornton Cleveleys World War 1 and 2 Memorials and local historian Eric Curbishley
1914-18 First World War Memorial
1939-45 Second World War Memorial
For The Fallen
With proud thanksgiving, a mother for her children,
England mourns for her dead across the sea.
Flesh of her flesh they were, spirit of her spirit,
Fallen in the cause of the free.
Solemn the drums thrill; Death august and royal
Sings sorrow up into immortal spheres,
There is music in the midst of desolation
And a glory that shines upon our tears.
They went with songs to the battle, they were young,
Straight of limb, true of eye, steady and aglow.
They were staunch to the end against odds uncounted;
They fell with their faces to the foe.
They shall grow not old, as we that are left grow old:
Age shall not weary them, nor the years condemn.
At the going down of the sun and in the morning
We will remember them.
They mingle not with their laughing comrades again;
They sit no more at familiar tables of home;
They have no lot in our labour of the day-time;
They sleep beyond England’s foam.
But where our desires are and our hopes profound,
Felt as a well-spring that is hidden from sight,
To the innermost heart of their own land they are known
As the stars are known to the Night;
As the stars that shall be bright when we are dust,
Moving in marches upon the heavenly plain;
As the stars that are starry in the time of our darkness,
To the end, to the end, they remain.
Robert Laurence Binyon