During the Great War of 1914-1918 and the Second World War of 1939-1945 people from our two parishes played their part. As you will see from our photographs, the old industrial areas were heavily involved in the manufacture of armaments and aircraft and Preston dock played a vital role in shipping these goods out and bringing food and materials back. Hundreds of young men went off to war in 1914, many not returning. So too in 1939. Our memorial for this war includes a nurse who lost her life when her transport was sunk by a Japanese submarine off Sri Lanka (Ceylon).
Those who lost their lives are remembered in St. Mark's chapel and all the names of the lost (over a hundred in total) are read at our annual Remembrance Day service in November. A special banner was made on which all the names of those who died during the Great War was unveiled as part of our commemoration of the centenary of the Armistice in 2018.
A book detailing the stories of those who lost their lives in this conflict is available for inspection in church and at Lancashire Archives.