Church of England Diocese of Blackburn Ashton-on-Ribble, St. Michael and All Angels with Preston St. Mark

Remembrance and war memorials

During the Great War of 1914-18 and the Second world war of 1939-45 our parishes played their part.  As you will see from our photos the old industrial areas were heavily involved in the manufacture of armaments and aircraft and the docks 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 and 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 are read, over a hundred in total, at our annual Remembrance Day service which is held on the third Sunday of November.  A special banner was made on which all  the names of those who died during the Great War was unveiled as part of the commemorations 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.

Remembrance Sunday this year falls on 8th November.  Sadly due to current Government restrictions we cannot hold the planned service in church.  However, there will be readings, a reflection and Act of Remembrance from St. Mark's chapel within St. Michael's to view on our website. Search St. Michael's Preston.