The role of men from Chorley on battlefields in France almost 100 years ago will be the focus of the next meeting of the group looking at the First World War.

Chairman and local military historian and author, Steve Williams, will be presenting an illustrated talk entitled “First World War battlefields – then and now” at 2pm on Sunday, March 2.

The event is at the Coach House at Astley Hall.

Admission for non-members of the ‘Chorley in The Great War’ group is £2.50.

The group was only set up in January and now has 31 members who meet every two month.

Steve Williams, said: “Men form Chorley fought on many battlefields during the War, from Mons in 1914 through to Gallipoli in 1915, the Somme in 1916 and Passchendaele in 1917.”

The talk will show many photographs of The Western Front and Gallipoli and includes a video of the Somme today, filmed on one of many trips Steve has made to battlefields over the years.

The group was set up earlier this year with the intent of discovering more about the conflict 100 years after it started.

For details, visit or call 0845 474 1418.