A memorial to two brothers who died during the First World War has been cleaned up to become a fitting and lasting tribute to them.

The memorial, in White Coppice, had been built by their father but had fallen into a state of disrepair, becoming overgrown with foliage over the years.

Now, thanks to a joint venture by Chorley Council, Chorley Community Housing (CCH) and resident Peter Pennington, the memorial has been restored to its former glory, its history revealed and a plaque commemorating the brothers is to be installed.

Mr Pennington researched the history of the memorial which lies close to the entrance to White Coppice cricket club car park, and found it had been built by William Winstanley of Lowe Fold Cottage, White Coppice, in memory of his two sons George and Albert.

George died from scarlet fever soon after the war started in 1914 aged 19. His younger brother Albert joined the army but was killed in action in France in 1918 — he too was 19.

Coun Bev Murray, who oversees neighbourhood working for Chorley Council, said: “This memorial had all but disappeared from view. It was very badly overgrown and people were unaware it was there.

“It was discussed at one of our neighbourhood meetings and CCH kindly said they would help restore it as one of their community projects.

“It’s looking really good now and we’ll be putting up a plaque to commemorate the brothers who lived in the village so that people are aware of what it is and why it’s there.

“After all these years, it will now be a fitting and lasting tribute to two brothers who died during the war and the timing is particularly poignant with it being the 100th anniversary of the start of the First World War.” Chris Richardson, community engagement manager for CCH, said: “This was a good project for our environmental Hit Squad to get involved with because of the history behind the memorial and the benefit the local community.

“It was very badly over grown and unrecognisable. The Hit Squad cleared the area, revealed the stones, scrubbed them all down and planted alpines to create the rockeries.

“We’re pleased we could help to restore an important piece of the village’s history for residents and visitors to see.”

The family of George and Albert said that they were pleased that the memorial had been remembered and was now restored.