In 1918, a memorial to the four hundred officers and men of the Salford Battalions of the Lancashire Fusiliers (known as ‘The Salford Pals’) who were killed at Thiepval France on the first of July 1916 was unveiled at the church. Their experiences have been documented in a book called ‘The Somme 1916’ by Michael Steadman. Also in the church are the recorded names of all ranks of the 15th 16th 19th and 20th Salford (Service) Battalions of The Lancashire Fusiliers who died in the great war 1914 – 18.
A young George Socket in Uniform
Sandra Whelan’s Father and Great Grandfather (George Socket, shown above) fought in both World Wars. This family connection inspired Sandra to write the poem ‘Our Heroes’, which she recites here.
World War 1
World War 2
George Socket's Fusiliers badge