The World War 1 Project

The Great War – Seen through the eyes of a Rural Community

The Barlow World War One Project commemorates the effect of the war on the communities of Edgworth, Entwistle and Chapeltown, former mill villages on the West Pennine moors, situated between Blackburn, Bury and Bolton. Although many old families still exist and prosper, a large number of people in the village have come from other parts of the country in the past decades.

Events have taken place which have drawn the community together and given people new insights into both the village in the early 20th Century and the effects of the war. Although there are war memorials within the village, few people could relate to the names listed on them.

The photograph shown on the right shows the war memorial at The Methodist Church, Bolton Road, when it was first unveiled. © Tillotsons Newspapers

The following pages contain information about two strands of the commemoration project, which were supported by Heritage Lottery Funding and private donations:

Research has been undertaken by volunteers into the lives of many local soldiers and their families. The resulting biographies can be accessed here:

Browse/Search Biographies

Commemorative Events and News – information about past and current events.

Browse Events & News


NEW – Look on the interactive map to see where soldiers who died lived.  Perhaps at your house?  Click this link and go to Mapping Loss Interactive (Turton).

I believe that one of the comforts to us all out here is that we know we shall always be honoured in the old village.

Gerald Ainsworth, died Ypres Salient: 27th March 1918