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St Barnabas Church is located on Watery Lane, Darwen.

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WW1 and WW2 Memorial Board.


The WW1 memorial was an Oak Mural tablet, reredos and communion rails in memory of the 42 men of the church who gave their lives.
The oak Memorial board now represents those who died in WW1 and WW2. It is oblong in shape with pediment, at each side are fluted pillars, all lettering is in gold. The top pillars, WW1, have the dates 1914-1919. The names of the 42 members of the church who gave their lives in WW1 are in two columns. The pillars on the WW2 have the dates 1939-1940 then the names, in two columns, of the 17 men who gave their live in WW2
An inscription at the top, beneath the pediment reads:
 
TWO GREAT WARS
TO THE GLORY OF GOD
AND IN GRATEFUL MEMORY OF
 
The names of those who died in WW1 are:
Aspden, J.T.; Ainsworth, J.; Bentley, B.; Beardshaw, R.H.; Baron, S.; Bolton, J.; Chippendale, T.; Duxbury, W.T.; Davis, F.; Dawson, R.; Dewhurst, W.; Eccles, R.E.; Eccles, A.; Entwistle, T.; Entwistle, J.J.; East, W.F.E.; Holden, L.; Holden, J.R.; Holden, C.; Howard, W.; Lowe, M.E; Lloyd, A.G.; Mainwaring, J.D.; Nield, C.; Nuttall, J.T.; Oliver, F.W.; Payne, J.J.; Shorrock, R.; Sharples, H.; Stones, W.; Taylor, A.; Townsend, F.; Walker, R. Y.; Walker, W.; Walker, T.; Wynne, T.; Worden, A.; Whewell, J.; Waddicor, J.; Waddicor, W.K. Warburton, J.; Yates, R.N.
The names of those who died in WW2 are:
Bennett, P.; Cooper, L.; Dixon, T.; Duxbury, J.; Greenhalgh, J.; Holden, J.; Holden, W.; Hacking, A.; Harwood, E.; Keown, W.; Livesey, A.; Neal, T.; Shaw, H.; Turner, W.; Walkden, W.; Wheeleer, L.; Wood, W.V.
The WW1 Memorials were unveiled Sunday 4th December 1921 by Mrs. Walker, who lost two of her sons and a grandson in the war, it was dedicated by the Bishop of Burnley, Dr. Henn.


 

WW2

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WW2 War Memorial Window

There is a stained-glass window with four lights to the memory of those who died and those who served in WW2. The window represents the last supper. Each light contains the name of one of the four evangelists, Matthew, Mark Luke, and John.
An inscription along the bottom of the middle two lights reads;

TO THE GLORY OF GOD
 & IN LOVING MEMORY OF
THOSE WHO GAVE THEIR LIVES &
 OF ALL WHO SERVED IN THE WAR 1939-45


 South African (Boer War)

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The Boer War Memorial

This Boer War Memorial Tablet is mounted on a back-board supported by two corbels which is on a wall of the church. It is of white marble with black lettering.
The inscription reads;

 
ERECTED TO THE MEMORY OF
Names
BY FRIENDS & MEMBERS OF THIS CHURCH, AS A TRIBUTE TO THE NOBLE
& GALLANT SERVICES, THEY RENDERED IN DEFENCE & HONOUR OF THEIR COUNTRY

The names, ranks, regiments date and place of death for the 3 men killed are;
Sapper William James Bland, 23rd Royal Engineers; Killed in action at Wagon Hill, Ladysmith S.A. Jann 6th 1900.
Private Frederick Charles Payne, 3rd East Lancashire Regt, who died of Enteric Fever, at Wynberg, S.A. July 16th 1900
Private Richard Keegan, 14th Kings Hussars; Killed in action at Geluk, S.A. Oct. 13th 1900.

There is also a wooden plaque with a copper plate on the choir pews  to the memory of Richard Keegan. The inscription reads;
 
IN MEMORY OF
PRIVATE RICHARD KEEGAN
 14TH KINGS HUSSARS
OF THIS PARISH WHO WAS KILLED
IN ACTION AT GELUK, S.A.
ON OCT. 13TH 1900.
ERECTED BY HIS COMRADES
 
This plaque to Private Richard Keegan who was killed during the Boer War.
 is on the choir pews 

 There is no other information about the Boer War Memorials at this time.
Darwen News: 7th December 1921, 10th December 1921.
War Memorial Ref. No. 51324, 51323, 51325.

 

St Chad’s Church was located at Earcroft.
Its War Memorial, for Church and School, consisted of a white marble slab with gilt lettering. It was built into the wall of the school. The Memorial contained the names of 200 men who served in the forces. In the centre was an inlaid tablet with the names of 30 men who gave their lives.
The unveiling was performed by J. Bury, former headmaster of the school, and dedicated by the Rev P. Cecil Dean on Sunday 17th April 1921
No names are given.
Darwen Advertiser: 22nd April 1921.
Blackburn Times: 24th April 1921.

 

St. Cuthberts

 
 View of a World War One Memorial at St. Cuthbert's Church on Earnsdale Road
 
 View of a World War One Memori​al Plaque at St. Cuthbert's Church on Earnsdale Road
 
 
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View of the Credence Table at St. Cuthbert's Church on Earnsdale Road
 
View of the Window at St. Cuthbert's Church on ​Earnsdale Road
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View of a World War One Memorial at St. Cuthbert's Church on Earnsdale Road

 

St. George’s Church

St Georges Church was located on Harwood Street, Darwen.
The Memorial was a carved reredos and panelling of Austrian oak.
The inscription reads;

To the Glory of God and in Memory of These
Members of the Parish and Congregation
Who Gave Their Lives in The Great War 1914–1919 
Names

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The names of the 77 men and women who gave their lives were;
Ainsworth, F.S.; Alston, S.; Aspden, H.; Aspin, J.R.; Atkinson, G.; Banks, R.; Bannister, J.W.; Bannister, T.; Barnes, J.T.; Beesley, J.; Bending, J.T.; Bending, W.; Bolton, H.F.; Bury, J.; Bury, R.; Chappell, J.; Cockshoot, G.; Conlong, T.; Connick, W.A.; Craig, G.R.; Crook, J.H.; Eccles, J.; Eccles, R.H.; Egan, T.E.; Entwistle, J.; Firth, J.; Firth, J.N.; Fish, J.; Gore, J.; Hacking, J.; Hall, A.; Hampson, W.; Hearth, C.; Hearth, J.; Hine, G,; Ingham, R.; Jenkins, Martha E.; Jepson, H.A.; Kay, A.; Kay, W.; Leach, A.; Leach, G.T.; Leigh, J.; Lodge, W.H.; Lowe, J.; Marsden, J.E.Y.; Marsden, R.T.; Marshall, H.; Morton, G.; Nightingale, H.; Partington, W.A.; Pickering, H.; Pickup, J.; Scholes, S.; Sharples, J. Shorrock, W.; Smith, E.J.; Swanton, J.W.; Taylor, R.; Tillotson, A.; Tomlinson, W.; Townend, J.; Turbutt, J.; Walkden, J.; Walkden, W.; Walkden, W.A; Walker, T.H.; Walsh, Mary B.; Ward, J.; Watson, E.; Watson, H.; Welding, C.P.; Welding, R.; Whalley, J.D.; Whittle, J.; Wilde, J.H.; Yates, F.

The unveiling was performed by Major Duckworth and dedicated by the Rev. F.W. Divelly of Southport on the 30th of September 1922.
The Memorial is now located at St. Peters Church, Bank Street, Darwen.
Two names stand out in this list of those who gave their lives, that is 42-year-old Martha Emily Jenkins, she was a stewardess in the Mercantile Marines on the S.S. Aguila which was torpedoed and sank on the 27th March 1915. Altogether 8 people lost their lives on the ship. She is also remembered on the Tower Hill Memorial.
The other is Mary Betsy Walsh, Worker, 40785, in the Queen Mary's Army Auxiliary Corps who died 29th June 1918 and is interred at Darwen Cemetery. Ref: II. 507.

Blackburn Weekly Telegraph: 7th October 1922.
Darwen Advertiser: 6th October 1922.
War Memorial Ref. No.: 42336.

 

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St. James' Church

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  WWI Memorial Plaque at St. James' Church
 

St. James' Church is located at Chapels Darwen.
The WWI Memorial is a nowy-headed bronze (the Darwen News says copper) plaque, at the top is a cross. The lettering is all done in gold.
There is an inscription which reads:

To The Praise And Glory Of God
In Heartfelt Thankfulness For His Merciful
Protection Shown So Markedly In Answer To
The Prayers Publicly Offered In This Parish
Daily Throughout The Great War 1914–1918
To The Ever Glorious Memory Of Our Brothers
Who Fell Fighting For Justice And Liberty
Names
And In Gratitude To All Our Lads Who Served

The 37 names of those who gave their lives are;
Alston, John; Aspden, John, R.; Beckett, Timothy; Berry, John; Burroughs, Cyril V.; Butterworth, Balfour; Butterworth Randolph C.; Chew, William; Crompton, James T.; Done, Alexander; Evens, Herbert; Farnworth, Albert; Fenton, Samuel; Griffiths, Arthur; Harwood, James; Heap, William H.J.; Hindle, Christopher. J.; Isherwood, William Henry; Kay, Thomas; Kay, William; Lightbown, John; Livesey, Robert; McArdle, Richard; Oliver, Ralph. D.; Pickering, Harry; Silcock, Thomas; Singleton, Harry; Smith, James; Smith, John H.; Smith, John; Taylor, George; Taylor, Job; Walsh, James; Watson, Walter; Whitehead, Albert; Worsley, Albert E.; Yates, William
The Memorial was unveiled by Mrs. Butterworth, whose two sons names were on the Memorial, and James Rawlinson it was dedicated by the Rev. J. Blackburn-Brown on Sunday 17th  April 1921.


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  WW2 Memorial Plaque at St. James' Church
 

WW2
The WW2 Memorial is also a bronze nowy-headed plaque with an Inscription which reads;

1939–1945
In Gratitude To
All Those Who Served
During The World War
And In Memory Of Those Who Died
Names
At The Going Down Of The Sun And In The Morning
We Will Remember Them.

The five names of those who gave their lives are;
Clegg, Tom; Colling, Robert; Kay, George; Council, Charles; Round, Jack;

Darwen News: 20th April 1921, 23rd April 1921.
Blackburn Weekly Telegraph: 23rd April 1921.
War Memorial Ref. No.: 42332, 42335.


 
St John’s Church
The Bullough Memorial Tablet.

St John’s Church was located Sough Road. It Closed 1974 and demolished.
The War Memorial was presented to the church by the Bullough family  and comprises of two tablets, the first forming the head piece which deviates from the straight design by a semi-circular summit encasing the bronze emblems, crossed flags and crown. The tablets are made of Sicilian marble. It was located on the north side Transept wall
The inscription reads:

TO THE GLORY OF GOD, AND IN HONOURED MEMORY OF THE
NON-COMMISSIONED OFFICERS, AND MEN OF THIS PARISH
WHO FELL IN THE GREAT WAR
1914–1919
THIS TABLET WAS ERECTED BY JAMES BULLOUGH
AND LUCY BULLOUGH AND THEIR SONS;
MAJOR C.B. BULLOUGH, D.S.O. R.A.
CAPTAIN J.C. BULLOUGH R.F.A.
AND LIEUTENANT A.W. BULLOUGH R.E.

There are 77 names on the Memorial. First the names of the non-commissioned rank:
 Lance-Sergeant C. Hearth; Corporal A. Muir; Lance-Corporal J.W. Greenhalgh; Corporal A. Kay; Bombardier W. Blacoe; Lance-Corporal W. H. Roscoe; Lance Corporal T. Greenhalgh.
Then the Following names appear;
Ainsworth, A.; Ainsworth, A.E.; Almond, F.; Armstrong, H.M.; Aspden, T.; Boardman, W.; Boardman, W.A.; Burke, E.; Bury, A.; Carpenter, W.; Cooper, W.; Cuthbert, A.; Dawson, A.; Eccles, E.; Eccles, J.; Entwistle, A.; Entwistle, G.; Entwistle J.; Entwistle N.; Farnworth, J.; Fowler, H.M.; Greenhalgh, D.; Grime, H.; Hargreaves, S.; Haywood, T.C.; Hebden, S.; Holden, H.; Holden, J.; Holden, T.; Holden, W.; Hopwood, H.; Haworth, R.; Hughes, R.; Hulme, J.; Hustwit J.W.; KJay, H.; Kay, H.W.; Kay, W.; Kenyon, A.; Kenyon, J.H.; Kershaw, P.; Kershaw, A.; Kirkham, E.; Kirkham, J.; Kirkham, J.; Leach, G.D.; Lightbown, D.H.; Lomax, J.; Lomax, J.H.; Moore, J.; Moore, J.; Moore, J.J.; Morris, J.; Pheassey A..; Pomfret, A.; Pomfret, B.; Risby, H.; Robberts, G.; Rogers, J.W.; Shorrock, W.; Slater, R.; Tattersall, A.; Taylor. J.W.; Threlfall, J.; Townsend, J.; Walkden, W.A.; Whalley, J.C.; Wilby, W.; Woodcock, S.; Worsley, H.; Yates, J.

Unveiling and dedication took place on the 30th May 1920, unveiled by Captain Cecil Bullough R.F.A., and dedicated by the Rev. R.H. Lyall, vicar of St John’s. The Memorial is now located at St peter’s Church, Darwen

On Sunday 24th April 1921 a Memorial Oak Screen was unveiled on which was recorded the names of 440 men of the parish who served with the forces during World War I. The unveiling was carried out by Major W. Alan Smith and dedicated by the Rec C. Smith

Darwen Gazette: 5th June 1920
Darwen News 2nd June 1920. 24th April 1921.
Blackburn Weekly Telegraph 30th April 1921.
War Memorial Ref. No.: 42330.

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​​St. Mary's, Grimehills

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WW1 and WW2 Memorial Tablets


 

St. Mary’s Mission Church, is located on Roman Road, Grimehills, Darwen.
The Memorial is triangular headed oak board with inscription in painted lettering. fluted decoration on the left and right-hand sides of the board
There is an inscription that reads:

SAINT MARYS
GRIMEHILLS
1914 ROLL OF HONOUR 1918
Names
LEST WE FORGET

Names WW1
Adcroft, Frederick; Adcroft, George; Adcroft, John; Billington, Richard; Bould, William; Bury, Harry; Cooper, Thomas; Cronshaw, Charles; Dixon, Robert S; Haslam, Neddy H.; Holden, Edmund; Holden, William B.; Lowe, John; Melling, Robert; Newsholme, George;Pickup, James W.; Pickup, William; Rimmington, John; Yates, William T.
The memorial was made by Stanley Garland
Dedicated and unveiled April 1932.
There was also a carved oak communion table paid for by the congregation as a peace thank-offering and for the safe return of the men connected with the church. The service was held on Sunday 18th May 1919

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The Oak Memorial


WW2
This memorial is the same as that for WW1 but with the Inscription

SAINT MARYS
GRIMEHILLS
1939 ROLL OF HONOUR 1945
(Names)
REMEMBRANCE

This Memorial was also Made by Stanley Garland
It was unveiled and dedicated  in 1950. Names not known.

Darwen Advertiser: 24th May 1919.
Darwen News: 24th May 1919.
War Memorial Ref No.: 51332, 51333.

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St. Peter's

 
 View of World War One Memor​ial Plaque at St. Peter's Church
View of World War One Memorial Plaque at St. Peter's Church
 
View of World War Two Memorial Plaque at St. Peter's Church
 
View of the Roll of Honour for World War Two at St. Peter's Church
 
The names on the Roll are: Stanley Briggs, Stanley Holding, Alan Marshall, Alan Townley, John Bamber, Kenneth Campbell, Ernest Harwood and George Howarth.