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St Edward’s
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 © Albert Gavagan (WMR-51312)

St Edwards Church, now known as Sacred Heart and St. Edward and is on Blackburn Road, Darwen
The Memorial is made of white marble. There are two steps on which stands a plinth. On the plinth is a fallen soldier at the foot of the figure of Christ nailed to a Cross. The soldier is in a recumbent attitude, half supported by his pack with his rifle at his side and gazing up at Christ. The plinth is of marble weighing a 1½ ton. On it is an inscription which reads:

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 © Albert Gavagan (WMR-51312)

In Holy Remembrance Of The Men Of This
Parish Who Nobly Laid Down Their Lives
In The Great War


It Is Better For Us To Die In Battle Than
To See The Evils Of Our Nation
Machabeus 3 ch. 59 v.

Then follow the names of 54 men of the parish who gave their lives:
Derkin, P; Green, J.
Jeffers, J.; Cannon, E.; Standing, T.; McCann, E.; O’Neil, J.; Almond, W.; Scowcroft, W.; Kay, J.; Mcintyre, J.; Walsh, T.; Finn, J.; Parson, H.; Brennan, J.; Clarkson, T.
Derkin, V.; Draper, F.; Whalley, A.; Burke, M.; Jeffers, J.; Barnes, J.; Mckeown, R.; Parr, E.; Mcdonald, J.; Flannery, J.; Meehan, J.; Walmsley, J.; Cross, T.; Brindle, J.; Jeffers, Joseph; King, R.; Donnelly, T.
Hopkins, J.; Sandham, J.; Rawlings, J.; Slater, J.; Flannery, T.; Wakefield, F.; Rostron, C.
Fish, T.; Flynn, T.; Milne, W.; Puzzer, R.; Jackson, C.; Price, E.; Shillitoe, E.; Oldfield, C.; McDermott, T.; Singleton, J.; Jackson, J.; McCann, J.; Hall, J.
The Memorial was unveiled by Major Edmund Carus, Senior Catholic Officer of Darwen, and dedicated by Father Classe on Saturday 27th March 1920.
The memorial was the work of Albert and Sons, Manchester.


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 © Albert Gavagan (WMR-51312)

This Memorial takes the form of an open book in marble and stands at the foot of the WW1 Memorial.
At the top of each page is a cross. Under which and across two pages are the words;

Roll Of Honour
Then across both pages:
Requiescant In Pace

The names of the 16 men who gave their lives are spread across two pages, 8 per page they are;
Left page;
Crompton, W.; Lynos, J.; McKeown, J.; Lightfoot, N.; Thornber, H.; Hamer, D.; Stanley, J.; Duckett, B.;
Right page;
Watson, J.; Warburton, H.; Johnstone, F.; Price, J.; Kay, R.; Lowis, F.; Dorkin, M.;Baxter, A

Darwen Gazette: 3rd April 1920.
Darwen Avertiser: 3rd April 1920.
Darwen News: 27th March 1920, 3rd April 1920.
Blackburn Weekly Telegraph; 3rd April 1920.
War memorial Ref. No.: 51312.

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Sacred Heart Church

There is a First and Second World War memorial at Sacred Heart Church on Veronica Street in Darwen.  It is inscribed 'In Holy Remembrance of men of this parish who nobly laid down their lives in the Great War of 1914-1918'.  "It is better for us to die in battle than to see the evils of our nation".  There are fifty-four names listed on the memorial and a Roll of Honour for the Second World War.


​St. Joseph’s Church

View of  World War One memorial plaque at St. Joseph's Church on Bolton Road in Darwen.

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