​​​​​​​​​​​​Roll of Honour​​

1939-1940​, 1941​, 1942​, 1943​, 1944​, 1945​​, 1946-1947​

This list refers to men and women who died during 1939-1947​. The criteria for inclusion embraces those who were born, lived or worked in Blackburn and surrounding areas.  
N.B. Using the criteria selected by the Commonwealth War Graves Commission the list covers those who died from 3rd September 1939 to 31 December 1947.
View the Roll of Honour: Please select a year (above) in order to see the names recorded on the Roll of Honour.


The Roll of Honour is presented in chronological year order and the format chosen to record the names is as follows:

Surname, First name
Rank, Service Number, Regiment/Squadron, Ship or Naval Base
Date of Death and age (if known)
Grave or Memorial

For example: 

Private, D/23274, 4th Battalion, Duke of Cornwall’s Light Infantry
CWG Blackburn Cemetery C R/C 1016

How the List Was Compiled:
Stephen Irwin (Education Officer), Blackburn Museum & Art Gallery​ worked with a student from a local school, Ryan Baron, in order to compile the initial list. 
Stephen and Ryan researched and retrieved information from newspaper reports in “The Northern Daily Telegraph”.  
Each person found during the search was then cross referenced and checked against the Commonwealth War Graves Commission website and added to an Excel Database.

Subsequent research was undertaken in 2017 by the late Ray Smith.

Glossary of Abbreviations used throughout the Roll of Honour:​
Aeroplane & Armament Experimental Establishment
Church of England
​Defensively Equipped Merchant Ship
Distinguished Flying Cross
​Distinguished Flying Medal
​East Lancashire Regiment
​Fleet Air Arm
Honourable Artillery Company
Heavy Conversion Unit
HM LCTHis Majesty’s Landing Craft (Tank)
His Majesty’s
His Majesty’s Ship
Motor Gun Boat
Mentioned in Dispatches
Military Medal
Motor Torpedo Boat
​Motor Vessel
Non Conformist
Naval Air Squadron
Roman Catholic
Royal Armoured Corps
Royal Air Force
Royal Australian Air Force
​Royal Canadian Air Force
​Royal New Zealand Air Force
Specialised Low Attack Insructors School
Steam Ship
​Volunteer Reserve

Grateful Thanks
Blackburn with Darwen Library & Information Service would particularly like to thank and acknowledge Stephen Irwin for sharing the initial Roll of Honour which he compiled with Ryan.  Stephen’s compilation of the "Glossary" above plus his guidance and assistance in reviewing the entries prior to publication on Cotton Town has been invaluable.

Ray Smith’s valiant research during the latter half of 2017 was greatly appreciated and he uncovered additional names for inclusion. Further research has also been undertaken by Community History Volunteer, Fran Stevenson.

The time and skill of another Community History Volunteer, Stephen Smith, in creating the online version of Blackburn’s Roll of Honour for Cotton Town deserves our thanks. 

Thank-you also to Carol Curphey, Blackburn with Darwen Library & Information Service.

Further Information
The Roll of Honour published on Cotton Town is by no means definitive. There must be dozens of memorials in churches, schools, sporting clubs, community venues such as political, social groups and work memorials, plus others, which may offer other names for consideration.

The Cotton Town team would warmly welcome any further information especially additional names for inclusion, photographs as well as potential amendments.  

Please check the Roll of Honour and contact the Library on the following email if you think you can help:

Email: library@blackburn.gov.uk 

August 2020