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Darwen Industrial Co-op Society was located on School Street.
The Memorial (not described nor any inscriptions given) was located near to the entrance to the offices. It contained the names of 107 of the Society's employees who served in the forces during WW1, 18 of whom gave their lives. At either side of the memorial where the names of the 89 men who served and returned, in the centre were the name of the 18 who gave their lives these are;
Bone, Reginald; Brooks, Reginald; Briggs, Hubert; Cocker, Vincent; Fielding, William L.; Fish, Thomas; Mcglynn, Patrick; Jepson, William L.; Kay, William; Keefe, Frank P.; Kewon, John; Kirkham Ashworth; Lloyd, Arthur G.; Riding, Joseph; Schofield, Thomas; Smith Ernest; Walsh, Norman; Wood, Frank.

The names of the 89 men who served and returned are;
Adams, Philip; Ainsworth, Herbert C.; Aspinall, Fred; Ainsworth, John; Almond, John W.; Atherton, Thompson; Atkinson, Walter; Ainsworth Fred A.; Ashcroft Henry; Bennett, Ernest; Backhouse Richard; Barker, Harry; Bettinson, Sydney; Bell, Harry; Blackledge, William; Boland, Joseph; Baldwin, James; Burgum, Arthur; Bury, Edmund; Bury, James H.; Baxendale, Arthur; Bentley, Alfred; Calderbank, Argyle; Crompton, Harold; Drinkwater, Thomas; Duckworth, Moses; Duxbury, Hubert; Driver, William; Eccles, James H.; Ellison, George W.; Fish, Norman; Fretwell, Frank; Gillibrand, David; Gillibrand, Herbert; Gregory, John; Hargreaves, John; Hargreaves, Thomas; Holden, Henry W.; Holden, Ralph; Holden William B.; Hunt, Water; Irwin, William; Jackson, Thomas P.; Jennings, Sam A.; Jepson, John W.; Jepson, Joseph; Jepson Milton: Kay, Frank; Kirkham, Joseph; Knowles, Frank; Lacey, L.E.; Lane, Arthur; Leach, George; Leach, Richard; Lowe, John; Lyons, Alfred; Marsden, Elis; Marsden, Harold; Marsden, Hubert; Marsden, Joseph T.; Marsden Tim; Mason, Harold; Nightingale, Ernest; Nightingale, Harry; Nightingale, John; Nightingale, Walter; Pickup, James W.; Pilkington, Ralph; Pinder, John; Proctor, Robert; Quinlan, James F.; Riding, Albert; Seal, Joseph; Shaw, William T.; Swarbrick Albert; Singleton, Irving; Thompson, Albert; Thompson, Frank; Todd, Robert; Waddicor, Levi; Watson, Fred; Watson, George L.; Whitney, Norman; Whittaker, J.W.; Whittaker; James H.; Whittaker, Richard; Wilding, Robert; Wilkinson, Joseph; Wood, Norman A.

The Memorial was unveiled on Monday 8th November 1920 by T. Haworth, President of the Society

Blackburn Weekly Telegraph: 13th November 1920.
Darwen News 13th November 1920.

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Carr’s Mill

The Mills Memorial was a large square marble slab with a roof shape at the top, on this are two crossed rifles above an artillery gun. In each corner, below the roof are, top left a crown, top right a soldier's cap, bottom left crossed standards, bottom right crossed swords with a sailors cap.
In shape and form it is identical with the one at India Mill (see that image for that mill).
The whole is mounted on brown stone

It was located inside an arch which led into the weaving shed.
At the top is the Inscription;

1914–European War-1919

Below this, enclosed in a scroll;

Roll Of Honour
To Our Glorious Dead
Name of 8 men who gave their lives
The Following Also Served Their King And Country
The names of 39 men and 6 women who served.
These names are not known at this time.

The names of the 8 men who did not return are;
Bury, H.; Entwistle, T.; Hedditch, G.; Livesey, A.; Parkinson, W.; Rostron, C.; Taylor, J.L.; Taylor, W.
The memorial was unveiled by W.H. Haworth on Wednesday 19th May 1920. It was the work of Braithwaite and Sons.

Darwen News: 22nd May 1920.

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Greenfield Mill

 Greenfield Mill was located at Spring Vale
the Memorial was an ornately carved board mounted on the wall of the mill. There are three panels with carved names and inscriptions the two outer panels have the names of those from the mill who served in the services, the centre panel has an Inscription and the names of those who died which have a gold cross above and below the names are also coloured gold. It is now, I believe, held at Blackburn Museum.

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© Albert Gavagan (WMR-54845)
The World War 1 Memorial at Greenfield

The Inscription on the centre board reads;


The names of the 10 men who gave their lives are;
Ardis, William J.; Chippendale, Thomas; Harwood, Samuel; Howard, Walter; Jepson; Herbert; Lomax James A.; Shorrock, John; Townley, Oliver; Townsend, Ernest.
On the two end panels is the Inscription;


The names are, Left Panel 29 men 4 women;
Almond, Henry; Ardis, John R.C.; Atherton, Joseph; Bury, Thomas; Calvey, Thomas, G. Catchpool, T. Corder; Chippendale, William; Betsy A. Crompton; Davis, W. Russell; Dugdale, Henry; Durkin, Thomas; Eddisford Millicent J.: Eddisford, Ivy; Farnworth, James; Fox, Edward; Garner, Thomas; Hampson, William H.; Heap, William S.; Heap, Thomas E.; Holden Thomas; Holden Benjamin; Holden Edmund; Holden, William C.; Holden Mary; Holden Thomas; Jepson Fletcher; Kay, William H.; Keys, William R.; Keys, Harry; Marsden, Andrew; Maudsley, William; Midgley, Arthur; Moore, James.
Right Panel; 31 men 1 woman;
Nuttall, George; Parkinson, James; Payne, William H.; Peppiman, Richard; Riley, Betsy; Richardson, Thomas; Ruston, John; Schofield, Christopher; Shipley, George, Smith Shirley; Smith Henry; Smith Albert; Stott, Joseph; Stuart, James; Thompson, George; Townley, John; Townsend, Joseph; Townsend, William; Trevor, Richard; Tyson, Herbert; Waddicor, Thomas; Walton, Bury B.; Walsh, Ernest; Walsh, Richard; Walsh William T.; Wedge, Edward; Wheeler, James T.; Wheeler, Edward A: Wheeler, George; Whewell, William; Whewell, Edward; Woodcock, William; Worden, Frank.

There is no information has to when the Memorial was unveiled or by whom.

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War Memorial Ref No. 54845

India Mill 

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© Tony Foster (WMR-78307)

India Mill is located on Ashton Lane Darwen. Its Memorial is in what was the mills entrance.

The Memorial is a marble square with a roof shape at the top. On this are two crossed rifles above an artillery gun. In each corner, below the roof are; top left a crown, top right a soldier's cap, bottom left crossed standards, bottom right crossed swords with a sailors cap.

The inscription reads;

1914 Roll Of Honour 1919
To The Honoured Memory Of Our fallen Benefactors
The names of those who died
The Following Also Served Their King And Country
The names of those who served.

The memorial is mounted on two stone corbels with a stone backboard.

The names of the 14 men who gave their lives are;
Chadwick, S.; Cornwall, J.; Edge, W.; Greenwood, S; Grime, J.J.; Holden, M.; Hacking, W.; Mainwaring, A.; Massey. G.; Marsden, H.; Slater, J., D.C.M.; Slater, R.; Stamp, G.; Whalley, A.

The names of those who served are:
Aspden, T.B; Ainsworth, J.; Ainsworth, W.; Bamber, W.; Barker, J.; Barker, S.; Baxendale, F.; Brown, H.; Boardman, W.; Brocklebank, C.; Cain, E.; Chadwick, R.; Crook, L.; Cooper, J.; Dearden, W.; Duckett, F.; Duckett, J.; Duckworth, T.; Entwistle, W.; Forrest, G.; Forrest, W.; Fowler, J.J.; Grime, J.' Geraghty, R.; Hope, W.; Hulme, G.; Ince, H.; Jenkinson, N.B.; Jolly, J.; Kay, J.; Knowles, R.; Loftus, H.S.; Lowe, J.; Mather, H.S.; Msyho, A.; Miller, A.; Miller, H.J.; Moran, J.; Nicholson, J.; Nightingale, J.T.; Orrell, G.; Parry, G.; Parkinson, W.; Pearson, J.; Quinlan, W.; Regan, J.T.; Regan, W.; Risby, W.W.; Schofield, S.; Simpson, R.; Smith, J.M.S.; Smith, W.; Smith, W. M.M.; Taylor, C.H.; Theckston, H M.M; Theckston, T.; Walmsley, J.; Whittle, T.W.; Wood, M.; Wooten, J.: Worthington, J.; Worthington, J.

The Memorial was unveiled on Saturday afternoon 27th September 1919 by Mrs. Mather. It was made by Messrs. Braithwaite, of Darwen whose name is at the bottom right of the backboard.

Darwen News: 1st October 1919.
Darwen Advertiser: 4th October 1919.
Blackburn Weekly Telegraph: 4th October 1919
War Memorial Ref. No.: 78307.

Moss Bridge Mill


Moss Bridge Mill was located on Blackburn Road.
The Roll of Honour contained the names of 173 men from the mill who served in the forces during WW1. It was unveiled on Saturday 8th November 1919 by Miss A. Ward.
No further information is available.

Darwen Gazette: 15th November 1919.

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Olive Mill and Cotton Hall Mill

The memorial is a tablet located in an oak case which was affixed to the wall in the mill yard. It is now lost.
On it were the names of the Olive Mill workers and the Cotton Hall Packing Warehouse who gave their lives in WW1, (no names are given.)
The Memorial was unveiled by Robert Eccles, a worker at the mill, and Dedicated by the Rev’s, A. Bond and J.B. Blackburn on Saturday, 6th January 1923.
There is no more information at this time.
Darwen News: 13th January 1923.
Darwen Advertiser: 12th January 1923.
War Memorial Ref. No. 77815.


Peel Mill

The WW1 Memorial was a Brass tablet on a large oak back-board. The board had a boarder around it, each side of the board, at the top was a wreath wrapped around the dates 1914 and 1919, in-between these was a belt with the name of the Mill “T.W.A. Forest & Co. Ltd.” All the lettering is done in Gold.
An Inscription just below the dates reads;

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© Albert Gavagan (WMR-51313)
Pell Mill WW1 Memorial



Below the inscription is the brass tablet with the names of 60 men and 2 women, 12 of whom gave their lives, these are marked on the board with the letter “K” after their names.

The 12 who were killed are;
Ainsworth, H.; Ellison, J.H.; Fielden, T.; Forrest, H.D.; Forrest, J. G.; Heap, A.E.; Hodgkinson, P.; Kitchen, W.; Lightbown, J.; Marsden, J.T.; Ward, J.T.; Whalley, H.W.
Among the 50 who served and returned are the name of 2 women, their names are placed at the very bottom of the Memorial, They are;
Entwistle, Isabell.; Garthside, Jane A.;
The 48 men are;
Ashworth, S.B.; Aspden, A.; Aspden, J.T.; Astbury, A.; Barnes, T.; Bell, C.H.; Bennett, H.; Boland, I.; Bury, A.; Bury, T.; Cottam, W.H.; Crawshaw, T.; Crook, R.; Derbyshire, F.; Entwistle, G.; Entwistle, J.; Forrest, J.; Forrest, T.N.; Fowler, T.; Frith, H.; Gamble, W.T.; Haworth, A.; Haworth, W.E.; Heyes, M.; Holden, J.A.; Jackson, B.; Jackson, R.; Kershaw, B.; Killille, W.; Lomax, J.T.; Marsden, D.; Marsden, W.; Mayoh, H.; Miller, R.; Parker, J.W.; Parsons, T.; Pentith, G.; Pinder, E.; Proctor, R.; Proctor, W.; Singleton, F.; Smith, G.; Smith, J.; Townsend, J.; Ward, J.H.; West, E.; West, H.; Whalley, R.W.

The Memorial was in Grove Antiques Warehouse, Grimshaw Street, Darwen, before being taken to a house in Dewhurst Street, Darwen.
There is no information at this time as to when and by whom the Memorial was unveiled and dedicated.
War Memorial Ref. No: 51313



Premier Mill

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 © Albert Gavagan (WMR-78806)

Premier Mill was located on Begonia Street
The Memorial is a square stone tablet with triangular top corners in which, on the left, is a sailor, on the deck of a ship looking through a telescope out to sea, on the right is a soldier firing his rifle from a trench. The Memorial is attached to the outer wall of the old engine room of the mill.
Premier Mill.jpg
© Albert Gavagan (WMR-78806)

The inscription reads;

Premier Mill
Roll of Honour
For King & Country
Duty Called They Answered
These Died That We Might Live
Names of Those who Gave Their Lives
The Following Also Served
Names of Those who Served and Returned
God Save The King

The names of those who gave their lives are;
Ashworth, J.; Bentley, J.J; Cooper, W.; Harwood, R.; Holden, J.; Kay, H. W.; Kay, W.; Knowles, L.; Lomax, R.; Woodburn, W.
Those who served and returned;
Ashworth C.; Ashworth, F.; Almond, M.; Bailey, E.; Caunce, T.; Cooper, J.; Cross, J.R.; Crompton, A.E. Crompton, R.T.; Dewhurst, T.; Eccles, E.; Eccles, H.; Hacking, W.; Haslam, J.; Hill, M.; Johnson, G.H.; Jepson, J.S.; Kirkham, R.M.; Leach, T.; Marsden, W.; Mitchell, W.A.; Mason, J.; Parkinson, E.; Pilkington, E.; Pilkington, J.; Pickering, J.R.; Pickup, S.; Pickup, W.; Pinder, F.; Plant, J.; Plant, J. Jun.; Sharples, H.; Stanley, H.; Smalley, T.; Taylor, W.S.; Townsend, J. Townsend, J.H.; Turnbill, W.; Woodburn G.; Woodburn, J.; Woods, J.; Varley, (?).
Adams, P.; Adams, K.
No Information as to the date when it was unveiled or by whom.
War Memorial Ref. No.; 78806.

S​​haws' Glazed Brick Co., Darwen

Shaw’s Glazed Brick Co. is located at Waterside.
The WW1 Memorial is glazed stoneware at the top are two scrolls held up by pillars at either side. The names of the men who gave their lives is a representation of an open book done in relief.


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© Albert Gavagan (WMR-80079)
Shaw's Glazed Brick Works WW1 Memorial

There is an inscription which reads;
1914 LEST WE FORGET 1919
There are 22 names, 11 on each page of the book, of those who gave their lives. They are;
Left page.
Hawthornthwaite, W.; Waddington, J.; Gee, H.; Bury, J.; Cuthbert, A.; Crook, H.; Singleton, R.; Hunt, (?); Crompton, J.; Taylor, J.
Right Page.
Cooper, T.; Duxbury, J.; Hargreaves, S.; Risby, H.; Walkden, J.; Hurst, H.; Holden, C.; Woodall, W.; Holden, J.; Foster, J.; Chippindale, J.

The WW2 Memorial is virtually identical to the WW1, but instead of a representation of a book the names a surrounded by 2 laurel branches with a bow in the centre.
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© Albert Gavagan (WMR-80080)
Shaw's Glazed Brick Works WW2 Memorial
The inscription reads;
There are 9 names of those who gave their lives, they are;
Banks, J.; Henry, T.; Heriot, A.; Heeley, T.; Worswick T.; Chambers, E.; Middlehurst, W.; Entwistle, J.E.; Lomax, J.
There is no Information as to when or by whom the Memorials were unveiled and dedicated.

Memorial Ref No.:80079, 80080.

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Southend Mill

Southend Mill was located on Dewhurst Street Darwen.

The Memorial is a square stone tablet with triangular top.  In the corners , on the left is a bearded sailor on the deck of a ship looking through a telescope out to sea, on the right a soldier wearing a steel helmet firing his rifle from a trench.

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© Albert Gavagan (WMR-78839)

There is an Inscription which reads;

Roll of Honour
By The
Employers And Workpeople
To Hand Down To Prosperity
 Names Of Those Who Served
In The
Great War Of The Nations
Names Of those who Served

On the Far right

These Have Made
The Supreme Sacrifice.
Names of those who gave their lives.
The Names of those who served. Those who gave their lives have are in bold type.

Ainsworth, F.; Blacoe, W.; Burroughs, S.; Kemp, J.; Walton.
Day, C.; Day, T.; Halse, R.; Isherwood, S.; Jepson, S.; Kay, J.; Smith, J.R.; Thomlinson, H.; Yates, R.
Bailey, J.; Chambers, J.K.; Orrell, J.; Shorrock, W.; Waddicore, E.; Waddicor, J.A.; Whewell, J.
Crook, E.; Bunkin, T.; Entwistle, J.; Entwistle, J.H.: Jepson, J.W.; Kenyon, J.H.; Lancabeers, S.; Lodger, J.; Metcalf, H.; Tomlinson,; J.; Whittaker, H.
Briggs, R.; Jepson, H.

No Information as to the date when it was unveiled or by whom

War Memorial Ref. No.: 78839.

 Whitehall and Hope Mill

This mill did not build its own memorial but instead sent a cheque for £1000 to the Royal Infirmary, Blackburn, endowing a bed in memory of the 18 men from the mill who gave their lives. With the cheque was a letter to N.A. Smith Secretary of the Infirmary, It read;;
Dear Sir,
We have had under consideration the question of erecting some memorial to those men from Hope and Whitehall Mills who gave their lives in the service of their country during the war. In preference to erecting some monument we believe the more appropriate and helpful plan will be to endow a bed at the Infirmary in their names. This we feel would also be in accordance with their wishes, and while keeping names and services before us, it would benefit permanently a most helpful public institution. We understand it will be quite feasible to place a suitable tablet, as usual, by the bed, with a short inscription and list of their names—probably about 18—and it is on the understanding that this can be done and meets with the approval of the Board that we now forward you the cheque for £1000
Yours Faithfully,
W.T. Ashton and Sons.
Darwen Gazette: 9th August 1919.
Darwen News: 6th August 1919


Woodfold Mill

Woodfold Mill was located on Lloyd Street
The WWI Memorial was unveiled by P. Duckworth on Saturday 15th November 1919.
No further information at this time.
Darwen Advertiser: 22
nd November 1919.
Blackburn Weekly Telegraph: 22nd November 1919.