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All Working Parties Resume

As from this Saturday 16th May 2020

Our Working Parties will resume.

(with social distancing rules)

Trustees of Friends of Darwen Cemetery
May 2020

Sad News of the Death of Maureen

It was with great sadness that we learnt last week that one of our original working party volunteers has passed away.

Maureen Roberts was a lovely lady who helped regularly at our working parties  with a zest for life she was a pleasure to have around. Maureen worked with the young people who used to come and loved to encourage them.

She would take on any task with her usual enthusiasm and gusto and would not stop until it was finished. She helped whenever she could to raise the profile of the cemetery group and whenever you saw her intown she could always enquire about members.

Maureen tended her own families graves in the Eastern Cemetery and would also tend a war grave in memory of her father.

She will be missed greatly by all who knew her RIP Maureen


The picture shows Maureen at a working party after tending one of the war graves in the run up to Remembrance Day 2010

                                                                 FODC May 2020
                                                                 Photo by Diane Davies

Our Next Working Party

will be on

Saturday 11th July 2020

Between 10am and 1pm in the Western Cemetery
Cemetery Road, Darwen

Then on 

Saturday 25th July 2020
Saturday 8th August 2020
Saturday 22nd August 2020

Our 100th Commonwealth War Grave

PRIVATE Squire Haworth, who has lain in an unmarked grave the Western Cemetery for over 100 years, has finally been recognised by the Commonwealth War Graves Commission.


Our memorial to commemorate the Centenary of the end of the 1st World War to the servicemen buried in the western cemetery which was unveiled in July 2018

He will now have his own memorial, in Portland stone, and he will be the 100th member of the armed forces to be so recognised in the townís old cemetery.

The honour is due to the diligence and determination of our Chairman Tony Foster, Tony who is also a well-known local historian came across the story of Private Haworth when researching the story of another Great War soldier and was intrigued, probably because of his unusual Christian name. After several monthís work, he persuaded the war graves executive that he should finally be recognised.

Tony did not realise at first that he would be the 100th Darwen lad in the cemetery to be granted the honour. Which is quite a landmark for the Friends of Darwen Cemetery and a fitting memorial for Pte Howorth.

Squire was born in Hacking Street, Darwen on January 29, 1891, the son of Squire Haworth and Mary. The family later moved to Hutchinson Court and by the time of the 1911 census they were living at 180 Duckworth Street. Squire was a reacher-in in a local cotton mill.

In April, 1915 he joined the East Lancashire Regiment and six weeks later he was posted to France. It was towards the end of the Second Battle of Ypres, the encounter in which the Germans first used poisonous gas as a weapon of mass destruction.

It was shortly after this battle that Squire started to complain of weakness and excessive thirst and his Army record shows he was suffering from diabetes. He was returned to England in February, 1916 and discharged on medical grounds the following month.

He returned to Darwen where he died in a diabetic coma in June. He was awarded two medals but his name wasnít included in the CWGCís Roll of Honour.

However, his home town did not forget him and his name was put on the elegant brass war memorial in Duckworth Street Congregational Church, now the Central United Reformed Church.

The memorial to those who fell in the world wars at the Central United Reformed Church. Squire's name is towards the bottom of the first column.

It will take several months for burial details to be checked and verified, but a short ceremony is planned to mark the unveiling.

Meanwhile, the search for a photograph of Pte Haworth goes on, in the past we have been very successful in tracing photos of our war dead, as yet we havenít made any headway with Squire.

                                                          FODC February 2020

In the Press

24th May 2020
Heroines of First World War who all made Darwen proud

19th February 2020

Darwen soldier's grave to be recognised over 100 years on

16th October 2019

Chance for families in Darwen to find long lost graves

7th August 2019
Cemetery on the look out for Adopties

4th July 2019
Invite to find a family grave in Darwen

29th April 2019
Friends of Darwen Cemetery to meet


Friends of Darwen Cemetery

Postal Address

Friends of Darwen Cemetery
C/O Unit 2a Hall Moss Business Park
Bolton Road, Bull Hill
Darwen, Lancashire.

2020 Working Party Dates

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Check out our Booklet Page

If you missed anybooklet_no of our Cemetery Walks over the years, these booklets are still available to buy!

You could complete the walk yourself as each booklet has a map inside showing you the route of each walk and the area each grave on the walk are located.

Or you could buy the booklet just to see the history or the story of the Graves featured on the walk from the comfort of your arm chair!

If you would like to see all the booklets for sale click on the link below

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Roy's amusing take on our Working Parties.


Have a look at thephotographs taken by Roy during or Working Parties with Ro's amusing comments.

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If you wish to donate to the Friends of Darwen Cemetery and you pay Tax, please click on the image and fill out the details required and email it to secretary@darwencemetery.org.uk or you can print out the document and send it in the post to:

Friends of Darwen Cemetery
C/O Unit 2a, Hall Moss Business Park
Bolton Road, Bull Hill
Darwen BB3 2TT


Our Next Genral Meeting and AGM

Will be held on

Wednesday 29th April 2020 at
Darwen Heritage Centre, Holker House,
Railway Road, Darwen BB3 2RG

Sorry our General and AGM on Wednesday 29th April 200 has been canceled, a new date will be advised as soon as possible.


As this is our 10th Anniversary of the Friends of Darwen Cemetery we thought t​​​​​his year we would show you what we have managed to achieve over the last 10 years and look forward to our thoughts and plans for the future.


Everybody is welcome and the doors open at 6.30pm for a 7pm start.


Refreshments will be available. 

                                                       FODC February 2020

Our Next Cemetery Working Party

is on

Saturday 11th July 2020

between 10am and 1pm in the Western Cemetery,
Cemetery Road, Darwen

If you would like to see others who have got involved 

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