|Our First Working Party for 2020 will be held on Saturday 21st March 2020 between 10am and 1pm, meet in the Western Cemetery|
Diane and Rose collect a cheque for £1,000
Following a successful presentation to the Cash for Communities Committee by Pat O'Reilly and Diane Davies, Friends of Darwen Cemetery receive a cheque of £1000 for new signage in the Cemetery
The Graves in Section C are being repaired and re-erected.
2Lt Edward Deakin Ashton
One of the first to die during the Great War was Second Lieutenant Edward Deakin Ashton, educated at Sedbergh School and Baliol College, Oxford, only son of rich parents who lived in a grand house in Darwen. He was a Lancashire Fusilier. He was 26.
Our Australian Soldier : Alfred Edmund WARD
'Rosemary and Len Jackson were asked by their daughter Nicola, who now lives in Australia, to place a tribute on the war grave of Arthur Edmund Ward in Darwen Old Cemetery to commemorate Anzac Day on 25 April. Nicola was over at Christmas and was interested to find an Australian soldier was buried in the cemetery. On her return to Australia she decided to research the soldier who died at the home of his cousins, the Leaches.
The Ashton Memorial
Work has been completed on the Ashton Memorial outside wall and it has now been made safe.
The Garden inside the Memorial has been weeded, fresh top soil has been laid and we have planted some new bedding plants.
However the Ashton Memorial Monument still requires full restoration to bring it back to its former glory, we are still looking for funding to complete this.
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Friends of Darwen Cemetery 2011
Darwen Cemetery - Darwen - Lancashire