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Merry Christmas from all at FODC
All the very best from Santa's little helpers
Roy and Colin on the last working party of 2015
Merry Christmas and a Happy New Year!
FODC December 2015
2015 Remembarace Services
"Who says we forget the sacrifice of of men and woman who died in conflict areas of the world?
Well over 100 children and student attended the Friday service of remembrance at Darwen cemetery organised by the friends.
A fitting tribute to the 90 plus who died in both world wars and other conflicts - each year are remembered.
After the service of remembrance the young people from over 12 local schools placed crosses on each grave all if which are adopted by local groups and individuals.
On Sunday again a remembrance service attended by members of the community and local scout groups were silent as they remembered the 1300 casualties from Darwen who died and especially those who are buried in Darwen Cemetry
We can assure our community that remembering the deaths of local residents will not be forgotten and the FODC are proud to support the memory of such brave men and women.
FODC November 2015
(Friday Service Photos by Roy Cox
Sunday Service Photos by Diane Davies)
Remembrance Day Services 2015
Once again we will be holding two Remembrance Day services this year.
Friday 6th November 2015
As usual our First service will be held on Friday 6th November, this Service is held on the Friday to allow the Local Schools to attend, we will meet at 10.30 for a 10.45 Service.
Following the Service the children attending will go into the Cemetery and place Poppies on the 98 Commonwealth War Graves in the Cemetery.
This is a very well attended and moving service with all the children attending from the majority of the Primary and Secondary Schools in Darwen!
Sunday 8th November 2015
Our Second Sevice will be held on Sunday 9th November at 10.30 for a 10.45 Service.
Flag Break at 11 O'clock
In the past this Service has been attended by Local Scout and Guide Groups and is a very popular Service.
This Service has a more formal feel with all the Flags being lowered at
Attended by many Local Residents.
FODC October 2015
FODC Membership Form
If you wish to become a member of the Friends of Darwen Cemetery please click on the image.
Print out the sheet and post it to the address at the bottom
Ashes Garden Link
What the Papers Say
Darwen to delve into its history with 20 locations hosting events for heritage festival
(22nd July 2015)
Concern over Darwen Cemetery
(24th June 2015)
These friends are an asset
(26th May 2015)
Plans for Commonwealth War stone to mark soldier's resting place
(6th May 2015)
Town fights for cash to fund Darwen war memorial
(14th April 2015)
Darwen Cemetery's water crisis sparks anger
(9th April 2015)
FODC Heritage Open Day
A Walk around Darwen Cemetery Booklet for sale
If you missed our latest walk in Darwen Cemetery The booklet can be obtained from the Friends of Darwen Cemetery.
Payment via cheque made payable to Friends of Darwen Cemetery together with your Name and Address and sent it to:
Friends of Darwen Cemetery
C/O Unit 2a
Hall Moss Trading Estate
Bolton Road, Bull Hill
Darwen BB3 2TT
or pay by Paypal
FODC September 2015
Friends of Darwen Cemetery are holding a Heritage Open Day on Sunday 13th September 2015 between 1pm - 4pm
Whitehall Road, Darwen BB3 2LH
Between 2pm and 3pm we will be holding one of our very popular walks around the Western Cemetery (Bolton Road, Darwen BB3 2LZ) led by Tony Foster, our walk this year will be about the
We start the walk from the Cross of Sacrifice at 2pm.
FODC August 2015
The Annual General Meeting of the Friends of Darwen Cemetery will be held at 7pm on Wednesday 29th April at Darwen Aldridge Community Academy.
Please come to listen to what the Friends have achieved during 2014 and to hear about plans for 2015.
The Treasurer will present the financial report for 2014.
There will also be an election of trustees.
I hope to see you there.
Peter van Dijk
Friends of Darwen Cemeterysecretary@darwencemetery.org.uk
FODC April 2015
Our Official Launch
Steve speaking to Radio Lancashire
Steve with one of our Plaques.
On Wednesday 15th April FODC held it's official launch of the bid for Lottery cash to commemorate the contribution of Darwen's soldiers of the First World War at Darwen Library.
Members of FODC at the launch.
The exhibition shows
the blueprint for our grave trail and the plans for the mock trench on
the site of the Non Conformist Chapel in the Western Cemetery, we would
also like your to know your thoughts on our ambitious plans and have
facilities for you to have your say during the exhibition period.
Our scheme's centrepiece will be a large granite mock trench, complete with firing step which can be used as a bench for quiet reflection, overlooking the town.
The sides of the mock trench will have granite plaques to commemorate individual soldiers. Schools and community groups will use the mock trench as an outdoor activity and learning space.
Images of our Plans.
FODC April 2015
Appeal for Relatives - Gunner S.Taylor
The following message appeared on the Commonwealth War Graves Commissions website on 17 March 2015
His name appears on the Redearth War Memorial that the Friends recently restored and the following is taken from the Darwen News 9th November 1918:
Gunner S. Taylor.
It is unofficially reported at his home, that Gunner Samuel Taylor, of the Royal Garrison Artillery, died from pneumonia on the 1st inst, following an attack of influenza which he contracted about a fortnight ago. Deceased soldier, who was 21 years of age, joined the Forces on the 19th of May, 1916, and since then had been doing garrison duty in this country, where he died. In civil life he was employed at Messrs. Carus Mill, Hoddlesden, as a clerk and attended the Redearth Road Primitive Methodist Church. He is a son of Mr. and Mrs. Roger Taylor, of 173, Marsh House Lane, and his only brother is serving with the Motor Transport at Harrogate.
Samuel was born on May 7 1897 at 5 Grimshaw Street, Darwen the son of Roger Taylor and Mary Jane Cooper. Two day after his birth his mother passed away following a complication of child birth. With five young children to care for his father remarried later the same year to Betty Whewell. Roger's children were:
William Thomas born 1885
Mary Jane born 1888
Florrie born 1893
Maud Victoria born 1895
Samuel born 1897Alice born 1900
FODC April 2015
Our Lone Soldier
Anyone who walks through the Cemetery will know of our lone Soldier in Section D, this is the lone Commonwealth War Grave in the old part of the Cemetery, we already know that the grave is not actually on its own as the whole of Section D is filled with common graves with no Headstones, however whilst Tony Foster was gathering information on the War Graves from WW1 Tony has found out that our Lone Soldier is not on its own in its own grave.
Peter Farley, age 23 , buried 4th December 1916, died at War Hospital, Warren Road, Guildford. .
Also buried in the same grave are:-
Isabella Reed, aged 55, buried 20 Sep 1915 1 Finch St ,Darwen
James Appleton, aged 14 son of John Appleton, buried 16th September 1915, 3,Noble St, Darwen.
Francis Riley, aged 8 mths son of Arthur Riley , buried 7th September 1915, 34,Peel St, Darwen
Bridget Cleary, aged 60, widow, buried 1st September 1915, Extreme St Darwen
Mary Roberts, aged 5 mths daughter of John Roberts, buried 29th December 1900, 44,Railway Road ,Darwen.
All are buried in Section D Grave No 697. None of them related.
FODC April 2015
Harold comes to the Rescue with help from the Fire Brigade
Photographed are Gary and Steve from Darwen Fire Station with Cemetery Worker Billy Briggs
Harold Heys, local resident and Friend of Darwen Cemetery came to the rescue after visitors to the Eastern Cemetery had been left without water for two months after a pipe was broken.
The water butt was installed on the central island and the Friends of Darwen Cemetery have received many thanks from visitors for Harold's initiative.
Thank you to Gibson's Ironmongery who supplied the water butt and accessories at a discount price and to Lancashire Fire & Rescue Service who came to the rescue and filled up the water butt.
FODC April 2015
Adopted Grave of J.D.Knight
Janet Toth who adopted the Commonwealth War Grave of J.D.Knight has given the grave a Spring Clean over the Easter Bank Holiday weekend.
Sapper Knight served with the Royal Engineers during the 1st World War and died on the 12th September 1918 aged 33.
The grave is in Section 4B in the Western Cemetery looks great in the Easter sunshine!
Thank you Janet for all your hard work on the grave.
If you would like to see more information on the other War Graves in Darwen Cemetery, please click on the below link to our War Graves Page
FODC April 2015
The Rhododendrons Get A Trim!
Our working party on Saturday 23rd February was taken up trimming back the very large Rhododendrons behind the two Lodges in the Western Cemetery
Photos courtesy of Alan Walton, from the Friends of Darwen Cemetery Facebook Page
Diane don't jump it's a long way down!
FODC February 2015
Our First Working Party 2015
The Snow, Ice and freezing temperatures did not stop our volunteers from attending our first working party of 2015 held on the 24th January, work was carried out on a number of trees that had fallen down since our last working party before Christmas.
FODC January 2015
Photo by Harold Heys
Radio Lancashire Visits Darwen Cemetery
Each Wednesday during January Radio Lancashire will be visiting interesting cemeteries in North East Lancashire.
The series started on Wednesday 8th January with a visit to Darwen.
The programmed featured Tony Foster taking about the first burial and the cause of death, Martha Jane Bury (the White Lady) and the Lucas father and son both buried in a WW1 war grave.
Harold Heys explains about the three boys who lost their lives in a snow storm in Darwen Moors as well as Edward Deakin Ashton who lost his life within the opening 10 minutes of the Battle of the Somme, 1st July 1916.
Billy Briggs explains the technical nature of grave digging by hand.
The programme can be listen via the i-player at
The programme commenced at 9am but the item on the cemetery did not start until about 11.05 so you will need to scroll through the first 2 hours.
We hope you find it informative
FODC January 2015
Bold Venture Scouts visit Darwen Cemetery
Last year the Scouts from Bold Venture Scout Group visited the Western Cemetery to visit a number of the Graves in the Cemetery.
Colin explains to the Scouts about the Commonwealth War graves in the Cemetery, Colin is one of the Friends of Darwen Cemetery Trustees as well as being a Scout Leader for Bold Venture.
The Commonwealth War Grave of C.S. Coucill
The Scouts Salute the fallen.
Colin shows the scouts the grave of Fr Desiderius Vandenweghe
If you like to know more about the grave of Fr Desiderius Vandenweghe
click on the link below.
Fr Desiderius V
Photos courtsey of Bold Venture Scout Group
FODC January 2015
Cemetery Burial Registers: Volunteers required to transcribe these registers.
This can be undertaken from home from images the FODC
can supply on CD.
Guidelines on how to complete the work will be supplied.
For information contact Tony Foster - email@example.com
Sample of the Burial Register RegisterAgreement
(downloadable PDF File) (downloadable PDF File)
Click on this link to go direct to the 2014 Archive Page
Click on this link to go direct to the 2013 Archive Page
Click on this link to go direct to the 2012 Archive Page
Click on this link to go direct to the 2011 Archive Page
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