1916 – 2016 Somme Tribute

Commemorative Bench dedicated to the Women of Darwen and the Role they played in WW1

On a rainy Thursday, 7th July 2016 in the Western Cemetery, many gathered including some School Children from Ashleigh Primary School to unveil a Granite Bench placed on the edge of Section C near to the Cross of Sacrifice.

TheĀ  bench has been donated by Darwen Townswomen Guild,
Crown Paints and Brent Stevensen Memorials.

The banch was unveiled by the High Sherrif of Lancaster.

The inscribed bench was unveiled on behalf of the Darwen Townswomen’s Guild to honour the women of the area who supported soldiers during the Great War.

Around 1,300 soldiers from the town died in the war, but Cllr John East, part of the Friends of Darwen Cemetery group, said “what is often forgotten is the vital role women played”.

FODC July 2016