War Grave wreath presentation in Darwen Cemetery

Nicola Jackson who is a nurse in Sidney, Australia, laid a wreath to Australian solider Alfred Ward during the Christmas Holidays at Darwen Western Cemetery.

Nicola, daughter of Rosemary Jackson, Secretary of FODC is one of the furthest Friends and has completed much research on the grave in Darwen.

Students from Blackburn College along with volunteers from supported accommodation came together with Groundwork Pennine Lancashire’s Youth Team to create Christmas wreaths, grave pots and table decorations as part of the Community Space Challenge Programme which is funded by the National Lottery & managed through Catch 22.

The volunteers made over 30 decorations which were donated to a number of Care homes, DACA’s Senior Citizens Party & The Friends of Darwen

John East, Chairman said, “It is wonderful to remember the War dead, especially with a casualty who is buried so far away from home.

Nicola has researched the solider and help to transcribe many of the old
cemetery records as a friend of the cemetery group. With help from Groundwork we were able to remember many of the
90 war dead buried in the Western Cemetery.”

Picture has Nicola Jackson (knelt and Karen Marsden and Deborah Robinson from Groundwork laying the wreath at the war grave in Darwen Cemetery.

FODC December 2012