Memorial to First World War Dead

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Reference WMO253447

Address:

A666 Bolton Road

Darwen

BB3 1BU

England

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Status: On original site
Type: Freestanding
Location: External
Setting: Within a garden/park/churchyard/enclosure/Marketplace
Description: Garden
Materials:
  • Stone Slate
Lettering: Incised
Conflicts:
  • First World War (1914-1918)
About the memorial: These are a series of 50 paving stones incised with the names of those who died in WW1 by service, each year names are added for that year. One includes a map of the locations where dead are interred. The area is to the rear of the established South African War Memorial
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Each stone is inscribed with year, names, service and nation where they are buried. The first, located in front of the South African Memorial, holds the main inscription: 4th August 1914/ Britain declares War on Germany/ The first Darwen soldier killed was/ on the 20th August 1914 in France/ Over 700,000 British Soldiers/ never came home to our shores and a total of 16,000,000 were killed/ during The GREAT WAR/ Over 1300 came from Darwen. Their names are listed on the panels/ We also remember those who served and returned/ many of them psychological or physically scarred/ They gave their lives to maintain our freedom/ They shall not grow old as those that are left grow old/ Age shall not weary them, nor the years condemn/ At the going down of the sun and in the morning/ we will remember them

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