In this section you can read about the men who made the ultimate sacrifice in two World Wars and other conflicts.
Darwen's Roll of Honour for the First World Wars is given, however, this is not complete and the Friends of Darwen Cemetery are currently compiling a more up-to-date list.
Blackburn’s Roll of Honour will be added to Cotton Town during 2014 - 2015.
War Memorials (incomplete) of both towns are included in the section "All Wars".
Gordon Hartley has researched the War Graves in Blackburn Cemetery (Whalley Old Road) and gives a list of them. The Friends of Blackburn Cemetery are currently undertaking further research. The group have a Facebook page entitled: The Friends of Blackburn Old Cemetery.
For information about War Graves in Darwen Cemetery please refer to : Friends of Darwen Cemetery (FODC) and please contact FODC if you have any information regarding Darwen's World War 1 dead. Other groups and individuals are currently researching various church cemeteries and war grave locations and information for inclusion on Cotton Town is warmly welcomed.
The Barlow in Edgworth (formerly Barlow Institute) has received Heritage Lottery Funding to research the experiences of the men and women of Edgworth, Chapeltown and Entwistle. The group have approximately 150 photos of men who fought in World War 1 and they are trying to discover the histories of them and their families. Many people moved frequently during that period and it may be that people living in Darwen and Blackburn have information, memorabilia and photographs of men originally from the Edgworth area. Any information, however little, would be gratefully received and if anyone would like to join our group to take part in research on the internet, then please contact Linda Spencer on 01204 853638 or 07779 060962. Please click the following link in order to look at the website regarding The Barlow .
There are stories from both World Wars, a look at some local heroes, and also, a look at the home front.
Reveille - a digital record of local soldiers immortalised on the Thiepval Memorial.