Blackburn Roll of Honour
There are 2 sources of information on soldiers from Blackburn who fought in World War I.
The first is a printed list, commemorating the men and women of Blackburn who gave their lives in the Great War, together with any medals that they won. It does not give any dates of death. It was published in 1929, when Blackburn's Roll of Honour memorial was unveiled by Sir John Rutherford, in the Town Hall. The memorial contains a Book of Remembrance whose pages are turned every day so that the names of all the casualties who died on that particular date can be read. This can be viewed in the entrance hall of the old Town Hall.
The second is a series of cuttings from local newspapers, mounted on cards. This was compiled by Library staff and differs from the printed list as in addition to casualties, it also includes soldiers who did not die during the War, but were honoured for their service. Most of the cards include a photograph, together with details of the soldier and his family, the date of death and the name of the newspaper from which it was taken. A few examples of which you will find here.
Nothing similar has been provided for Blackburn soldiers of World War II
The Commonwealth War Graves Commission website at www.cwgc.org/ maintains a "Debt of Honour Register" listing the casualties of both World Wars.
Read on for the complete list of names of Blackburn men and women whom gave their lives in World War I. The stories of Second Lieutenant John Schofield V.C. who won the Victoria Cross for 'most conspicuous bravery and devotion to duty in operations' and Major Harold Derbyshire, M.C. who won the Military cross for 'valuable and distinguished service' are amongst many.
Read on to find out about the Darwen War Memorial Project.
Regiments in which Blackburn Men served
A to D
E to H
I to L
M to P
Q to T
U to Z
Roll of Honour Introduction