Lost WW1 tribute reinstated in Darwen

Lost WW1 tribute reinstated in Darwen

Lost WW1 tribute reinstated in Darwen

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A LOST First World War memorial to factory workers at a Waterside ceramics firm has been put back on display.

Two plaques, listing the names of men from Shaw’s of Darwen killed in the 1914-1918 conflict, was discovered during refurbishment work.

It comes as Hoddlesden was today commemorating the 100th anniversary of the outbreak of the war, which started on August 4, 1914.

The names listed are W Hawthornthwaite, J Waddington, H Gee, J Bury, R Cranshaw, A Cuthbert, H Crook, R Singleton, C Hunt, J Crompton, J Taylor, T Cooper, J Duxbury, S Hargreaves, F Risby, J Walkden, H Hurst, J Chippendale, C Holden, W Woodall, J Holden and J Foster.

Shaws MD David Dare said: “We were renovating an old disused canteen building to turn into offices.

“We pulled the old walls down and there they were.

“We have now hung them with pride in the new offices.”

Mr Dare said the firm would probably have been massively affected by the fighting on the continent.

He said: “This was back in the day Shaws had 600 people and a lot of those would have been called up to fight.

“The plaques were in good condition when we found them and just needed some care and attention.

“I think they were made here in the factory as well.”

Mr Dare has also donated a sink worth more than £500 for a raffle prize at Saturday’s First World War commemoration events.

The event, organised by the East Rural Youth and Community Association (ERYCA), will see activities at the Ranken Arms and Carus Centre including a display of military vehicles, war time games and memorabilia and fairground rides.

There will be a service at the war memorial at 11am, with a coffee morning beforehand at the Carus Centre in Queen Street, from 10am.

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2:44pm Sat 30 Aug 14

Oldmanofthemountains says...

Good news indeed. Even better, I bet "twofer" will be happy!
Good news indeed. Even better, I bet "twofer" will be happy! Oldmanofthemountains
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11:23am Tue 2 Sep 14

Phase 3 says...

Excellent News that the lost WW1 memorial plaques were found.

A fitting tribute they were found and displayed ready for ERYCA's WW1 Commemoration.

The day was fab. A day to remember.

Thank You to all who supported this special day.
Excellent News that the lost WW1 memorial plaques were found. A fitting tribute they were found and displayed ready for ERYCA's WW1 Commemoration. The day was fab. A day to remember. Thank You to all who supported this special day. Phase 3
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