Call to honour forgotten war heroes in Blackburn

George Harman and Mel Diack at the existing memorial in Corporation Park

George Harman and Mel Diack at the existing memorial in Corporation Park

First published in News This Is Lancashire: Photograph of the Author by , Reporter

A CAMPAIGN has been launched to honour those who lost their lives during both world wars on a new memorial in a Blackburn park.

George Harman, 80, from Whalley, called on Blackburn With Darwen Council last year to erect a new monument listing the names of all the local soldiers killed in both the First and Second World Wars to be erected in Corporation Park, Blackburn.

Private Daniel Ashton, Mr Harman’s uncle, died aged 18 in May 1915, and was the son of John James and Catherine Ashton who lived in Whalley Old Road, Blackburn.

Now the council has backed his call, which he made alongside his friend and neighbour, Mel Diack, as well as the British Legion.

The two men are appealing for the community to help in their bid to build a larger monument in the park which lists the names of more than 3,000 men and women who fell in the Great War. The new memorial would be added on to the existing remembrance garden and memorial.

Mr Hardman said: “I was doing my family tree and I found that my mother’s brother, my uncle, had been killed in the First World War.

“I came to look at the memorial at Corporation Park and I was amazed to see there were no names there. I went to the library to ask where a full memorial was and was told that the borough did not have one. Thousands of local men, and women as well, gave their lives in this war, and we feel there should be a more full and fitting tribute to them, with all the names of the lives lost.”

Mr Diack, 61, said: “These men and women gave their lives for our country and they deserve their names to be read and remembered, and to be a full part of the remembrance garden in the park.”

Council leader Coun Kate Hollern said: “It is extremely important that we remember those brave men and women who made such huge sacrifices for our country.

For more information call Jacques McCaughran on 01254 585448.

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6:17pm Fri 21 Mar 14

noddy57 says...

For anyone be it man or woman who gave their lives fighting for their country not to be remembered on a plaque or monument is a disgrace and should be rectified as soon as it is possible to do so, l remember as a boy there used to be a statue with all those who fell in the great war in my local St Thomas,s church yard in Lambeth ST so what happened to all those parish church epitaphs ?..probably stolen for scrap
For anyone be it man or woman who gave their lives fighting for their country not to be remembered on a plaque or monument is a disgrace and should be rectified as soon as it is possible to do so, l remember as a boy there used to be a statue with all those who fell in the great war in my local St Thomas,s church yard in Lambeth ST so what happened to all those parish church epitaphs ?..probably stolen for scrap noddy57
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7:06pm Fri 21 Mar 14

Lancs - pensioner says...

Some things we should never never forget and these folk where our real heroes, with out them we may not be here!
Get it done asap sod the cost.
Some things we should never never forget and these folk where our real heroes, with out them we may not be here! Get it done asap sod the cost. Lancs - pensioner
  • Score: 6

8:24pm Fri 21 Mar 14

2 for 5p ridesagain says...

noddy57 wrote:
For anyone be it man or woman who gave their lives fighting for their country not to be remembered on a plaque or monument is a disgrace and should be rectified as soon as it is possible to do so, l remember as a boy there used to be a statue with all those who fell in the great war in my local St Thomas,s church yard in Lambeth ST so what happened to all those parish church epitaphs ?..probably stolen for scrap
Put to good use then. :-)
[quote][p][bold]noddy57[/bold] wrote: For anyone be it man or woman who gave their lives fighting for their country not to be remembered on a plaque or monument is a disgrace and should be rectified as soon as it is possible to do so, l remember as a boy there used to be a statue with all those who fell in the great war in my local St Thomas,s church yard in Lambeth ST so what happened to all those parish church epitaphs ?..probably stolen for scrap[/p][/quote]Put to good use then. :-) 2 for 5p ridesagain
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8:50pm Fri 21 Mar 14

Reasons says...

There are quite a lot buried in Blackburn Old cemetery ...their graves a sad sight to see
There are quite a lot buried in Blackburn Old cemetery ...their graves a sad sight to see Reasons
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9:25pm Fri 21 Mar 14

abetterblackburn says...

“Council leader Coun Kate Hollern said: It is extremely important that we remember those brave men and women who made such huge sacrifices for our country.“

How about building one where the former Blackburn Royal Infirmary’s War Memorial Wing once stood? You know the one Kate, the one that was given by the mill owners and people in the area as a reminder to all those who lost their lives during the first world war. Such a pity as council leader you allowed it to fall into disrepair only recently!

What some people will say or do in the hope of becoming MP for Blackburn is astonishing beyond belief. Little wonder why people don‘t believe what politicians say any more?
“Council leader Coun Kate Hollern said: It is extremely important that we remember those brave men and women who made such huge sacrifices for our country.“ How about building one where the former Blackburn Royal Infirmary’s War Memorial Wing once stood? You know the one Kate, the one that was given by the mill owners and people in the area as a reminder to all those who lost their lives during the first world war. Such a pity as council leader you allowed it to fall into disrepair only recently! What some people will say or do in the hope of becoming MP for Blackburn is astonishing beyond belief. Little wonder why people don‘t believe what politicians say any more? abetterblackburn
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3:39pm Sat 22 Mar 14

kitchener2 says...

2 for 5p ridesagain wrote:
noddy57 wrote:
For anyone be it man or woman who gave their lives fighting for their country not to be remembered on a plaque or monument is a disgrace and should be rectified as soon as it is possible to do so, l remember as a boy there used to be a statue with all those who fell in the great war in my local St Thomas,s church yard in Lambeth ST so what happened to all those parish church epitaphs ?..probably stolen for scrap
Put to good use then. :-)
"****"
[quote][p][bold]2 for 5p ridesagain[/bold] wrote: [quote][p][bold]noddy57[/bold] wrote: For anyone be it man or woman who gave their lives fighting for their country not to be remembered on a plaque or monument is a disgrace and should be rectified as soon as it is possible to do so, l remember as a boy there used to be a statue with all those who fell in the great war in my local St Thomas,s church yard in Lambeth ST so what happened to all those parish church epitaphs ?..probably stolen for scrap[/p][/quote]Put to good use then. :-)[/p][/quote]"****" kitchener2
  • Score: 2

1:03am Sun 23 Mar 14

2 for 5p ridesagain says...

kitchener2 wrote:
2 for 5p ridesagain wrote:
noddy57 wrote:
For anyone be it man or woman who gave their lives fighting for their country not to be remembered on a plaque or monument is a disgrace and should be rectified as soon as it is possible to do so, l remember as a boy there used to be a statue with all those who fell in the great war in my local St Thomas,s church yard in Lambeth ST so what happened to all those parish church epitaphs ?..probably stolen for scrap
Put to good use then. :-)
"****"
"****" to you
[quote][p][bold]kitchener2[/bold] wrote: [quote][p][bold]2 for 5p ridesagain[/bold] wrote: [quote][p][bold]noddy57[/bold] wrote: For anyone be it man or woman who gave their lives fighting for their country not to be remembered on a plaque or monument is a disgrace and should be rectified as soon as it is possible to do so, l remember as a boy there used to be a statue with all those who fell in the great war in my local St Thomas,s church yard in Lambeth ST so what happened to all those parish church epitaphs ?..probably stolen for scrap[/p][/quote]Put to good use then. :-)[/p][/quote]"****"[/p][/quote]"****" to you 2 for 5p ridesagain
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10:16pm Sun 23 Mar 14

noddy57 says...

what is it with the modern generation ? when my time comes l will be glad to get out of here,good Riddance to a selfish and non moralistic society,
what is it with the modern generation ? when my time comes l will be glad to get out of here,good Riddance to a selfish and non moralistic society, noddy57
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