Darwen war hero burial site confirmed

The grave in Darwen Cemetery

The grave in Darwen Cemetery

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

THE Commonwealth War Graves Commission (CWGC) has updated its records to show that a First World War hero is buried in Darwen Cemetery.

Until recently, Fred Baron, who died on August 16, 1920, was recorded as being on the Brookwood Memorial at Brookwood Cemetery in Surrey.

Darwen historian Tony Foster said: “In early 2013, the Friends of Darwen Cemetery were contacted by the In From The Cold Project and we were able to confirm that Fred was buried in Darwen Cemetery on August 20, 1920.

“He was the son of John and Elizabeth Baron and had emigrated to Canada in 1908.

“On the outbreak of the war, he enlisted in the Canadian Forestry Corp 126 Batallion (2nd Quebec Regiment). He died in Lancaster.”

The CWGC has now been updated and shows his final resting place as Darwen Cemetery.

The In From The Cold Project was formed to research and identify all servicemen and women missing from the official CWGC list of casualties from the First and Second World War.

The intention is that all soldiers will eventually get the full recognition their service deserves.

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2:41pm Fri 16 May 14

noddy57 says...

outstanding bit of detective work !! well done.
outstanding bit of detective work !! well done. noddy57
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