War graves pinpointed in Pendle cemeteries

Colne Cemetery.'Photo Ben Parsons
Colne Cemetery.'Photo Ben Parsons
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Signs have gone up outside six Pendle cemeteries to highlight the presence of war graves there.

In this 100th anniversary year of the First World War, the Commonwealth War Graves Commission has created signs to be displayed outside cemeteries containing war graves.

War graves are the graves of ex-service personnel who died in active service.

In Pendle, there are 145 in six of cemeteries.

The signs – which simply say “At this location there are Commonwealth War Graves” - have gone up at the entrances to these council-owned cemeteries:

Barrowford (three graves), Colne (58 graves), Earby (nine graves), Ghyll (15 graves), Nelson (59 graves) and Salterforth (one grave).

The Mayor of Pendle, Coun. Smith Benson, has a personal interest in British history, particularly around the time of the two World Wars.

He said: “These war graves are being highlighted as a mark of respect to the fallen soldiers who lie within.

“The signs that have been put up outside the six Pendle cemeteries are a lasting tribute to their bravery.”

The Commonwealth War Graves Commission has installed the signs at no expense to Pendle Council.

The CWGC is responsible for maintenance of the new signs.