The Friends of St. John’s Churchyard would like to thank:
The Heritage Lottery First World War: then and now fund and National Lottery players, for enabling the Friends to create a lasting and permanent memorial to local Nelson men who died in WW1.
The funding also included setting up the new website, funding the public event and research costs.
Lancashire Family History and Heraldry Society (LFHHS), Pendle and Burnley Branch, for providing the starting point for research by carrying out the initial survey of people buried in St John’s churchyard and creating a CD for reference
Fred W. Stringer, Nelson’s historian and author of ‘They Are Not Forgotten, First World War Memorials in Nelson, Lancashire’, and his son Andrew Stringer, for giving us permission to share his father’s research
Commonwealth War Graves Commission
Jean Ingham, a member of LFHHS, for training the volunteer WW1 researchers: Elaine Butterworth, Howard Butterworth, Frank Cork, Pam Cork, Ann Dixon, Ken Dixon, Marie Fare, Patsy Fielden, Geoffrey Holgate, Peter Naylor, Christine Price, Kath Stewart, Christine Windle
‘Craven’s Part in the Great War’ website - Craven Community Projects Group
The soldiers’ families, for sharing their personal stories, memories, photos and memorabilia including Peter Beckett, Sally Dempsey, Sally Gale, Margaret Howden, Lucy Whitehead
Wendy B. the creator of our new website nelsonwarheroes.co.uk for her time, effort, and attention to detail, in addition to her unerring resolve to meet deadlines
Steven Bury, local historian, for sharing his information about WW1, Nelson’s Boy Scouts who died in the war and soldiers who are commemorated in St John’s
Nelson Library staff and Darren Ward for their patience, help and advice and the use of their training room and computer suite
Brent Stevenson Memorials for donating the inscribed plaque for the Memorial Garden
The members of the Friends of St John’s Churchyard for their practical support, including the maintenance of the churchyard and building of the Memorial Garden on site
Mike Sutcliffe, and colleagues from the Armed Services Support Group Barrowford, the Royal British Legion, Councillor Sheila Wicks, and Blackburn Diocese and Christine Ellis for their help and support.
Participants at our Local Men: Local Heroes event:
Barnoldswick Brass Band, WW1 Re-enactors Eleanor Jolley (nurse) and Scott Knowles (soldier), Jean Whiteside for her audio-visual presentation, Jean Ingham and Kath Stewart for the military walking tours, and Kathleen Rowley and Pam Cork who served refreshments for the event
Please accept our apologies to anyone who has assisted the Friends with this project but your name is not listed…
For many decades the churchyard had not been accessible to the public. In 2005 the Friends of St John’s Churchyard were formed to reclaim, restore and conserve the churchyard.
Thanks to Mrs Agnes Rook, born in 1918 and still a member of the Friends group, whose determination, perseverance and tenacity encouraged the Friends to take on this scheme. Without her the project would not have begun.
The Friends of St. John’s Churchyard continue to have the belief that the churchyard is a great community asset and plays an integral part in Nelson’s heritage and social history.