List of References

Standard references are quoted in biographies of the servicemen with links to Edgworth, Chapeltown, Entwistle, Lancashire and The Children’s Homes in Edgworth..

Crediting Authors of Third-Party Research



The following Standard References have been used. Other references are noted on the individual biographies:

1. Census and Electoral Rolls: []

2. Military Records: []

3. Births, Marriages and Deaths: []

4. Wills and Probate: []

5. Births, Marriages and Deaths (Lancashire): []

6. Births, Marriages and Deaths (UK): []

7. Forces War Records: []

8. Lancashire Parish Records – []

9. Tillotson’s Bolton Directory, 1932

10. Reminiscences of the Lancashire village of EDGWORTH in the 1920s and 1930s Author: Arthur Fairhurst – Publisher: N Richardson ISBN 1 85216 115 9

11. More memories of the Lancashire village of EDGWORTH from the 1920s to the 1960s. Author: Arthur Fairhurst – Publisher N Richardson ISBN 1 85216 142 6

12. Index of Memorial inscriptions – Edgworth Congregational Church []

13. Roll of Honour – The Loyal North Lancashire Regiment [ of-honour]

14. Records of The Barlow Institute and Memories of Edgworth: private collection of Mike Williams, Barlow Court, Edgworth

30. Photo from the collection at The Barlow, Edgworth – photography D. Stott

31. Image reproduced from WW1 Service/Pension Records on under the Open Government Licence – © Crown Copyright – courtesy of The National Archives

32. Image reproduced from All England & Wales, National Probate Calendar (Index of Wills and Administrations), 1858-1966 on under the Open Government Licence – – © Crown Copyright

33. Image reproduced from Manchester BMD records on with permission from Manchester Libraries, Information and Archives, Manchester City Council

15. [] – Certificates reproduced with permission from The Commonwealth War Graves Commission

34. Bolton Library & Museum Archive: Edgworth Wesleyan (NMWW) Registers etc. 1844-1990

35. Burial Records at St Anne’s Church, Turton

36. []

37. []

38. World War 1 Soldier Database, Bolton Museum and Archive

39. Library and Archives of Canada – military records
[ 1914-1918-cef/Pages/canadian-expeditionary-force.aspx]

40. Home Children Records – Library and Archives of Canada –
[ 1869-1930/immigration-records/Pages/search.aspx]

41. 1901 and 1911 Canadian Census – []

"I believe that one of the comforts to us all out here is that we know we shall always be honoured in the old village."

Gerald Ainsworth, died Ypres Salient: 27th March 1918

WW1 Soldiers

The Great War


War Memorials


Mapping Loss

Commemorative Books

Men from Childrens Homes

History of the Childrens Homes


Blackburn with Darwen Council handed over the running and upkeep of The Barlow to the community in 2013. Since then The Barlow Charity has relied upon the generosity of benefactors and income from users of the facilities, plus the efforts of volunteers to sustain this much valued community facility. Significant improvements have been carried out to help ensure a long-term future, including a new roof, replacement windows, new hygienic worktops in the coffee shop kitchen and a new hot water & heating system. Most recently (summer 2022) the renovation of the outdoor veranda has been completed and a new adjacent decking area has been installed. In addition the snooker room has been restored to its former splendour by a small group of volunteers.

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An important source of funding that has contributed to the above mentioned improvements is The Friends of the Barlow scheme.  By becoming a Friend you can contribute to a fund that is used for repairs and renovations to the structural fabric of the building and pathways etc, and to upgrade, refresh and improve facilities e.g. now that the building is once again weathertight there are plans being drawn up for the main hall can be deep-cleaned, re-decorated and refurbished and other water-damaged areas such as the main stairway & its beautiful large, stained glass window to also be restored to their former glory.

As a Friend of The Barlow, your regular donations provide a much appreciated, steady income stream that to date (summer 2022) has raised in the region of over £40,000, which has been mostly used contributing towards paying for the roof, windows and heating system.
We intend to soon publish the overall list of improvements/tasks and from that you will see that there is a significant amount of expenditure still needed to achieve all of the identified tasks and improvements. We would welcome donations/sponsorship for specific items that may be of particular interest to individuals or families or groups, but the regular donations by Friends of The Barlow are also crucial. Therefore, we welcome any and all new donors and are grateful for whatever amount you choose to donate.

We are of course also very grateful to all of our existing Friends of The Barlow and if you are able to increase your monthly donation by any amount, that would be hugely appreciated – you can either make the increase to your standing order directly with your bank or you can complete a new form and send it to your bank or give it to us to process.

Please also consider increasing the value of your donation at no extra cost to you by using Gift Aid – as an example, an £8 donation from you becomes £10 with the Gift Aid add-on!

If you wish to donate please click on the link below, complete the form and either send it to your bank with an email copy to our email address  or return the completed form to the Barlow’s office in a sealed envelope addressed to Friends of The Barlow.  Paper copies of the form are available from The Barlow.

For any further information please email or contact the office via or 01204 852216.

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