The Commonwealth War Grave Commission is hoping that relatives of Darwen solider from the First World War can be found.

Last year we reported how Private Squire Haworth, who had previously lain in an unmarked grave in Darwen Cemetery was to finally get the recognition he deserved.

In preparation for the dedication of a new memorial to the soldier, the CWGC is hoping to track down any surviving relatives.

Squire Haworth will be the 100th member of the armed forces to be recognised with a memorial headstone in the old Darwen Cemetery.

He was born at 3 Hacking Street, Darwen, in 1891, the son of Squire Haworth and Mary Price,

The family later moved to Hutchinson Court and by the time of the 1911 census they were living at 180 Duckworth Street. Squire was a reacher-in in a local cotton mill.

Early in April 1915 he joined the East Lancashire Regiment and by the end of May, the same year, he arrived in France where he took part in the second battle of Ypres.

It was during this battle that Germany first made the mass use of poisonous gas. Although he survived one of the bloodiest battles of the war to that point, Squire started complaining of increased thirst and general weakness and his army record shows that he was transferred back to England in February 1916 suffering from diabetes. At the end of March the same year, he was discharged from the army, medically unfit.

He returned home to Darwen where he died in a diabetic coma just 10 weeks later in June. He was buried Darwen cemetery in an unmarked grave.

At the end of the war his parents received his war medals – British War Medal, the Victory Medal and the 1914-15 Star.

Although his grave may have been unmarked, he was remembered on the war memorial in Darwen's Duckworth Street Congregational Church, now the Central United Reformed Church.

Now more than 100 years after his death the CWGC is recognising him and are preparing a gravestone. A short ceremony is planned to mark the unveiling.

If you are a surviving relative of Squire Haworth or may know someone how is, contact John East of the Friends of Darwen Cemetery on 07885 595189.