Derbyshire War Memorials
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Memorial Title

Rev W Leeke MA

Summary

Derbyshire War Memorials: a description of a Waterloo memorial to W Leeke comprising an addition to a gravestone in St Michael's Churchyard at Holbrook, Derbyshire.
Images

Setting Grave Headstone
Locations

Last known location:
St Michael's Churchyard
Portway
Holbrook
Derbyshire
Nearest postcode:
DE56 0TE

NGR:
SK 36363 44644 ±5m
Location details:
South of the church, near the angle in the boundary hedge.
Type

Overall type: Addition to gravestone.


Overall condition: Fair. The inscription is legible.


Description:

An addition to a headstone on a family grave. The tall limestone headstone has a pointed arch top with a chamfered border, and surmounts an oblong base with a chamfered top. The inlaid inscription is in upright capital block lettering on the 6 o'clock face of the headstone and base. The headstone is accompanied by oblong kerbs with narrow chamfers.
Components:

Component Material Height Width Depth Condition
Headstone Limestone 1290 715 100 Fair
Base Limestone 600 1000 310 Fair
Kerbs Limestone 300 2300 2600 Fair
Dimensions in millimetres ±5mm unless stated otherwise.
Inscription

IN
LOVING MEMORY OF THE
REV. WILLIAM LEEKE, M.A.
FOR 37 YEARS
THE BELOVED INCUMBENT
OF THIS PARISH.
HE CARRIED THE REGIMENTAL COLOUR OF THE
52ND. LIGHT INFANTRY AT THE BATTLE OF WATERLOO,
JUNE 18TH. 1815.
HE ENTERED INTO REST
JUNE 6TH. 1879,
AGED 81 YEARS.
"A GOOD SOLDIER OF JESUS CHRIST."
ALSO IN LOVING MEMORY OF
MARY ANNE LEEKE,
HIS WIFE,
SHE ENTERED INTO REST
NOVEMBER 20TH. 1882,
AGED 75 YEARS.
"THEY WASHED THEIR ROBES AND MADE
THEM WHITE IN THE BLOOD OF THE LAMB."
ALSO OF JANE COX, OF FRIAR GATE, DERBY,
(SISTER OF MARY ANNE LEEKE)
WHO ENTERED INTO REST MAY 9TH. 1896, AGED 85 YEARS.
ALSO OF URANIA LEEKE,
(DAUGHTER OF WILLIAM AND MARY ANNE LEEKE)
WHO ENTERED INTO REST FEBRUARY 13TH. 1906, AGED 71 YEARS.
ALSO OF EMILY LEEKE, HER SISTER,
WHO ENTERED INTO REST JULY 6TH. 1913
AGED 62 YEARS.

Conflicts and people named:
Conflict Napoleonic Wars (1799 - 1815)
(Napoleon's Hundred Days Campaign
1st March - 18th June 1815)
(Battle of Waterloo 18th June 1815)
Number died 0
Number served and returned 1
Total names 1
Administration

Custodian: Presumed to be the Leeke Family.

Local authorities:
From 1899: Holbrook Parish Council; Belper Rural District Council; Derbyshire County Council.
From 1974: Holbrook Parish Council; Amber Valley Borough Council; Derbyshire County Council.
History

1st September, 2015: The memorial was surveyed by Roy Branson and Alan Willmot. It was in fair condition.
References

Comments

This memorial does not fall within the definition of a war memorial adopted by most heritage organisations because the subject is buried in this grave, but it is included here because the wording clearly commemorates an incident of active service.
Page © Roy Branson