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Horsley Woodhouse

Summary

Derbyshire War Memorials: a description of a war memorial at Horsley Woodhouse Recreation Ground, Derbyshire.
Images
Setting Monument WW1 tablet WW2 tablet Post WW2 tablet Click on a thumbnail to see a larger image.
Further images may be available on request.
Locations
Last known location:
Sitwell Memorial
 Recreation Ground
Calladine La
Horsley Woodhouse
Derbyshire
Nearest postcode:
DE7 6AT

NGR:
SK 39850 44861 ±5m
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Location details:
The recreation ground is accessed from an un-named track off Calladine Lane at its junction with Main St and Church La. The memorial is just inside the gate, on the left.

Previous location:
Sitwell Memorial
 Recreation Ground
Calladine La
Horsley Woodhouse
Derbyshire
Nearest postcode:
DE7 6AT

NGR:
SK 39846 44846 ±5m
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Location details:
The recreation ground is accessed from an un-named track off Calladine Lane at its junction with Main St and Church La. The memorial was just inside the gate, on the right.
Type
Overall type: Recreation ground.


Overall condition: Fair. The inscription is legible and the memorial is cared for.

Description:

A recreation ground accompanied by a granite memorial. The recreation ground is laid out with football pitches, children's playground equipment and a scout hut. The monument originally comprised an oblong polished black granite tablet with a rounded top, on a freestanding roughly dressed granite backboard, also with a rounded top. The tablet bears a gilded incised inscription in upright capital block lettering.

Subsequently two recumbent tablets have been added with WW2 and post-WW2 dedications. They each comprise an oblong polished black granite tablet on a roughly dressed granite backboard with inscriptions in a similar style to that of WW1.

The whole monument surmounts a concrete base.

Glossary
Components:

Component Material Height Width Depth Condition
Recreation ground Land c1.7ha - - Fair
Tablet Black granite 1100 600 30 Fair
Backboard Granite 1300 700 210 Fair
Tablet Black granite 575 595 c20 Fair
Backboard Granite 820 700 230 Fair
Tablet Black granite 420 330 15 Fair
Backboard Granite 550 435 180 Fair
Base Concrete 350 2380 2380 Fair
Dimensions in millimetres ±5mm unless stated otherwise.
Inscription
Freestanding WW1 tablet:
THIS
RECREATION GROUND
WAS GIVEN TO THE
PARISH OF HORSLEY WOODHOUSE
IN MEMORY OF THE FOLLOWING PARISHIONERS
WHO GAVE THEIR LIVES FOR THEIR COUNTRY
IN THE WAR OF 1914 – 1918
LIEUT J S WILMOT-SITWELL
CORP THOMAS MARSHAL
LCE CORP CHARLES CANNER
SAPPER WILLIS ANNABLE
SAPPER SIDNEY DANIELS
PTE F ATTENBOROUGH
PTE GEORGE BEARDSLEY
PTE GEORGE BOOTH
SAPPER WILLIAM DUNN
SEAMAN THOMAS GREEN
PTE WALTER HALL
PTE JOHN SUTTON
COLDSTREAM GUARDS
RIFLE BRIGADE
YORKSHIRE LIGHT INFANTRY
ROYAL ENGINEERS
ROYAL ENGINEERS
LINCOLNSHIRE REGIMENT
NOTTS & DERBY REGIMENT
NORTHAMPTON REGIMENT
ROYAL ENGINEERS
ROYAL NAVAL DIVISION
SOUTH STAFFORDSHIRE REGIMENT
SOUTH STAFFORDSHIRE REGIMENT

Recumbent WW2 tablet:
THIS FURTHER INSCRIPTION
COMMEMORATES THOSE
WHO GAVE THEIR LIVES IN THE
SECOND WORLD WAR 1939 - 1945
CECIL BARDILL
KENNETH CARDIN
RONALD CHAMBERS
GODFREY VERDEN DOVE
FREDERICK N WESTON
WILLIAM WHITE
FLIGHT ENGINEER R.A.F.
A.B. ROYAL NAVY.
PTE. SHERWOOD FORESTERS.
PTE. SUFFOLK REGT.
SPR. ROYAL ENGINEERS.
CPL. SHERWOOD FORESTERS.

Recumbent post-WW2 tablet:
REMEMBERING THOSE WHO
HAVE DIED IN THE SERVICE
OF THEIR COUNTRY SINCE 1945
SIDNEY PARKER
GUNNER ROYAL ARTILLERY
DIED 22ND MARCH 1948 AGE 29
GEORGE NICHOLSON
ACTING PILOT OFFICER R.A.F.
DIED 19TH JUNE 1953 AGE 22

Conflicts and people named:
Conflict First World War (1914-1919) Second World War (1939-1945) Non-combat death in service Totals
Action Unspecified
Number died 12 7 1 20
Number served and returned  0 0 0  0
Total names 12 7 1 20
Administration
Custodian: Believed to be Horsley Woodhouse Parish Council.

Local authorities:
From WW1: Horsley Woodhouse Parish Council, Belper Rural District Council; Derbyshire County Council.
From 1974: Horsley Woodhouse Parish Council, Amber Valley Borough Council; Derbyshire County Council.
History
c1919: The field was given to Horsley Woodhouse Parish Council by Mr E S Wilmot-Sitwell for use as a memorial recreation ground.

January 1920: The freestanding tablet was erected south of the entrance gate by Mr E S Wilmot-Sitwell.

1940s: The WW2 tablet was added.

Unknown date (after 1959): The monument was moved from south of the gate to north of the gate.

1992: The memorial was renovated.

27th August, 2008: The memorial was surveyed by Roy Branson and Alan Willmot. It was in fair condition.

Autumn 2011: The post-WW2 tablet was added by Horsley Woodhouse Parish Council.

17th April, 2017: The memorial was resurveyed by Roy Branson . It was in fair condition although some of the lettering on the recumbent tablets was beginning to accumulate dust.
References
Derbyshire Advertiser, 16th January 1920 p11 col5: A brief report on the provision, by Mr E S Wilmot-Sitwell, of the field and tablet.

Derby Telegraph, 7th August 1992: A report on the refurbishment.

Derby Telegraph, 16th November 2011: A report on the provision of the post-1945 tablet.

Belper News, 24th November 2011: A report on the provision of the post-1945 tablet.
Comments
Gnr Sidney Parker died in 1948 from an illness contracted whilst serving in the Far East during WW2.

Acting PO George Nicholson was killed in 1953 in a flying accident during his training.

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