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Memorial Title

Lt W Meynell

Summary
Derbyshire War Memorials: a description of a Crimean War memorial to Lt William Meynell at Kirk Langley, Derbyshire.
Images
Setting Memorial Click on a thumbnail to see a larger image.
Further images may be available on request.
Locations
Last known location:
St Michael's Church
Church La
Kirk Langley
Derbyshire
Nearest postcode:
DE6 4NG

NGR:
SK 28646 38858
(From online digital mapping.)
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Location details:
The church is on the south side of the road. The memorial is inside, on the north wall of the chancel.
Type
Overall type: Tablet.


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

Description:

A wall-mounted white marble tablet on a black marble backboard. The tablet is in the style of an unfurled scroll bearing an incised inscription in upright capital roman lettering coloured black. At its head is a plain cavetto cornice and above that is a carved montage comprising four battle flags over two cannons, a fixed bayonet, a sword and the badge of the 75th (Stirlingshire) Regiment of Foot. The tablet is mounted on an oblong black marble backboard with triangular arch top, which also bears a copper medallion with a likeness of William Meynell in relief at its foot, with a further inscription to each side incised in upright capital block lettering. Mounted on the wall above the backboard is a small coat of arms carved in white marble with a black painted border. The backboard is supported by two plain oblong brackets at the foot.

Glossary
Components:

Component Material Height Width Depth Condition
Tablet White marble c1100 c640 c100 Fair
Medallion Copper 195 dia 10 Fair
Backboard Black marble c1350 820 30 Fair
Bracket x 2 Black marble 35 105 70 Fair
Coat of arms White marble c120 c120 c25 Fair
Dimensions in millimetres ±5mm unless stated otherwise.
Inscription
Tablet:
THE LIEUTENANT COLONEL
AND OFFICERS
OF H.M. 75TH. REGIMENT
TO THEIR LATE COMRADE AND BROTHER OFFICER
WILLIAM MEYNELL,
SENIOR LIEUTENANT,
WHO, A VOLUNTEER ON LEAVE
FROM HIS REGIMENT IN INDIA,
FELL GLORIOUSLY AT GUERGIVO, ON THE DANUBE
THE 7TH. DAY OF JULY 1854.
AGED 28,
WHILST GALLANTLY LEADING A PARTY OF TURKS
AGAINST THE RUSSIANS.
THIS TABLET IS ERECTED
AS A MARK OF THEIR AFFECTIONATE REGARD AND ESTEEM,
AND OF THE DEEP REGRET THEY FEEL
AT HIS UNTIMELY BUT GLORIOUS FATE.
Foot of backboard:
   THEY SAY THAT WAR IS HELL,
   BUT WHEN I SEE IT AT ITS WORST,
   AND WHEN SEE HOW NOBLE NATURES FORM
   THAT HE WHO MADE THE EARTHQUAKE
A THING IMPOSSIBLE TO BE FORGIVEN,   
I STILL FIND BLUE IN HEAVEN,   
IN THE RED RAIN OF WAR, I DEEM IT TRUE   
AND THE STORM, PERCHANCE, MADE BATTLES TOO.   

Conflicts and people named:
Conflict Crimean War (1854-1856) Totals
Action Battle of Giurgevo (7 July 1854)
Number died 1 1
Number served and returned 0 0
Total names 1 1
Administration
Custodian: Presumed to be the parochial church council

Local authorities:
From WW1: Kirk Langley Parish Council; Belper Rural District Council; Derbyshire County Council.
From 1974: Kirk Langley Parish Council; Amber Valley Borough Council; Derbyshire County Council.
History
13th February, 1967: The church was listed Grade I, Heritage List for England number 1109095.

28th June, 1995: The church lies within the Kirk Langley Conservation Area designated on that date.

25th June, 2017: The memorial was surveyed by Roy Branson. It was in fair condition.
References
Arthur Mee; Derbyshire, in the King's England series; p172: a brief reference to the memorial.
Comments
The battle location, on the banks of the River Danube, said to be Guergivo and also known as Giurgevo, is believed to be the modern town of Giurgeni in Romania.

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