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Memorial Title

Capt G Meynell VC MC

Summary
Derbyshire War Memorials: a description of a Mohmand Campaign war memorial to Capt Godfrey Meynell VC MC 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 Meynell Chapel, which is at the east end of the north aisle.
Type
Overall type: Tablet.


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

Description:

A wall-mounted nowy-headed tablet of brown and pale grey marbled alabaster with a moulded border and with two shields at the head, each within an oblong border. The left shield bears a depiction of a horse's head, the crest of the Meynell family, and the right shield bears a depiction of the Victoria Cross. The incised inscription is in upright capital roman lettering coloured black.

Glossary
Components:

Component Material Height Width Depth Condition
Tablet Alabaster 500 650 c20 Fair
Dimensions in millimetres ±5mm unless stated otherwise.
Inscription
TO THE GLORY OF GOD
AND IN THANKSGIVING FOR THE LIFE OF
CAPTAIN GODFREY MEYNELL, V.C. M.C.
ADJUTANT, Q.V.O. CORPS OF GUIDES
KILLED IN ACTION
IN MOHMAND COUNTRY
ON ST. MICHAEL AND ALL ANGELS DAY, 1935.
AGED 31.
Conflicts and people named:
Conflict Second Mohmand
Campaign (1935)
Totals
Action Battle at Nahaqi Pass
(29 Sep 1935)
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
24th May, 1936: The plaque was unveiled by Brig Gen Godfrey Meynell CMG JP, and dedicated by the Very Rev Herbert Ham MA, Provost of Derby, at a service conducted by Rev W M Leeke, vicar.

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
Derby Telegraph; 25th May, 1936; p4 col7: a description of the unveiling service and details of the plaque.
Comments
St Michael and All Angels' Day is 29th September.

The QVO Corps of Guides was the 5th Battalion (Queen Victoria's Own Corps of Guides), 12th Frontier Force Regiment

The Nahaqi Pass, also known as the Nahakki Pass, is in the North West Frontier area, now part of Pakistan. The battle took place southwest of the pass.

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