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Employees of John Smedley Ltd - WW1 Tablet

Summary

Derbyshire War Memorials: a description of a WW1 war memorial tablet to the employees of John Smedley Ltd at Lea Mills, Lea Bridge, Derbyshire.
Images
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Further images may be available on request.
Locations
Last known location:
Roadside
Lea Mills,
Lea Rd
Lea Bridge
Derbyshire
Nearest postcode:
DE4 5AG

NGR:
SK 31864 56441
(From online digital mapping.)
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Location details:
On the western side of the road, to the north of the main entrance to the mill premises.

Previous location:
Roadside
Office Building (redundant)
Lea Rd
Lea Bridge
Derbyshire
Nearest postcode:
DE4 5AG

NGR:
SK 31871 56412
(From online digital mapping.)
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Location details:
On the eastern side of the road, to the north of the main entrance to the former offices, underneath the accommodation bridge.
Type
Overall type: Tablet.


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

Description:

An oblong wall-mounted grey slate tablet with a moulded border and three decorative limestone brackets. The inscription is incised in upright, mainly capital, roman lettering coloured white with the names arranged in two columns.

Glossary
Components:

Component Material Height Width Depth Condition
Tablet Slate 775 2040 45 Fair
Brackets Limestone 65 140 45 Fair
Dimensions in millimetres ±5mm unless stated otherwise.
Inscription



Left column:
IN MEMORY OF THE MEN WHO WENT FROM LEA MILLS
AND DIED FOR THEIR COUNTRY IN THE GREAT WAR 1914 – 1918
L/CPL. HUBERT PETTS
ST. ELOI
10TH. SHERWOOD FORESTERS
MARCH 3RD. 1916
PTE. ARTHUR BROWN
NEUVILLE ST. ELOI
1/6TH. SHERWOOD FORESTERS
APRIL 17TH. 1916
L/CPL. WILFRED KEELING
CONTALMAISON
10TH. SHERWOOD FORESTERS
JULY 7TH. 1916
SERGT. FRED FOX
ARRAS
5TH. DORSETS
AUG. 5TH.TH. 1916
PTE. JOSIAH FLETCHER
DOULLENS
1/6TH. SHERWOOD FORESTERS
SEPT. 3RD. 1916

Right column:

PTE. BERTRAM SHELDON
ST. ELOI

1/6TH. SHERWOOD FORESTERS
OCT 8TH. 1916
PTE. HARRY ALFRED THORPE
THIEPVAL
1/6TH. SHERWOOD FORESTERS
OCT 9TH. 1916
PTE. JOHN WILLIAM POYSER
BEAUMONT HAMEL
6TH. YORK & LANCASTERS
JAN. 17TH. 1917
PTE. CHARLES FRANCIS HOLMES
TINCOURT
10TH. K.O. YORKS L. INF.
FEB. 6TH. 1918
PTE. FRED GREGORY
AIRE
18TH. WELSH REGT.
DEC. 24TH. 1918
"They were a wall unto us both by night and by day."

Conflicts and people named:
Conflict First World War (1914-1919) Totals
Action Unspecified
Number died 10 10
Number served and returned  0  0
Total names 10 10
Administration
Custodian: Presumed to be John Smedley Ltd

Local authorities:
From WW1: Dethick Lea and Holloway Parish Council, Belper Rural District Council; Derbyshire County Council.
From 1974: Dethick Lea and Holloway Parish Council, Amber Valley Borough Council; Derbyshire County Council.
History and Conservation
January 1921: The memorial was erected.

Unknown date: The memorial lies within the Dethick Lea and Holloway Conservation Area.

December 2001: The memorial lies within the Derwent Valley Mills World Heritage Site inscribed in that month.

26th August, 2010: The memorial was surveyed by Roy Branson and Alan Willmot. It was in fair condition and cared for.

Spring 2016: The buildings to the east of the road were vacated by the company and the memorial was removed prior to the property being put on the market.

9th November, 2016: The memorial was installed on the face of the building on the west side of the road.

26th July, 2017: The memorial was surveyed by Roy Branson and Alan Willmot. It was in fair condition and cared for.
References
Derbyshire Courier; 22nd January 1921, p8: a brief report on the installation.

For Your Tomorrows ...; George Wigglesworth: a local publication describing several war memorials in the area, with some biographies.
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