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Memorial
Title

St Paul's Church - Cross

Images
Setting Parade Citation Unveiling
Tablet Dignitaries Several more photographs are
held on file, including some
of the rededication service.
Locations
Last known location:
St Paul's Churchyard
Church Rd
Quarndon
Derbyshire
Nearest postcode:
DE22 5JB

NGR:
SK 334 410
±5m
Location details:
Inside the churchyard but immediately adjacent to, and visible from, Church Road which is a public highway.
Type
Overall type: Cross.


Overall condition: Good. The new inscription is legible.

Description:

A Hoptonwood Limestone wheel cross on a square pedestal and three stepped base with later stainless steel plaque. The cross and tapered face of the shaft are decorated with bosses, intertwined strapwork and sinuous reptiles and fishes on the 6 o'clock face. The square pedestal has two small steps at the head and battered faces which bear the WW1 cavo rilievo inscription in upright capital block lettering on the 6 o'clock face. The square three-stepped ashlar base has vertical sides and has the WW2 cavo rilievo inscription in upright capital block lettering on the 6 o'clock face. The original inscriptions have become very difficult to read and an inclined stainless steel plaque has been added to the 6 o'clock face of the second step of the base and bears an inscription which repeats and extends the earlier ones in upright mixed case block lettering coloured black.

Components:

Component Material Height Width Depth Condition
Cross Limestone 2400 750 - Good
Pedestal Stone 600 990 - Good
Base Stone - 2110 2110 Good
Plaque Stainless steel 340 990 120 Good
Dimensions in millimetres ±5mm unless stated otherwise.
Inscription
6 o’clock face of pedestal: IN MEMORY OF NINE BRAVE MEN
OF THIS PARISH WHO OBEYING THE SUMMONS
TO FIGHT FOR THEIR COUNTRY IN THE GREAT WAR 1914-1919
ANSWERED A HIGHER CALL AND RETURNED NOT AGAIN
   WILLIAM ARTHUR BOISSIER
   HARRY BULL
   ERIC DUNSTAN
   JOSEPH HEATHCOTE
HARRY MOORCROFT
WILLIAM FREDK. PEARCE
HORACE REVITT
ERNEST GEORGE RIDE
GEORGE WINSON

AND OF THREE WHO RETURNED TO DIE
ERSKINE CROSSLEY WOUNDED IN FRANCE JULY 11 1916 DIED APL 3 1920
WILLIAM FOWKE GASSED IN FRANCE MAY 19 1918 DIED AUGUST 28 1919
ALFRED SCOTT DIED MARCH 11 1920
6 o’clock face of base: 1939-1945
WALTER EDWARD STONE
CHARLES BURTON
ERIC BROADHEAD
JOHN IRWIN
FRANCIS SALE KNIGHTON
WALTER JAFFREY
EWART HOLMES
DAVID BROWN
Plaque (heading): Quarndon War Memorial
The original inscriptions on this Memorial (now partly illegible) read as follows:
Plaque (left column): In memory of nine brave men of this parish who, obeying the summons to fight for their
country in the Great War, 1914-1919, answered a higher call and returned not again:
WILLIAM ARTHUR BOISSIER
HARRY BULL
ERIC DUNSTAN
JOSEPH HEATHCOTE
HARRY MOORCROFT
WILLIAM FREDK. PEARCE
HORACE REVITT
ERNEST GEORGE RIDE
GEORGE WINSON

And of three who returned to die:
ERSKINE CROSSLEY Wounded in France July 1916. Died April 3 1920
WILLIAM FOWKE Gassed in France May 19 1918. Died August 28 1919
ALFRED SCOTT Died March 11 1920
Plaque (right column): The Roll of Honour in the North Aisle of the Church also includes the names
of three more men who lost their lives in the 1914-1919 Great War:
FREDERICK DORELL
TOM HARNELL
REGINALD SMITH HOOD

1939-1945
WALTER EDWARD STONE
CHARLES BURTON
ERIC BROADHEAD
JOHN IRWIN
FRANCIS SALE KNIGHTON
WALTER JAFFREY
EWART HOLMES
DAVID BROWN

Conflicts and people commemorated

Conflict First World War (1914-1919) Second World War (1939-1945)
Number died 15 8
Number served and returned  0 0
Total names 15 8
Administration
Custodians:St Paul’s Parochial Church Council.

Local Authorities:
From WW1: Quarndon Parish Council; Belper Rural District Council; Derbyshire County Council.
From 1974: Quarndon Parish Council; Amber Valley Borough Council; Derbyshire County Council.
History
c1920: The memorial was constructed of limestone from the former Hopton Wood Quarry, Derbyshire by W E Lomas, formerly of King Street, Derby:

20th March, 1921: The memorial was unveiled by LtCol C Herbert-Stepney DSO and dedicated by Rev T V Southey MA, vicar.

11th June, 1950: The WW2 addition to the memorial was unveiled by Mr F Stone and dedicated by The Rt Rev Dr A E J Rawlinson, Bishop of Derby.

24th January, 1986: The memorial, together with the adjacent wall and railings, was listed Grade II, Heritage List for England reference 1158732.

24th July, 2006: The memorial was surveyed by Roy Branson. It was in good condition but the inscriptions were very difficult to read.

2010: A new plaque was funded from income from a local book originally sponsored by the Heritage Lottery Fund.

14th November, 2010: The memorial was rededicated by The Rt Revd Humphrey Southern, Bishop of Repton, following the addition of the plaque. The memorial was resurveyed by Roy Branson following the service. The memorial was in good condition.
References
Derby Telegraph; 22nd March, 1921; p6 - A report on the dedication of the WW2 addition to the memorial.

Derby Telegraph; 12th June, 1950; p12 - A report on the unveiling and dedication of the memorial.

At the Going down of the Sun. World War One Memorials; Derek Boorman  The Ebor Press, York, 1988, ISBN 1 85072 041 X, pp64-5.

Derby Telegraph; 13th November, 2010; p18 - A report on the new plaque and redication.

Derby Telegraph; 15th November, 2010; pp16-17 - A report on the new plaque and redication.

Parish Newsletter; October, 2010; - A report on the new plaque and redication.

Order of Service for the Unveiling and Dedication of the Plaque; 14th November, 2010.
Comments
The memorial has previously been described as being similar to the cross on Iona but in fact it does not closely resemble it. The overall shape of the cross and shaft is similar to that on Iona but the proportions are different and the ornamentation, pedestal and base are quite different.
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