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Memorial Title

Duffield - Cross

Summary

Derbyshire War Memorials: a description of a WW1 and WW2 war memorial cross at Duffield.
Images
Setting Memorial 6 o'clock inscription. 9 o'clock inscription 12 o'clock inscription 3 o'clock inscription Click on a thumbnail to see a larger image.
Further images may be available on request.
Locations
Last known location:
Traffic roundabout
Church Dr
Duffield
Derbyshire
Nearest postcode:
DE56 4BA

NGR:
SK 34898 42806 ±5m
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Location details:
In the middle of the turning circle at the eastern end of Church Dr.
Type
Overall type: Cross.


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

Description:

A Derbyshire gritstone monument comprising a latin cross on a pedestal and base.

The tapered shaft of the cross rests on a vertical-sided oblong plinth which has foliage and geometric designs around the top and vertical recesses on each face. This surmounts a battered oblong pedestal with canted corners and hollowed upper edges, which originally bore the inscriptions and WW1 names on its faces. Below the pedestal is an oblong three-stepped base, the upper step of which is deeper and bears an inscription on its 6 o'clock face in upright capital roman cavo-rilievo lettering. The memorial was originally surrounded by a chain supported on fifteen stone pillars.

At a later date bronze plaques bearing WW1 and WW2 names were added over the original inscriptions and later again these were replaced by stone tablets bearing the present inscriptions and names incised in upright capital block lettering coloured black. At some point the surrounding chains and posts were removed and recently a mild steel rail has been added to the second step to facilitate the placement of tributes. There is a granite block attached to the bottom step bearing the Royal British Legion inscription and with a recess in the top, probably to hold flowers.

Glossary
Components:

Component Material Height Width Depth Condition
Cross Gritstone 2950 840 230 Fair
Plinth Gritstone 880 465 350 Fair
Pedestal Gritstone 885 1170 1050 Fair
Base Gritstone 705 2870 2760 Fair
Railing Stone, metal - - - Lost
Plaque x 4 Bronze - - - Lost
Tablet x 4 Gritstone 760 755 80 Lost
Rail Mild steel 290 2205 2115 Fair
Dimensions in millimetres ±5mm unless stated otherwise.
Inscription
6 o'clock face: 9 o'clock face:
TO THE GLORY OF GOD
IN MEMORY OF THE MEN OF
THIS PARISH WHO GAVE
THEIR LIVES IN THE
1914-18 AND 1939-45 WARS

THE GLORY DIES NOT
ROLL OF HONOUR 1914-1918 WAR
JOSEPH ALLEN
ELLIS ASHMORE
W. GEOFFREY BARBER
ARTHUR F. BENTLEY
FREDERICK BUTLER
JACK BUTLER
JOHN REYNOLDS CASH
WILLIAM ERIC CASH
DANIEL CLARKE
JOHN COLLYER
SYDNEY COOPER
ERSKINE A. CROSSLEY
BERNARD S. DAVIS
THOMAS DAVIS
S. ALBERT DAY
EDWARD C. DICKENS
SAMUEL FORD
ALBERT GARTON
SAMUEL GARTON
ARTHUR GLADWIN
ARTHUR GREAVES
GEOFFREY M. GREAVES

12 o'clock face: 3 o'clock face:
ROLL OF HONOUR 1914-1918 WAR ROLL OF HONOUR 1939-1945 WAR
ARTHUR G. P. HEYWARD
CHARLES H. JONES
FREDERICK JORDAN
LEONARD KILLER
REGINALD T. MILES
JOHN MOSELEY
JOHN R. PITMAN
ERNEST R. POTTS
GEORGE W. SNEAP
GEOFFREY G. SOWTER
U. HENRY E. SOWTER
ARTHUR SMITH
GEOFFREY L. J. SMITH
GRANVILLE K. F. SMITH
GRANVILLE F. R. SMITH
MAURICE STONE
GUY TITLEY
ARTHUR H. WESTNIDGE
WILLIAM S. WESTNIDGE
ALBERT WINTER
HAROLD W, WRIGHT
CYRIL J. BRIDGES
ROBERT CRUIKSHANK
JOHN P. W. H. DAVIS
MAURICE EDWARD FORD
MAJOR FORD
AINSLEY GOODWIN
WILLIAM HICKLING
EDWARD HIVES
ERIC HORTON
RONALD H. JONES
REGINALD KINDER
PETER LEE
JOHN MARTIN
FREDERICK JOHN PAYNE
DANIEL WILLIAM POWELL
NORMAN SMITH
GORDON TAYLOR
ALFRED TURTON
PETER WALTON
MAURICE A. WOODWARD

Vase:
Conflicts and people named:
Conflict First World War (1914-1919) Second World War (1939-1945) Totals
Action
Number died 43 20 63
Number served and returned  0  0  0
Total names 43 20 63
BRITISH LEGION
DUFFIELD BRANCH
"WE REMEMBER."
Administration
Custodian: Duffield Parish Council.

Local authorities:
From WW1: Duffield Parish Council; Belper Rural District Council; Derbyshire County Council.
From 1974: Duffield Parish Council; Amber Valley Borough Council; Derbyshire County Council.
History
c1920: The memorial was procured by a committee comprising Ald R Waite JP (chairman), Miss Miles, Mrs Simpson, Mrs G Sowter, Rev G A Causton MA, Dr H A Mason, Messrs A Ashmore, G J Binns, J Bowmer, A Hingley jnr, George Johnson, Leonard Knifton, H O Moore, J R Naylor, W J Newbould, W Westnidge, W Woore and A J Cash (hon sec and treasurer). It was designed free of charge by Naylor and Sale, Architects of Derby, and constructed by E Brownson and Son, contractors of Ashby Rd, Spilsby, Lincolnshire.

1st May, 1921: The memorial was unveiled by Adm Sir Frederick Inglefield KCB and dedicated by Rev F W Eddison MA, late chaplain of the 5th Sherwood Foresters..

November 1947: Four bronze plaques were added to the memorial. They were unveiled by Col H H Lilly, former commander of the 1/5th Battn, Sherwood Foresters.

Unknown date: The surrounding posts and chain were removed.

Unknown date: The bronze plaques were removed and replaced by gritstone tablets.

13th September, 1978: The memorial lies within the Duffield Bank Conservation Area designated on that date.

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

2006: The metal rail was added around the memorial to facilitate the laying of wreaths.

30th October, 2007: The memorial was surveyed by Roy Branson. It was in fair condition and cared for.

21st February, 2017: The memorial was surveyed by Roy Branson and Alan Willmot. It was in fair condition and cared for although some natural cracks had appeared in the stonework..
References
Derby Telegraph, 27th March 1920, p7: a report on the parish council decision to provide a memorial cross outside the church.

Derby Telegraph, 2nd May 1921, p3: a full report on the unveiling ceremony.

Derbyshire Advertiser and Journal, 7th May 1921, p11: a full report on the unveiling ceremony.

Derby Telegraph, 11th May 1921, p3: a report on the parish council meeting regarding the council's acceptance of responsibility for the memorial.

Derby Telegraph, 10th November 1947, p4: a brief report on the unveiling ceremony for the bronze ploaques.

Duffield Parish Council, 12 September 2006, minutes 44, resolution 248 regarding improvements to the war memorial.
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