Derbyshire War Memorials
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Memorial Title

Lt U H E Sowter

Summary

Derbyshire War Memorials: a description of a WW1 war memorial tablet to Lt Unwin Henry Sowter at St Alkmund's Church, Duffield.
Images
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Further images may be available on request.
Locations
Last known location:
St Alkmund's Church
Church Dr
Duffield
Derbyshire
Nearest postcode:
DE56 4BA

NGR:
SK 34949 42773
(From online digital mapping.)
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Location details:
Towards the east end of the south wall of the south aisle.
Type
Overall type: Tablet.


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

Description:

A white marble tablet in a limestone frame. The plain oblong tablet has an incised inscription in upright capital block lettering coloured black. The tablet is surrounded by a plain limestone frame which has decorative embellishments above and below. At the top is a moulded cornice surmounted by a swan's neck pediment bearing acanthus leaves and swirls containing rosettes, all in low relief. At the foot is an inverted moulded cornice and a recurved panel with the badge of the Sherwood Foresters Regiment in relief at the centre and carved heads of cherubs to each side.

Glossary
Components:

Component Material Height Width Depth Condition
Tablet White marble 330 660 - Fair
Frame Limestone 990 970 145 Fair
Dimensions in millimetres ±5mm unless stated otherwise.
Inscription
IN LOVING MEMORY OF
UNWIN HENRY ETCHES SOWTER,
LIEUTENANT, THE SHERWOOD FORESTERS,
WHO DIED ON APRIL 23RD. 1917,
OF WOUNDS RECEIVED IN ACTION ON THE
PREVIOUS DAY AT ISTABULAT, MESOPOTAMIA,
AGED 24,
"GREATER LOVE HATH NO MAN THAN THIS,
THAT A MAN LAY DOWN HIS LIFE FOR HIS FRIENDS." S.JOHN XV.13.

Conflicts and people named:
Conflict First World War (1914-1919) Totals
Action Battle of Istabulat
(21 -22 April 1917)
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: Duffield Parish Council; Belper Rural District Council; Derbyshire County Council.
From 1974: Duffield Parish Council; Amber Valley Borough Council; Derbyshire County Council.
History
13 February 1967: The church was listed Grade I, Heritage List for England number 1109116.

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

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

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.
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