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Memorial
Title
Herbert Strutt School - WW2 Library
Summary
A description and report of a WW2 war memorial at Herbert Strutt School comprising a library created in an existing room with oak panelling, a stained glass window and a dedicatory board with names.
Images
Library thumbnail Board thumbnail Window thumbnail There are two further photographs of the panelling on file.
Locations
Last known location:
Strutts Centre
Derby Rd (A6)
Belper
Derbyshire
Nearest postcode:
DE56 1UU

NGR:
SK 34682 46962 (±5m)
Location details:
On the first floor of the centre, formerly the Herbert Strutt School.
Type
Overall type: Room.


Overall condition:  Good. The inscription is legible.

Description:

A library created in an existing room and comprising oak panelling with a dedicatory board, and a stained glass window. The gilded inscription is in upright capital roman lettering.
Components:

Component Material Height Width Depth Condition
Library - - - - Good
Panelling Oak - - - Good
Board Oak 1270 850 30 Good
Dimensions in millimetres ±5mm unless stated otherwise.
Inscription
THEIR NAMES SHALL LIVE
FOR EVERMORE

ARNOLD GEOFFREY BEASTALL
PHILIP GEORGE BOWMER
NEVILLE ROLLINSON BRADSHAW
WILLIAM CHARLES BROSTER
VINCENT CYRIL BROWN
WILLIAM DONALD CAPEWELL
JOHN COWPER CHEETHAM
BRIAN NEVILLE CHISNALL
HAROLD ARTHUR CLARK
HARRY COOPER
VERNON CRESSWELL
JOHN ROBERT FELL
WILFRED HARRY FLANDERS
FREDERICK ARTHUR HADLEY
JOHN JOSEPH HOLMES
SIDNEY SWINSON HUNT
ARTHUR MILES JACKSON
PHILIP HENRY JOHNSON
RICHARD K. H. JOHNSON
FRANK HERBERT LOWNDES
CHARLES EDWIN PARKIN
DEREK POUNDALL
WILLIAM ROWELL
DOUGLAS HOLLAND SEALE
HERBERT SHAW
ALBERT RICHARD STEEPLES
PETER MYTTON THORNYCROFT
JOHN KENNETH MURREY WATT
CHARLES JOHN WILKINS
ELIZABETH JANET WILKINS

1939 - 1945
Conflicts and people commemorated

Conflict Second World War (1939-1945)
Number died 30
Number served and returned 0
Total names 30
Administration
Custodians:  The custodians of the memorial are the Guardians of Strutts.

Local Authorities:  Post 1974 local authorities are Belper Town Council, Amber Valley Borough Council and Derbyshire County Council.
History
c1950: The library was designed by Mr Leonard Holmes ARIBA under Mr F Hamer Crossley ARIBA, County Architect, Derbyshire County Council.

c1950: The former dining room was rebuilt by Gee, Walker and Slater to create the library.

14th February, 1951: The library was opened by Mr W G Briggs, former Director of Education, Derbyshire County Council, and the board was unveiled by Mr Arthur Strutt, Chairman of the School Governors and President of the Old Boys' and Girls' Association.  The memorial had cost about £1500, of which nearly £600 had been raised by the Old Boys' and Girls' Association, the balance being met by the Derbyshire County Council Education Committee.

Unknown date: The school was designated as a grammar school.

1973: The school was reorganised as a middle school.

13th December, 1979: The building was listed Grade II, Heritage List for England number 1349048.

1986: The school was reorganised as a primary school.

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

16th July, 2003: The building lies within the Belper and Milford Conservation Area amalgamated on that date.

2007: The school closed and the building became redundant.

Unknown date: The building was taken over and established as a community centre.

22nd June, 2012: The memorial was surveyed by Roy Branson and Alan Willmot.
References
The Picture the Past website has a photograph of cadets saluting in front of the board at the unveiling in 1951.

The Picture the Past website has a photograph of the library in use c1960s.

The Belper Research website has an inaccurate namelist.
Comments

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