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Memorial
Title

W Downes and H Davies

Images
Setting Grave Inscription
Locations
Last known location:
St Mary and
 St Laurence's New
 Churchyard
Langwith Rd (A632)
Hillstown
Bolsover
Derbyshire
Nearest postcode:
S44 6HQ

NGR:
SK 47611 70071 ±5m
Location details:
On the northwestern edge of the cemetery. The cemetery is generally known as St Mary's New Churchyard.
Type
Overall type: Addition to gravestone.


Overall condition: Poor. The inscription is legible.

Description:

An addition to a white marble headstone on a family grave. The headstone has a nowy head with a moulded cornice and rebated and battered sides. A border of trailing ivy leaves extends around the sides and head and the inlaid inscription is in different styles of upright lettering. The headstone surmounts an oblong base and is accompanied by oblong white marble kerbstones.


Components:

Component Material Height Width Depth Condition
Headstone White marble 970 755 100 Poor
Base White marble 200 910 225 Poor
Kerbs White marble 260 c900 1880 Poor
Dimensions in millimetres ±5mm unless stated otherwise.
Inscription
Headstone: In
LOVING MEMORY OF
William Downes,
DIED AUG. 28TH. 1917,
AGED 68 YEARS.
ALSO Sarah,
HIS BELOVED WIFE
DIED MARCH 1ST. 1923,
AGED 74 YEARS.
ALSO Willis, Y. & L. REGT.
SON OF THE ABOVE
KILLED IN ACTION IN FRANCE
JULY 27TH. 1917,
AGED 39 YEARS.
ALSO Harry Davies,
SON IN LAW OF THE ABOVE
CHIEF ENGINEER OF S. S. VOSGES
KILLED BY GERMAN SUBMARINE
MARCH 27TH. 1915,
AGED 32 YEARS.
Base: "AT REST."

Conflicts and people named:
Conflict First World War (1914-1919) First World War (1914-1919)
(Civilian casualties)
Number died 1 1
Number served and returned 0 0
Total names 1 1
Administration
Custodian: Presumed to be the Downes family.

Local authorities:
From WW1: Bolsover Parish Council; Bolsover Urban District Council; Derbyshire County Council.
From 1974: Bolsover Parish Council; Bolsover District Council; Derbyshire County Council.
History
6th February, 2013: The memorial was surveyed by Roy Branson and Alan Willmot. Although the inscription was legible the overall condition was assessed as poor. The grave lies in a neglected part of the cemetery overshadowed by a mature tree; a vase and part of the kerb surround had been disturbed and ivy was beginning to encroach on the headstone.
References
Comments
The memorial lies on the rim of the Mediæval Town Defences, a monument scheduled on 8th July, 1946 and subsequently under the Ancient Monuments and Archaeological Areas Act 1979 as amended: listing reference 1007053.
Page © Roy Branson