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Memorial Title

St Helen's Church

Summary

Derbyshire War Memorials: a description of a war memorial cross in St Helen's Churchyard at Pinxton, Derbyshire..
Images

Setting

General view of memorial
Memorial WW1 WW2 WW2 WW2 WW2 WW2 WW2

Plaques on pedestal.
Memorial WW1

Plaques on side walls.
Locations

Last known location:
St Helen's Churchyard
Park La
Pinxton
Derbyshire
Nearest postcode:
NG16 6PS

NGR:
SK 45393 55016 ±5m
Location details:
In the middle of the churchyard, southeast of the church.
Type

Overall type: Cross.


Overall condition: Fair. The inscription is legible


Description:

Originally a Cornish granite cross but flanking walls were subsequently added and the inscriptions were later covered by brass plaques.

The potent wheel cross has chamfered limbs and fleurs-de-lys on each quadrant and surmounts a shaft with base and capital. The square capital has a Christograph in relief on the 6 o'clock face, the tapered octagonal shaft has delicate carvings in bands near the head and foot and the base is octagonal with mouldings at the top. The shaft surmounts an octagonal pedestal with chamfered top, which originally had the incised inscription on the faces in upright capital lettering infilled in black. The pedestal surmounts a moulded octagonal plinth and a plain octagonal three-stepped base.

Subsequently the cross was flanked by two polygonal walls of random coursed stone. At the eastern end of the northern wall was set a further panel, probably a stone tablet with an incised inscription in upright capital lettering.

Later all of the inscriptions were covered with brass plaques and a further plaque was added at the eastern end of the southern wall. Each of these ten oblong plaques has a raised border, a black ground, a raised depiction of a poppy wreath and an inscription in raised upright block lettering, mostly capitals.
Components:

Component Material Height Width Depth Condition
Cross Granite c1250 c800 c150 Fair
Pillar Granite 2680 250 250 Fair
Pillar base Granite 200 550 550 Fair
Pedestal Granite 620 800 800 Fair
Pedestal plinth Granite 210 1100 1100 Fair
Three-step base Granite 520 2800 2800 Fair
Plaque x 8 Brass 310 260 15 Good
Wall x 2 Stone 1460 11600 420 Fair
Plaque x 2 Brass 460 610 15 Good
Dimensions in millimetres ±5mm unless stated otherwise.
Inscription

Plaque on 6 o'clock face of pedestal: Plaque on 7 o'clock face of pedestal: Plaque on 9 o'clock face of pedestal:
IN
GRATEFUL MEMORY OF
THE MEN FROM THIS
PARISH WHO FELL
IN THE GREAT WAR.
1914 - 1919
“AT THE GOING DOWN OF
THE SUN AND IN THE
MORNING WE WILL
REMEMBER.”
IRISH GUARDS
Lt. L. S. COKE.
GRENADIER GUARDS
Pte. W. LANE.
Pte. J. H. UPTON.
Pte. J. W. GREGORY.
ROYAL ENGINEERS
Cpl. W. BARKER.
Spr. P. NAYLOR
Cpl. N. ANTHONY. R.A.M.C.
Pte. S. M. BINGLEY. M.C.C..
Pte. J. BUTLER. K.S.L.I.
Pte. H. CLARIDGE. O & B.L.I.
Pte. A. E. DONNELLY. SCOT. R.
Pte. T. L. FAULKNER. R.A.F.
Pte. H. LINES. N.S.R..
Pte. T. NOAKES. K.O.Y.L.I.
Pte. J. SEARSON. Y.W.R.I.
Pte. B. SMITH. A.P.C.
Pte. R. WILSON. R.M.L.I.
C. DUTTON. R.N.

Plaque on 11 o'clock face of pedestal: Plaque on 12 o'clock face of pedestal: Plaque on 1 o'clock face of pedestal:
ROYAL WARWICKS
Sgt. R. H. LANE. M. Medal.
Pte. W. E. SLATER.
ROYAL FIELD ARTILLERY
Dvr. R. JESSOP. M. Medal.
Dvr. J. PRITCHETT.
Dvr. F. E. SHAWCROFT.
CANADIANS
Pte. H. H. BINGHAM.
Pte. F. HILL.
ROYAL FUSILIERS
2nd. Lt. H. MARSH.
Pte. A. HOTEN.
NORTHUMBERLAND
FUSILIERS
Sgt. S. WINFIELD. M. Medal
Cpl. S. MATKIN.
L. Cpl. R. STREET.
Pte. G. W. DAY.
KINGS ROYAL RIFLES
Pte. E. C. LEATHERLAND.
Pte. F. SHARMAN.
ROYAL WELSH FUSILIERS
Sgt. W. RIGBY.
Sgt. E ROHUN.
Sgt. B. TAYLOR.
Pte. A. DYE.
Pte. D. EDSON.
Pte. A. GELL.
Pte. A. HOTEN.
Pte. W. E. LUDLAM.
Pte. H. PARNHAM.
Pte. J. PRITCHARD.
Pte. F. RODGERS.
Pte. B STOCKS.
Pte. H. WATSON.

Plaque on 3 o'clock face of pedestal: Plaque on 5 o'clock face of pedestal:
LEICESTER Rgt
Sgt. T. E. AMOS.
Pte. W. BURROWS.
Pte. J. H. SAVAGE.
Pte. J. H. TRUEMAN.
LINCOLNSHIRE Rgt
Pte. G. GLOVER.
Pte. H. SMITH.
Pte. A. WATSON.
Pte. E. WHITEHEAD.
NOTTS and DERBY Rgt
L. Cpl. H. BYE.
L. Cpl. A. ELLIOTT.
L. Cpl. J. W. POLLOCK.
Pte. A. M. ALLSOP.
Pte. T. A. BROOKS.
Pte. J. L. BURNELL.
Pte. H. COOPER.
Pte. C. CRAM.
Pte. W. CUTTS.
Pte. A EVANS.
Pte. W. H. MILLS.
Pte. D. REVILL.
Pte. J. J. REVILL.
Pte. W. SNOWDEN.
Pte. H. STEVENS.
Pte. T. M. WOOD.
Pte. J. T. WARD.

Plaque on north wall:
1918 to 1939
            G. GILBOURNE.
1945
            F. W. HENSON.
            E. SMITH.
    J. T. RENSHAW.
    C. ANTHONY.
"LEST WE FORGET, ALL THOSE WHO HAVE FALLEN
TELL THEM OF US"

Plaque on south wall:
1939 to 1945
            G. BRETTON.
            T. A. BUTLER.
            W. CLARKE.
            H. O. COOPER.
            E. GENT.
            S. HUSKINSON.
            A. JONES.
            D. LAURANCE.
            E. MILLINGTON.
            S. SEVERNS.
    S. RHODES.
    V. SLATER.
    B. H. STEPHENSON.
    E. SMITH.
    J. SYDALL.
    J. TRYNER.
    G. T. TRUSWELL.
    H. VALE.
    R. R. WALTERS.
    E. WETTON.
    A. WILSON.
“FALLEN IN THE CAUSE OF THE FREE”

Conflicts and people named:
Conflict First World War (1914-1919) Second World War (1939-1945) Unspecified conflict
Number died 71 21 5
Number served and returned  0  0 0
Total names 71 21 5
Administration

Custodian: Presumed to be the Parochial Church Council.

Local authorities:
From WW1: Pinxton Parish Council. Blackwell Rural District Council, Derbyshire County Council.
From 1974: Pinxton Parish Council. Bolsover District Council; Derbyshire County Council.
History

Summer 1920: The cross was procured and erected.

8th October,1920: The cross was unveiled by Maj George Coke Robertson, of Widmerpool Hall, formerly of the 17th Lancers, and dedicated by Rt Rev Charles Abraham, Bishop Suffragan of Derby, assisted by Rev S Coke, Rector of St Helen's Church.

April 1922: The cross was blown over by strong winds and the shaft was broken.

Autumn 1922: The cross was re-erected.

1965: Flanking walls were built by Mr Alan Thomlin and Mr Andrew Thomlin and provided with additional tablets.

October 1965: The additional tablets were unveiled by Mrs Nicholson and Mrs Millington and dedicated by Rev Gwyther.

Autumn 2006: The brass plaques were added.

8th October 2006: The memorial was rededicated.

17 December 2007: The memorial was listed Grade II, Heritage List for England number 1392335.

6th November 2013: The memorial was surveyed by Roy Branson and Alan Willmot. It was in fair condition.
References

Pinxton's Heroes, by J Taylor, S Berrill, J Meredith and D Pryor ARPS, Published by J Taylor, Undated, ISBN 978 0 9560945 0 6 contains a history of the memorial and biographies of those commemorated, with many photographs.

The Picture the Past website has a photograph probably taken in the early 1920s.
Comments

Page © Roy Branson