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Memorial Title

Creswell

Summary

Derbyshire War Memorials: a description of a war memorial statue at Creswell.
Images
Setting Memorial Statue 6 o'clock face 3 o'clock face Click on a thumbnail to see a larger image.
Further images may be available on request.
Locations
Last known location:
Roadside garden
Elmton Rd
Creswell
Derbyshire
Nearest postcode:
S80 4BH

NGR:
SK 52224 74137 ±5m
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Location details:
At the junction with Colliery Rd.
Type
Overall type: Statue.


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

Description:

A white marble sculpture of a life-sized uniformed soldier on a tall square white marble pedestal and base.

The soldier is standing in front of a rock and is wearing WW1 service dress with ammunition pouches, gas mask bag, infantry puttees, steel helmet and with a rifle slung over his left shoulder. The statue surmounts a white marble moulded capstone, a square battered pedestal, a moulded plinth and a two-step base. It is located on a two-step concrete foundation with eight marble bollards linked by a chain to form a surrounding railing. The WW1 inscription was originally inlaid on the 6 o'clock face of the pedestal with the names in two columns, and the maker's name inlaid on the back of the base.

Subsequently WW2 and Korean War commemorations were inlaid on the 3 o'clock face. At a later date the 6, 9 and 3 o'clock faces were refaced with polished black granite with gilded inscriptions and names incised in upright capital block lettering. A small black granite tablet has also been added to the 6 o'clock face of the steps bearing a gilded commemoration in upright capital roman lettering.

Glossary
Components:

Component Material Height Width Depth Condition
Statue White marble c1750 c550 c550 Fair
Capstone White marble 200 920 920 Fair
Pedestal White marble 1350 720 720 Fair
Plinth White marble 150 920 920 Fair
Base White marble 420 1220 1220 Fair
Foundation Concrete 300 3060 3060 Fair
Bollard x 8 White marble 200 920 920 Fair
Tablet
(6 o'clock face)
Black granite 1325 740 20 Fair
Tablet
(9 o'clock face)
Black granite 1325 750 20 Fair
Tablet
(3 o'clock face)
Black granite 1325 720 20 Fair
Tablet
(Steps)
Black granite 280 355 20 Fair
Dimensions in millimetres ±5mm unless stated otherwise.
Inscription
6 o'clock face: 3 o'clock face:
SACRED TO THE MEMORY OF THE
BRAVE MEN OF THIS PARISH
WHO FELL IN THE GREAT WAR 1914 - 1919
"MAY THEY REST IN PEACE"
ALSO THE 1939 - 1945 WAR
PTE.A. ALLARDICEOMS.J. HEATH
 "WG ALLENPTE.R. HEPWORTH
L.CPL.J. BACONSGT.J. V. HOOMAN
PTEC. BAGSHAWEPTE.H. HURFORD
PTE.A. E. BANTONSGT.F. JACKSON
SGTW. BATESPTE.A. JEPHSON F. BARLOWN. RUSS
PTE.J. BELLIMOREL.CPL.A. JOHNSON E. BUDWORTHA. SOAR
L.CPL.C. BENNETTSGT.W. JONES D BROWNJ. STARBROOK
PTE.A. BENNETTPTE.E. KING T. BRIGGSR. STOTHARD
 "J. B. BILSON "G. W. KIRK W. H. BENTLEYT. SHEPHERD
 "W. BIRCH "W. LEVERTON A. GIBSONJ. V. STRETTON
L.CPL.A. BIRCUMSHAW "J. LEWIS W. HEMMINGRAYA. VAUGHAN
PTE.C. BLACKBURNCPL.F. LIMB E. HUCKERBY-HIGHFIELDK. WARD
RFLN.G. BOOTHSGT.H. LONG R. JONESH. WHEATLEY
SGT.G. BOOTHPTE.S. MALLINDER H. KEETONJ. WEST
PTE.A. BULLAS "H. MOSLEY H. MALPASSL. WAPLINGTON
 "S. BULLOCK "R. MORRIS J. MELLISHR. WILDGOOSE
 "A. BURGINCPL.T. MILNER J. PARKERG. WOOD
 "J. H. BRANNONBDR.W. MILNER A. PIGOTTR. NEWTON
SPR.F. CHAMBERSPTE.P. NASH K. HARBOTTLER. SOUTH
L.CPL.S CLARKESGT.H. NEILD C. COWLEYB. WHITEHEAD
SGT.J. G. CHURCHPTE.C. NORMAN
PTE.V. CLARKEGNR.C. POPE
 "T. CLARKEPTE.J. PRYOR
 "T. CLIFFORD "A. QUARTLEY
 "J. T. DARBY "L. REYNOLDS "GREATER LOVE HATH NO MAN"
 "J. H. DAYKIN "J. ROBERTS
 "W. DENNIS "G. RYLES
SIG.G. DINNCPL.W. SAUDERSON 1953 R. HIGHAM (KOREA)
PTE.W. DOXEYPTE.J. SHARPE 1917 E. FOX   WW1 
 "D. EDGERDMR.W. SHAW   J. MILNER   " 
L.CPL.W. ENGLANDSGT.W. SMITH
PTE.W. FISHERPTE.S. SMITH
 "P. FREEMANCPL.S. STREETS
L.CPL.P. FRETWELLSTR.W. H. TIMMONS
PTE.M. GOODCHILDSGT.F. VARLEY
CPL.C. H. GOODWIN "R. WADE
PTE.A. GREGORYGNR.G. WADE
SPR.W. GREGORYPTE.T. W. WARD
PTE.E. GRIFFENGNR.G. W. WARDLEY
 "S. H. GRUNDYPTE.J. WHEATLEY
L.CPL.J. T. HALLAM "A. WHITE
DVR.R. HARDWICK "A. E. WHITWORTH
PTE.R. HANCOCK "J. E. YOUNG
L.CPL..J. H. HASLAM "A. E. BELL
PTE..F. DIXON "J. M. MOORE

Tablet on steps: Back of base:
WHEN YOU GO HOME
TELL THEM OF US AND SAY
FOR YOUR TOMORROW
WE GAVE OUR TODAY
BORROWDALE
SCULPTOR
WORKSOP

Conflicts and people named:
Conflict First World War (1914-1919) Second World War (1939-1945) Korean War (1950-1953) Totals
Action
Number died 94 32 1 127
Number served and returned  0  0 0  0
Total names 94 32 1 127
Administration
Custodian: Presumed to be Elmton with Creswell Parish Council.

Local authorities:
From WW1: Elmton* Parish Council; Clowne Rural District Council; Derbyshire County Council.
From 1974: Elmton with Creswell* Parish Council; Bolsover District Council; Derbyshire County Council.
(*It's unclear when the formal name change took place. Elmton with Creswell was used as a placename from the 19th century but the civil parish name of Elmton was used alone on OS maps and council documents until quite recently.)
History
July 1920: The Creswell War Memorial Committee, (chairman Dr W T Wood, treasurer Mr W T Jones) decided to erect a marble broken column and flag to be constructed by Mr A Barrowdale of Worksop at a cost exceeding £400. A site had not been chosen but a funding appeal was opened.

30th November, 1920: Creswell Parish Council agreed to accept the transfer of land for the site of the memorial "above the Wesleyan Chapel". The land, on the corner of Elmton Rd and Colliery Rd had been promised by the Bolsover Colliery Co and would be given by the Duke of Portland. The memorial would be an Italian marble figure on a pedestal.

1st March 1921: The conveyance was signed on behalf of the parish council.

3rd September 1921: The memorial was unveiled by Mr J P Houghton and dedicated by Rev J E Paget, vicar. The statue was reported to be of Sicilian marble and had cost £470, the land having been donated by the Duke of Portland.

1940s: The WW2 names were added.

1950s: The Korean War name was added.

Unknown date: Further WW1 names, previously omitted, were added.

23rd March, 1989: The memorial was listed Grade II, Heritage List for England number 1108960.

Unknown date: A small commemorative tablet was added to the steps.

Unknown date before 2001: The pedestal was refaced on three sides with black granite tablets.

2001:The War Memorials Trust granted £250 towards the recarving of the rifle stock and barrel and the soldier's right hand.

14th December 2016: The memorial was surveyed by Roy Branson and Alan Willmot. It was in fair condition and cared for.
References
Derbyshire Courier, 31st July 1920 p6: a report on the decision to erect a broken column.

Derbyshire Courier, 4th December 1920 p5: a report on the decision to transfer the land from the Duke of Portland to the parish council.

Derbyshire Courier, 5th March 1921 p9: a report on the signing of the conveyance.

Derbyshire Courier, 10th September 1921 p9: a report on the unveiling ceremony.

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