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Memorial Title

Bdsmn T W Stubley

Summary

Derbyshire War Memorials: a description of a WW1 war memorial window in Christ Church, Stonegravels, Chesterfield, commemorating Bdsmn Thomas Stubley.
Images
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Further images may be available on request.
Locations
Last known location:
Christ Church
Sheffield Rd (B6057)
Stonegravels
Chesterfield
Derbyshire
Nearest postcode:
S41 7JH

NGR:
SK 38520 72301
(From online digital mapping.)
Location details:
The church is at the rear of the Parish Centre. The memorial is in the wall of the apsidal chancel.
Type
Overall type: Window


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

Description:

A two light stained glass window in a shallow arched opening. The two lights, mainly in blues, greens, browns and white, have ogee heads and are separated by a stone mullion. The left light depicts two British infantrymen; one in field dress, one wearing a greatcoat and peaked cap, and both carrying rifles. One is pointing out a white cross in the sky and the other is turning to look at it. The right light bears a depiction of Jesus in white robes. Across the foot of both lights is a design incorporating sprays of acanthus leaves supporting a platform on which the two images rest, and at the centre is an unfurled scroll bearing the inscription in upright capital roman lettering. The maker's name is inscribed in the bottom right margin of the right light.

Glossary
Components:

Component Material Height Width Depth Condition
Window* Stone, glass, lead 1880 1170 - Fair
Dimensions in millimetres ±5mm unless stated otherwise.
* The dimensions here are for the opening, not the individual lights.
Inscription
Head of right light: Lo I am with
you always

Across foot of both lights: TO THE GLORY OF GOD AND IN MEMORY OF BANDSMAN
THOMAS WILLIAM STUBLEY 12TH. YORK & LANCASTER REGT.
AND SIDESMAN OF THIS CHURCH: KILLED IN ACTION
MAY 16TH. 1916 AGED 27: ERECTED BY HIS PARENTS AND FRIEND

Bottom right corner of right light: JOHN HALL & SONS (BRISTOL & LOND) 173 ST PANCR N.W.1 LON

Conflicts and people named:
Conflict First World War (1914-1919) Totals
Action
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: Chesterfield Parish Council; Chesterfield Borough Council; Derbyshire County Council.
From 1974: (Unparished); Chesterfield Borough Council; Derbyshire County Council.
History
Unknown date: The window was made by John Hall and Sons (Bristol and London) Ltd, 173 Pancras Rd, London NW1

August, 1918: The window was unveiled.

14th September, 2016: The memorial was surveyed by Roy Branson and Anne Branson. It was in fair condition and cared for.
References
Derbyshire Times; 24th August 1918: a report on the unveiling.
Comments
The design of the two soldiers was taken from a picture postcard that had been sent to Bdsmn Stubley in France, and which had been a source of strength and comfort to him.

Thanks to David Nightingale, John Holmes and Wendy Pockson of Christ Church and the Chesterfield St Helen's and District Local History Society for their assistance and provision of material in researching this memorial.

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