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Netherthorpe Grammar School - WW2

Summary

Derbyshire War Memorials: a description of a WW2 war memorial book of remembrance at Netherthorpe School commemorating the fallen of Netherthorpe Grammar School.
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Further images may be available on request.
Quotation Introduction Example Example
Locations
Last known location:
Old School
Netherthorpe School
Ralph Rd
Netherthorpe
Staveley
Derbyshire
Nearest postcode:
S43 3PU

NGR:
SK 44167 74672
(From online digital mapping.)
Location details:
The Old School is at the southwestern corner of the school campus, at the junction of Ralph Rd and Netherthorpe. The case and plaque are on a bookcase on the east wall.
Type
Overall type: Book of remembrance


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

Description:

A hardback book of remembrance in a case and accompanied by a plaque.

The oblong book has a green buckram cover with a thin, gold tooled border and a gold tooled hollow cross at the centre. The opening page bears the badge of the school and a delicate border of foliage in pastel greens over the epitaph "Went the day well?" composed by John Maxwell Edmonds and written in black calligraphy with a rubricated initial. The next page bears a moving tribute in black calligraphy with an illuminated initial in red and blue. The third page bears the title, and each subsequent page bears one name, all in a similar style to the first page. The name pages each bear the name at the centre, the years of school attendance at the top and the service or unit at the foot.

The book is displayed in oaken case with a glazed hinged lid and a small plaque is attached to the bookcase immediately below it.

Glossary
Components:

Component Material Height Width Depth Condition
Book Card, buckram, paper 220 330 30 Fair
Case Oak, glass 240 835 430 Fair
Plaque Brass 40 100 2 Fair
Dimensions in millimetres ±5mm unless stated otherwise.
Inscription
"Went the day well? we died and never knew:
But well or ill, England, we died for you."
This book, a tribute from students past and present of
Staveley-Netherthorpe Grammar School, is dedicated
to the memory of those of a second generation of their
number whose lives were scarificed while serving with
the British Forces from 1939 to 1945.

To us, their contemporaries, they are still living in our
memories with all their qualities and characteristics.

To the future generation, who may have helped civilization
to scorn the barbarity of war, they will be names only, but
we of the present ask them to feel with us sorrow for their
sacrifice and a gentle pride in belonging to the same community
which nurtured them.

Roll of Honour 1934 1939
Lewis
Randall Barber
Royal Air Force Volunteer Reserve

1932 1936
Dennis Barker
Royal Air Force Volunteer Reserve
1921 1926
George
Francis Barlow
Royal Tank Corps

1932 1934
Sydney Bramley
Royal Naval Volunteer Reserve
1926 1930
Thomas Crehan
Royal Air Force Volunteer Reserve

1929 1933
Reginald Flood
Royal Air Force Volunteer Reserve
1934 1939
John
Gordon Fry
Royal Air Force Volunteer Reserve

1935 1941
James Arthur
Edward Gadsby
Sherwood Foresters
1925 1931
John Havenhand
Royal Air Force Volunteer Reserve

1926 1933
Philip Hicken
Royal Air Force Volunteer Reserve
1931 1937
Harold Huddless
Royal Air Force Volunteer Reserve

1932 1937
Kenneth Hunter
Royal Air Force Volunteer Reserve
1937 1938
Ivor
Armstrong Jervis
Royal Air Force Volunteer Reserve

1932 1939
Herbert
Sydney Keeton
Royal Air Force Volunteer Reserve
1922 1926
Frederick
James Kerry
Royal Corps of Signals

1932 1937
Alan Marsh
Royal Air Force Volunteer Reserve
1932 1940
John
Clifford Otter
Royal Air Force Volunteer Reserve

1923 1926
William
Grainger Parry
Royal Air Force Volunteer Reserve
1936 1940
Charles
Arthur Peel
South Staffordshire Regiment

- -
George Edward
Mitchley
Royal Navy
1933 1939
Arnold
Edward Pigott
Royal Air Force Volunteer Reserve

1930 1937
Roger
Hayden Smith
Ghurka Rifles: Indian Army
1933 1939
John
Victor Stretton
Royal Naval Volunteer Reserve

1934 1936
Geoffrey Symonds
Royal Air Force Volunteer Reserve
Plaque:
IN MEMORY
OF THOSE OLD STUDENTS OF
NETHERTHORPE GRAMMAR SCHOOL
STAVELEY
WHO GAVE THEIR LIVES IN THE WAR
1939 - 1945

Conflicts and people named:
Conflict Second World War (1939-1945) Totals
Action
Number died 24 24
Number served and returned  0  0
Total names 24 24
Administration
Custodian: Presumed to be the school governors.

Local authorities:
From WW2: Staveley Parish Council; Staveley Urban District Council; Derbyshire County Council.
From 1974: Staveley Town Council; Chesterfield Borough Council; Derbyshire County Council.
History
25th February, 1966: The building was listed Grade II, Heritage List for England number 1088322.

19th October, 2016: The memorial was surveyed by Roy Branson and Alan Willmot. It was in fair condition and cared for.
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