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Memorial Title

Christ Church - WW1

Summary

Derbyshire War Memorials: a description of a WW1 war memorial board at Christ Church, Chesterfield.
Images
Nave setting Chancel setting Board Panel 1 Panel 2 Panel 3 Click in a thumbnail to see a larger image. Further images may be available on request.
Panel 4 Panel 5 Panel 6 Panel 7 Panel 8 Panel 9
Panel 10 Panel 11 Panel 12 Panel 13 Panel 14 Panel 15
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 on the north wall wall of the nave and around the perimeter of the apsidal nave, terminating on the organ.
Type
Overall type: Board


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

Description:

A composite memorial of oaken boards and panelling.

The memorial begins on the north wall of the nave behind the choir stalls with an oaken board of four panels. It has a pediment over the central two panels with a moulded cornice at the top and a carved tympanum with blind tracery incorporating a latin cross in a wreath at the centre and curvilinear tracery with roundels containing cusped quatrefoils. The pediment is flanked by carvings of a laurel wreath and a palm frond. The opening inscription runs across the stepped top rail and is carved in upright capital decorative lettering in relief. The heads of the four panels each contain further blind tracery, including two roundels each containing three cusped quatrefoils. The panels contain the names in single columns incised in upright capital block lettering. The inscription is concluded along the bottom rail in upright capital decorative lettering in relief and the whole board is supported from the floor by three slender brackets.

The memorial continues in the apsidal chancel with five sections of dado panelling, each containing panels similar in style to those in the board. The two end panels are taller and pedimented and the remainder are headed by a moulded dado rail. There are no panels behind the altar.

A final panel, possibly added later, is located after the dado panelling in the gap between it and the organ. It is taller, narrower, lacks the tracery and has a simple triangular arch cornice at the head. It has two panels, arranged vertically: the upper one contains names; the lower is blank.

Glossary
Components:

Component Material Height Width Depth Condition
Board of four panels Oak 2140 3080 110 Fair
Brackets x 3 Oak 1055 50 110 Fair
Single pedimented panel north of altar Oak 1420 905 135 Fair
Dado of three panels north of altar Oak 1150 2670 105 Fair
Dado of two panels east of altar Oak 1150 2625 250 Fair
Dado of three panels south of altar Oak 1150 2660 105 Fair
Single pedimented panel south of altar Oak 1420 910 135 Fair
Single pedimented panel adjacent to organ Oak 1800 560 60 Fair
Dimensions in millimetres ±5mm unless stated otherwise.
Inscription
Board of four panels:
1914 TO THE GLORY OF GOD 1919
PTE.
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WALTER ASPLEY.
ERNEST ASPLEY.
ALBERT ALLEN.
ERIC AYLIFFE.
MATTHEW BROWN.
HENRY BESTWICK.
ERNEST E. BLACKBURN.
WALKER CLARK.
MARTIN CAIN.
ERNEST A. COULSON.
ERNEST CROOKES.
ALBERT COX.
HUGH L. COOPER.
PTE.
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PHILIP DUNN.
JOHN H. DANNATT.
GEORGE FINCH.
HAROLD FRETWELL.
JOHN W. GWILLIAM.
JAMES GILDING.
SIDNEY HARRISON.
ROBERT HAND.
ALBERT HERRETT.
BASIL HODGKINSON.
JOHN W. HEBB.
JOHN HOLMES.
HARRY KIRK.
JOHN LEARY.
PTE.
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WILLIAM LEARY.
ANDREW LEARY.
PHILIP LAKIN.
LEONARD LEE.
PATRICK McGOUGH.
LUTHER NEALE.
ROBERT C. E. NEWTON.
HARRY OLDFIELD.
FRED RAYBOULD.
WILFRED ROWE.
MICHAEL ROACH.
HAROLD RADFORD.
SAM STEAD.
ARTHUR SCIDMORE.
BENJAMIN SHAW.
PTE.
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ERNEST SIMPSON.
ERNEST SANDERSON.
HAROLD SWALE.
CHARLES G. SHAW.
JOHN SEVERNS.
LAWRENCE TIGHE.
G. A. T. TURNER.
F. W. TAYLOR.
ISAAC WALKER.
JOSPEPH H. WHOOLEY.
CHARLES R. WORNE.
HAROLD WAGG.
IN MEMORY OF THE MEN WHO DIED IN DEFENCE OF HONOUR AND FREEDOM

Single pedimented panel north of altar: First panel in dado of three north of altar:
TO
THE GLORY OF GOD
AND
IN MEMORY OF
SERGT. WILLIAM SHOWELL
2ND. NOTTS. & DERBYS.
KILLED IN ACTION
SEPT. 20TH. 1914.
ERECTED
BY HIS PARENTS.
BOMB A. E. ALCOCK. M.M.
SAPPER SAMUEL S. LEES.
GUNR. HORACE ADLINGTON.
  " WALTER L. HOLLINGWORTH.
PTE. VERNARD HOLLINGWORTH.

Second panel in dado of three north of altar: Third panel in dado of three north of altar:
BANDMSAN THOMAS W. STUBLEY.
PTE. GEORGE W. ROCKLIFFE.
PETTY OFFICER ERNEST HILTON.
ABLE SEAMAN GEORGE AKED.
STOKER JOHN GEREAGHTY.

First panel in dado of two east of altar: Second panel in dado of two east of altar:
PTE. GEORGE BRADLEY.
KILLED
IN ACTION
JUNE 9TH.
1915.
PTE. HARRY JOHNSON
KILLED
IN ACTION
OCTOBER. 1ST.
1918.

First panel in dado of three south of altar: Second panel in dado of three south of altar:
SERGT.
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CPL.
JOHN G. TANN.
JOHN W. DENMAN.
JOSEPH W. MILLARD.
JAMES ADLINGTON.
CHARLES GENDERS.
THOMAS G. GASCOYNE.
CPL.
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LC.CPL.
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WALTER WHARTON.
MAURICE FLETCHER.
JAMES JEPSON.
JOHN W. WYKES.
CAMPBELL DUNKS.
THOMAS SCULLY.
FRED BULCOCK.
2ND LIEUT ROBERT CYRIL RIGGOTT.
2ND LIEUT CLARENCE VICTOR CAMPBELL.
PTE CHARLES E. DOBB.

Third panel in dado of three south of altar: Single pedimented panel south of altar: Single pedimented panel adjacent to organ
PTE.
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HARRY M. ELLSE.
HARRY G. PEACH.
THOMAS C. LANE.
GEORGE SAXTON.
ARTHUR MADIN.
JOSEPH W. JACKSON.
PTE CYRIL. C. D. BRADBERRY.
KILLED IN ACTION
NOV. 13TH 1916.
PTE
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ARTHUR BRIGGS.
FRED BRIGGS.
SAM BRIGGS.

Conflicts and people named:
Conflict First World War (1914-1919) Totals
Action
Number died 93 93
Number served and returned  0  0
Total names 93 93
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
The memorial was made by J Eyre and Sons of Chesterfield.

24th April, 1919: The board was erected on the north wall.

26th October, 1919: The memorial was unveiled by the Mayor of Chesterfield, Sir Ernest Shentall and dedicated by the Vicar, Rev James Ducker. At that time the memorial listed only 88 names.

Unknown date: Two extra names were added: Pte Benjamin Shaw to the third panel of the board and 2Lt Robert Cyril Riggott to the officer list south of the altar.

Unknown date: The panel adjacent to the organ was added.

Unknown date: The church is recorded in the Derbyshire HER, record number 31560. The erection of the board on the north wall is mentioned in the account. Derbyshire HER is the Derbyshire Historic Environment Record (formerly the Derbyshire Sites and Monuments Record) which is a record of the known above and below ground archaeology in the county.

14th September 2016: The memorial was surveyed by Roy Branson and Anne Branson. It was in fair condition and cared for.
References
Sheffield Evening Telegraph, 30th October, 1919, p5: A short account of the unveiling ceremony.

Derbyshire Courier, 1st November, 1919, p1: An extensive report of the unveiling ceremony with the original list of names.

Derbyshire Times, 1st November, 1919: A report of the unveiling ceremony.

Derbyshire HER, record number 31560: A description of the church including a reference to the erection of the board.
Comments
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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