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Memorial Title

St Giles's Church

Summary

Derbyshire War Memorials: A description of a WW1 war memorial comprising a tablet, a prayer desk and a lectern in St Giles's Church, Marston Montgomery, Derbyshire.
Images

Tablet Furniture Prayer desk Lectern
Locations

Last known location:
St Giles's Church
Thurvaston Rd
Marston Montgomery
Derbyshire
Nearest postcode:
DE6 2FF

NGR:
SK 13491 37889
(From online digital mapping.)
Location details:
The tablet is in the porch and the lectern and prayer desk are in the nave by the chancel arch.
Type

Overall type: Composite.


Overall condition: Fair. The inscription is legible.


Description:

A composite memorial comprising a tablet, prayer desk and lectern.

The oblong white marble tablet has a plain pediment with a Chi Rho monogram at the head. Below the pediment is a narrow frieze with an egg and dart motif and below that a narrow punctuated border. The principal panel bears an incised inscription and namelist in upright capital block lettering coloured black. The tablet has a polygonal vase attached to each side and is supported by a pair of moulded brackets.

The oaken prayer desk comprises two upright side panels linked by a central panel, all of which have pierced carving and support an inclined upper surface. The central panel depicts a gilded crown crossed by an inverted sword and two flags of St George with their flies drawn into swags. Behind them a laurel wreath has ribbons which spread across the foot. The side panels each have a pair of lancet windows with tracery above and a rosette above that. The edge of the top surface bears an inscription and the name of one of the fallen is at the foot of each side. At the foot is a decorated fabric kneeler.

The oaken lectern has a carved column bearing carved crossed flags before an inverted sword with gilded handle. The head terminates in a ball on which is perched a dove whose outstretched wings support the tray which has the inscription at the front. The heavy octagonal base has a moulded surface and the names of two of the fallen are on two of the faces.

The incised and gilded inscriptions on the furniture are in upright capital roman lettering.
Components:

Component Material Height Width Depth Condition
Tablet White marble 955 1505 75 Fair
Vase White marble 320 140 75 Fair
Vase White marble 320 140 75 Fair
Bracket White marble 75 150 65 Fair
Bracket White marble 75 150 65 Fair
Prayer desk Oak, fabric 770 660 630 Fair
Lectern Oak 1610 510 500 Fair
Dimensions in millimetres ±5mm unless stated otherwise.
Inscription

Tablet:
TO THE GLORY OF GOD
1914-1919
THE LECTERN, THE LITANY DESK, AND THIS TABLET WERE PRESENTED AS THANKOFFERINGS TO GOD FOR VICTORY, PEACE, AND THE
SAFE RETURN OF THOSE WHOSE LIVES WERE SPARED, ALSO IN AFFECTIONATE REMEMBRANCE OF THOSE WHO MADE THE GREAT SACRIFICE.
"THE ONE SHALL BE TAKEN."
SERGT. WILLIAM E. SKIDMORE D.C.M., R. SCOTS FUSILIERS, GUILLEMONT, JULY 30. 1916. L.CORPL. JOHN T. COPESTAKE, LINCOLNS, FRANCE, NOV 6. 1916.
PTE. SAMUEL MORRIS, ROYAL FUSILIERS, BETHUNE, OCT 29. 1915. PTE. GEORGE WOOD, GLOUCESTERS, SALONICA, APRIL 15. 1917.
"AND THE OTHER LEFT."
1899 PTE. THOMAS J. WOOD, R.M.L.I, DARDANELLES, AFRICA, RUSSIA. 1908 SERGT. JOHN W. BECK, 60TH. RIFLES, FRANCE, EAST AFRICA.
1914 SERGT. ROBERT R. SKIDMORE, R.A.M.C, FRANCE 1914 PTE. JOHN BEARDMORE, S. STAFFS  " .
 " PTE. FREDERICK MORRIS, 18TH. HUSSARS.  "  " EDGAR W. HILL, R.F.A.  " .
 "  " ALFRED GREEN, SHERWOODS, " . 1915 CPL. GEORGE W. BATEMAN, M.G.C. " , ITALY.
1915  " HARRY CARPENTER, R. FUSILIERS " .  " PTE. FREDERICK A. PEACH, N. STAFFS, " .
 "  " FREDERICK O. WEST, N. STAFFS, " .  "  " FRED. BUCKLEY, R.A.V.C, " .
1916 LIEUT. ARTHUR W. HUSKINSON, R.G.A., MESOPOTAMIA, PALESTINE. 1916 LIEUT. WALTER K. LAVERTON, DERBYRE. YEOMANRY.
 " SERGT. SAMUEL H. HALLAM, " , FRANCE  " CPL. GEORGE HARRISON, A.S.C, FRANCE.
 " PTE. JOSEPH A. ROWE, R.F.A, "  " PTE. JOSEPH R. REDFERN, NOTTS AND DERBYS, FRANCE.
 "  " WILLIAM A. BURTON, S. STAFFS.  "  " GEORGE FINNEY, " " " .
 "  " JOHN FAULKNER, R.E. " .  "  " ALBERT L. WEST, R.A.O.C, " .
 "  " CHARLES BULL, NOTTS AND DERBYS.  "  " WALTER WEST, NORTHUMBERLAND FUSILIERS, " .
 "  " JAMES L. ATKINS, A.S.C, " .  "  " WILLIAM COYNE, A.S.C, MESOPOTAMIA.
 "  " JOHN H. WOOD, ROYAL SCOTS. " .  "  " WILLIAM BATES, " EAST AFRICA.
 "  " JOSEPH A. HALLAM, R.G.A, " . 1917  " ERNEST L. MORRIS, LEICESTERS, " .
1917 NURSE ALICE LOUISA MULLER, V.A.D.  "  " CHARLES T. BENNETT, NORTHAMPTONS, " .
1918 EDNA ANNIE WEST, Q.M.A.A.C, " . 1918  " CHARLES HARRISON, LEICESTERS, " .
 " PTE. FREDERICK W, HARRISON, DURHAM LIGHT INFANTRY.  "  " ARTHUR BATES, S. STAFFS.
 "  " JOHN CHAMBERLAIN, R.M.L.I. 1919  " JOSHUA SKIDMORE, R.G.A.

Head of prayer desk:
"ALL THEY HAD HOPED FOR, ALL THEY HAD THEY GAVE
TO SAVE MANKIND, THEMSELVES THEY SCORNED TO SAVE."
Sides of prayer desk:
PTE. SAMUEL MORRIS
KILLED FRANCE
OCT.29. 1915.
R.I.P.
PTE. GEORGE WOOD
REPORTED MISSING
SALONICA APRIL 1917
R.I.P.

Head of lectern:
"THESE NOBLY PLAYED THEIR PARTS, THESE HEARD THE
CALL, FOR GOD AND KING AND HOME THEY GAVE THEIR ALL."
Face of lectern:
SURSUM CORDA
Foot of lectern:
L/CPL.
JOHN THOMAS
COPESTAKE.
ALBERT,
NOV. 6TH. 1916.
R.I.P.
SERGT.
WILLIAM ELIAS
SKIDMORE. D.C.M.
GUILLEMONT,
JULY 30TH. 1916.
R.I.P.

Conflicts and people named:
Conflict First World War (1914-1919)
Number died  4
Number served and returned 38
Total names 42
Administration

Custodian: Presumed to be the Parochial Church Council

Local authorities:
From WW1: Marston Montgomery Parish Council; Sudbury Rural District Council; Derbyshire County Council.
From WW2: Marston Montgomery Parish Council; Ashbourne Rural District Council; Derbyshire County Council.
From 1974: Marston Montgomery Parish Council; Derbyshire Dales District Council; Derbyshire County Council.
History

13th September, 1967: The church was listed Grade II*, Heritage List for England number 1204368.

22nd January, 2014: The memorial was surveyed by Roy Branson and Alan Willmot. It was in fair condition.
References

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