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Memorial Title

Bonsall

Summary

Derbyshire War Memorials: a description of a WW1 and WW2 war memorial lamp at Bonsall, Derbyshire.
Images
Setting Memorial 6 o'clock inscription 3 o'clock inscription 12 o'clock inscription Click on a thumbnail to see a larger image.
Further images may be available on request.
Locations
Last known location:
Roadside
Church St
Bonsall
Derbyshire
Nearest postcode:
DE4 2AE

NGR:
SK 27935 58295
(From online digital mapping.)
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Location details:
The pillar of the lamp is built into the wall on the east side of the road.
Type
Overall type: Lamp.


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

Description:

Originally a glass globe lantern with a metal finial, supported by a matching spindle from the octagonal head and moulded boss of a square stone pillar. Some time after installation the globe was replaced by a hexagonal metal lantern with plain glass panes and a turned finial.

The battered sandstone pillar has nowy-headed faces with a moulded cornice enclosing a different design in relief on each face and with short fluted friezes at the foot of each corner.  The design on the 6 o'clock face is of a loose wreath formed from a sprig of laurel and one of oak with a broad ribbon across the front bearing the text PRO PATRIA, while on the 9 o'clock face it is of a circular laurel wreath, bound at the foot and with a broad ribbon behind it. On the 12 o'clock face the design is of a laurel wreath on a sunburst background. It is open at the top and bound at the bottom with narrow ribbons that form swags to each side. The 3 o'clock face bears a fully bound laurel wreath with a ribbon behind and has a formy cross at the centre. The main inscription is on the 6 o'clock face and the WW1 namelist continues on the 3 o'clock face. The WW2 inscription and namelist is on the 12 o'clock face. The inscription is incised in decorative lettering and the names are in upright capital block lettering.

The pillar surmounts a moulded sandstone plinth on a sandstone base with a bevelled top and the maker's mark incised at one corner. The monument was built into an existing ashlar stone wall which was raised in height to accommodate it, but the wall was extended northwards at a later date (perhaps when the WW2 inscription was added) and it now incorporates a monolithic stone wall surmounted by stone copings and a metal railing.

Glossary
Components:

Component Material Height Width Depth Condition
Lantern Metal, glass c1400 c500 c500 Fair
Pillar Sandstone c2100 700 700 Fair
Plinth Sandstone 280 955 955 Fair
Base Sandstone 1300 1150 280 Fair
Dimensions in millimetres ±5mm unless stated otherwise.
Inscription
6 o'clock face of pillar: 3 o'clock face of pillar:
ERECTED
TO THE MEMORY
OF THE
MEN OF BONSALL
WHO FELL IN THE
GREAT WAR
1914-1919
ARTHUR ALLEN
HAROLD ALLEN
GEORGE W. BATEMAN
JAMES BANKS
JAMES BARLOW
FRED BARNES
ARTHUR BOWN
ERNEST BODEN
FRANK BUCKLEY
ALFRED BUNTING
JOSEPH BUNTING
LAURENCE BUNTING
COLIN C. CHARLESWORTH
ALFRED ELLIOTT
HARRY FERN
OUR
GLORIOUS
DEAD
THOMAS GRATTON
CHARLES GRATTON
WALTER GRATTON
JAMES J. GREGORY
WILLIAM H. GREGORY
FREDERICK HAWLEY
HERBERT HOLBROOK
WILLIAM J. KNIVETON
ANTHONY LAND
JOHN LAND
EDWARD LLOYD
GEORGE McINTOSH
FREDERICK R. McINTOSH
FRANCIS E. MILLWARD
BERNARD OLIVER
GORDON F. PARSONS
GEORGE REDFERN
THOMAS ROWLAND
HENRY ROWLAND
FRANCIS ROWLAND
FRANK SHELDON
BERTRAM SHELDON
HORACE T. STONE
JOHN STONE
ALFRED A. SUDBURY
WILLIAM SWIFT
HENRY E. TOMISON
FREDERICK WOODCOCK
TOM WORTH
ROBERT WORTHY
BY THEIR
SACRIFICE
WE LIVE

12 o'clock face of pillar: 12 o'clock face of base:
1939-1945
WALTER BAKER
NORMAN LAND
FRANCIS MILLWARD
ANGUS MOFFAT
WALTER PENNINGTON
HERBERT POUNDALL
JOSEPH SPENCER
STANLEY SPENCER
ERNEST YOUNG
BODEN  
MATLOCK

Conflicts and people named:
Conflict First World War (1914-1919) Second World War (1939-1945) Totals
Action Unspecified
Number died 45 9 54
Number served and returned  0 0  0
Total names 45 9 54
Administration
Custodian: Not known.

Local authorities:
From WW1: Bonsall Parish Council, Bonsall Urban District Council; Derbyshire County Council.
From 1974: Bonsall Parish Council, Derbyshire Dales District Council; Derbyshire County Council.
History
c1921: The memorial was made by Boden of Matlock.

1st October,1921: The memorial was unveiled by Mr Charles F White MP.

1920s: The globe lantern was replaced by a hexagonal one.

1940s: The WW2 names were added.

Unknown date: The wall was extended to the north and railings added.

March 1972: The memorial lies within the Bonsall Conservation Area first designated on that date.

13th September 2013: The memorial was surveyed by Roy Branson and Alan Willmot. It was in fair condition and cared for.
References
Derbyshire Advertiser and Journal, 7th October 1921, p9: a report on the unveiling.
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