Derbyshire War Memorials
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Memorial Title

R L Castle

Summary

Derbyshire War Memorials: a description of a WW1 war memorial to Reginald Castle added to a gravestone in St Peter's Churchyard, Littleover, Derby.
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Setting Grave Inscription
Locations

Last known location:
St Peter's Churchyard
Normanton La
Littleover
Derby
Nearest postcode:
DE23 6GP

NGR:
SK 33242 34106 ±5m
Location details:
To the east of the middle of the churchyard.
Type

Overall type: Addition to gravestone.


Overall condition: Poor. Most of the inscription is legible.


Description:

An addition to a memorial stone on a family grave. The memorial comprises a white marble headstone accompanied by kerbs. The headstone has a shallow arch top and an inlaid inscription in upright capital lettering. At each side is a simple pilaster bearing a garland of vines and grapes in relief. The oblong kerbs have narrow chamfered edges with inscriptions inlaid in upright capital lettering on the upper surface.
Components:

Component Material Height Width Depth Condition
Headstone White marble 680 930 125 Fair
Kerbs White marble 300 2210 2310 Fair
Dimensions in millimetres ±5mm unless stated otherwise.
Inscription

Headstone:
IN [MEMORY] OF
EDWARD [WILLIAM]
THE DEARLY LOVED HUSBAND OF
ADA CASTLE,
AT REST 22ND. NEVEMBER 1934,
[AGED] 81 YEARS.
"FOR SO HE GIVETH HIS [BELOVED SLEEP]."
AND IN HER MEMORY ALSO
HIS DEVOTED WIFE,
AT REST 3RD. JULY 1937,
AGED 79 YEARS.
"WITH CHRIST WHICH IS FAR BETTER."
South kerb:
[ALSO OF THIRZA ELIZABETH CASTLE AT REST 21ST. JAN. 1969 AGED 83 YEARS]
East kerb:
ALSO OF [THEIR SON REGINALD LANCELOT, KILLED ON THE SOMME JULY 1916.]
North kerb:
ALSO OF ADA MARGARET CASTLE AT REST 14TH. FEB. 1966 AGED 77 YEARS

[Some lettering is missing or damaged.]

Conflicts and people named:
Conflict First World War (1914-1919)
Number died 1
Number served and returned 0
Total names 1
Administration

Custodian: Presumed to be the Castle family.

Local authorities:
From WW1: Littleover Parish Council; Shardlow Rural District Council; Derbyshire County Council.
From 1968: Derby County Borough Council (Derby Corporation) (Unparished)
From 1974: Derby Borough (and from 1977 City) Council; Derbyshire County Council.
From 1997 the unitary authority has been Derby City Council.
History

11th November 2015: The memorial was surveyed by Roy Branson and Alan Willmot. Although the headstone and kerbs were themselves in fair condition, and the grave appeared to be cared for, much of the lettering is lost or damaged and some words are difficult to read.
References

Comments

CWGC give the date of death as 21st July 1916.
Page © Roy Branson