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Memorial
Title
Pte J Rivers VC
Images
Setting Parade Citation Unveiling Wreath
Tablet Dignitaries Mercian Tablet Memorial
Locations
Last known location:
Market Place
Derby
Nearest postcode:
DE1 3AE

NGR:
SK 35292 36324
±5m
Location details:
The tablet is set into the paved surface in front of the main memorial opposite the Guildhall.
Type
Overall type: Tablet.


Overall condition: Good. The inscription is legible.

Description:

A square recumbent tablet of Scoutmoor Yorkstone with a narrow circular incised border. The tablet has a depiction of the Victoria Cross incised at the head and the inscription below in upright incised capital roman lettering.

Components:

Component Material Height Width Depth Condition
Tablet Sandstone 600 600 50 Good
Dimensions in millimetres ±5mm unless stated otherwise.
Inscription
PRIVATE
JACOB RIVERS
SHERWOOD FORESTERS
(NOTTINGHAMSHIRE AND
DERBYSHIRE REGIMENT)
12TH MARCH 1915

Conflicts and people commemorated

Conflict First World War (1914-1919)
Number died 1
Number served and returned 0
Total names 1
Administration
Custodians: Presumed to be the Department for Communities and Local Government and Derby City Council.

Local Authorities:
From 1997: The unitary authority has been Derby City Council.
History
2013: The stone was designed by Charlie MacKeith.

Unknown date: The stone was extracted from a quarry near Ramsbottom and worked for the Department for Communities and Local Government who supplied it to Derby City Council

12th March 2015: The memorial was unveiled by the Lord Lieutenant of Derbyshire, Mr William Tucker, and the Mayor of Derby, Cllr Shiraz Khan, at a stone laying ceremony. They were supported by Lt Col Nick Turner of the Mercian Regiment, relatives of Pte Rivers and veterans The ceremony was attended by members of the public. The fixing was finalised by Derby City Council staff. The memorial was surveyed by Roy Branson.
References
The Derby Telegraph website has a story about Pte Rivers as carried in its edition of 4th August, 2014.

The Derby Telegraph website has a story on the forthcoming unveiling as carried in its edition of 9th March, 2015.

The Derby Telegraph website has a report on the unveiling ceremony as carried in its edition of 12th March, 2015.
Comments
The unveiling ceremony took place on the exact centenary of the death of Pte Rivers.
Page © Roy Branson