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Memorial Title

Osmaston - Tablet

Summary

Derbyshire War Memorials: a description of a WW2 war memorial tablet mainly commemorating the civilians of Osmaston, Derby.
Images
Marble Hall Setting Tablet Unveiling Dedication Commemoration Dignitaries Click on a thumbnail to see a larger image.
Further images may be available on request.
Locations
Last known location:
Community Garden
Connect Derby
Marble Hall
80 Nightingale Rd
Osmaston-by-Derby
Nearest postcode:
DE24 8BF

NGR:
SK 36385 33570
(From online digital mapping.)
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Location details:
Osmaston, Derby was historically known as Osmaston-by-Derby. The memorial is to the rear of the Marble Hall, accessible from the reception area at the main entrance. Further information is given in Comments below.
Type
Overall type: Tablet.


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

Description:

An oblong black granite tablet set into the inclined top of a red brick pedestal. The polished face bears a gilded incised inscription in upright capital roman lettering with names in two columns in upright capital block lettering.

Glossary
Components:

Component Material Height Width Depth Condition
Tablet Black granite 685 1220 - Pristine
Pedestal Red brick 1310 1665 820 Pristine
Dimensions in millimetres ±5mm unless stated otherwise.
Inscription
IN MEMORY OF THOSE WHO LOST THEIR LIVES IN OSMASTON AS
A RESULT OF THE AIR RAID ON 27TH JULY 1942
BACON, ARTHUR37HIGGINS, SYDNEY28
BASE, ARTHUR FREDERICK54HILL, JOHN WILLIAM53
BATES, OLIVE MAY30HORN, CHARLES LEVI55
CARLEN, THOMAS LEE22ISSAC, FREDERICK CECIL49
DOGGRELL, VERA MABEL23JENKINS, DOREEN CECILIA15
FARMER, DOROTHY LENA22LAWRENCE, ETHEL ESTHER35
FARMER, SYLVIA MAY2LOWE, CYRIL LESLIE31
FINAN, MARGARET EILEEN21NIELD, DORIS19
FRANKLIN, ELIZABETH HELEN32PEACH, JAMES45
GRATTON, GEORGE HENRY62REGAN, DENNIS9
GREATOREX, DORA21TAYLOR, JOSEPH32
GRIMMER, FRANCIS ROBERT51
NO PAIN, NO GRIEF, NO ANXIOUS FEAR CAN REACH OUR LOVED
ONES REMEMBERED HERE

Conflicts and people named:
Conflict Second World War
(1939-1945)
Second World War Civilians
(1939-1945)
Totals
Action German air raid on Rolls-Royce
aero engine factory
(27th July 1942)
Number died  1 22 23
Number served and returned  0  0  0
Total names  1 22 23
Administration
Custodian: The Osmaston Community Association of Residents (OSCAR)

Local authorities:
From 1997: The unitary authority has been Derby City Council.
History
27th July, 1942: A German Dornier 217 bomber dropped a stick of four bombs, one hitting the Rolls-Royce works and the other three hitting nearby houses. Twentytwo civilians and one soldier were killed and 120 people injured.

2007: The Rolls-Royce factory closed.

Spring 2012: Osmaston Community Association of Residents decided to work towards erecting a memorial.

c2013: The redundant factory was demolished (except for the office block).

c2016: A garden at the rear of the office block was laid out and preparations made for the installation of a memorial.

27th July, 2017: On the 75th anniversary of the attack, to the day, the memorial was unveiled by Mr Peter Felix and Mr Peter Kirk of the Derbyshire Historical Aviation Society. The names of the fallen were read by The Mayor of Derby, Cllr John Whitby, and the memorial was dedicated by The Bishop of Derby, The Right Rev Dr Alastair Redfern PhD. The ceremony was attended by the Lord Lieutenant of Derbyshire, Mr William Tucker, and the High Sheriff of Derbyshire, Mrs Annie Hall. It was introduced by Cllr Baggy Shankar and addressed by Mr Anton Rippon, author and journalist. Ceremonial elements were provided by members of the Royal British Legion and Derbyshire Constabulary. Survivors of the attack, and relatives of the victimes, were present.

27th July, 2017: The memorial was surveyed by Roy Branson. It was in pristine condition and cared for.
References
Derby Telegraph; 10th April, 2012; p9 col1: A report on the proposal to erect a memorial.

Derby Telegraph; 17th April, 2012; p14 col3: A letter supporting the proposal to erect a memorial.

Derby Telegraph; 23rd June, 2017; p8 col1: An article on the imminent unveiling ceremony.

Derby Telegraph; 10th July, 2017; p15 col1: An article on the imminent ceremony, with an account of the attack and memories of survivors.

Derby Telegraph; 28th July, 2017; pp1, 4 and 5: An extensive report on the unveiling ceremony.

Anon; Our Proud Heritage, A Short Guide to Osmaston; pp7-28: an account of Rolls-Royce including the development and ultimate demolition of the works with the ensuing redevelopment, and including details of the air raid.

Anon; Osmaston Memorial Dedication Event; the programme and order of service for the unveiling ceremony.
Comments
Following the demolition of the factory the site was designated for residential redevelopment. The Marble Hall was refurbished and an area to the rear was laid out as a paved concourse for use by the tenants of the building and the local community. Beyond the paved area a garden was laid out and the memorial was erected on its edge.

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