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Memorial
Title

R E Rose

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Setting Memorial
Locations
Last known location:
Chellaston Library
Barley Croft
Chellaston
Derby
Nearest postcode:
DE73 6TU

NGR:
SK 37937 30213 ±5m
Location details:
The memorial was in a display cabinet in the meeting room.

Previous location:
The Silk Mill
Silk Mill La
Derby
Nearest postcode:
DE1 3AF

NGR:
SK 35334 36642
(From online digital mapping)
Location details:
The memorial is normally held in the Midland Railway Study Centre.
Type
Overall type: Plaque.


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

Description:

A cast circular bronze Next of Kin Memorial Plaque (Death Penny) mounted in a moulded annular alabaster frame. The plaque, of standard design, bears the name in raised upright capital block lettering


Components:

Component Material Height Width Depth Condition
Plaque Bronze 115 dia c5 Good
Frame Alabaster c150 dia c20 Good
Dimensions in millimetres ±5mm unless stated otherwise.
* The plaque may be some form of resin.
Inscription
RALPH
EDWARD ROSE

Conflicts and people named:
Conflict First World War (1914-1919)
Number died 1
Number served and returned 0
Total names 1
Administration
Custodian: Derby Museums c/o Chellaston Library.

Local authorities:
From WW1: Derby County Borough Council (Derby Corporation)
From 1974 to 1997: Derby District (later Borough and from 1977 City) Council and Derbyshire County Council.
From 1997: The unitary authority has been Derby City Council.
History
1918: The Next of Kin Memorial Plaque was designed by Mr Edward Carter Preston.

1920s: The plaques were distributed to the next of kin and in this case it was mounted in the alabaster frame, presumably for display in the owner's residence.

24th February, 1977: The Silk Mill (as the Industrial Museum) was listed Grade II, Heritage List for England number 1287508.

4th May, 1983: The memorial was deposited with Derby Museum, catalogue number DBYMU 1983-732/1.

October 1987: The Silk Mill lies within the Derby City Centre Conservation Area first designated in that month.

December 2001: The Silk Mill lies within the Derwent Valley Mills World Heritage Site inscribed in that month.

18th August 2015: The memorial was surveyed at the library by Roy Branson. It was in good condition and well cared for.
References
Dave Harris, Midland Railway Study Centre, Derby; Pers Comm 1st September, 2015. An email providing valuable information regarding the custodian, history of the memorial and biographical information.
Comments
Ralph Edward Rose is believed to be 201231 LCpl Rose of the 1/5th Battn Sherwood Foresters, employed as a porter in the Midland Railway General Stores Department before the war and named on the department's memorial.  He is also named on the Midland Railway memorial on London Road.

It is not customary to record Next of Kin Memorial Plaques as war memorials but it is recorded here because it has clearly been adapted for display.
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