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Memorial Title

Roebuck Inn

Summary
Derbyshire War Memorials: a description of a WW1 war memorial tablet originally on the Roebuck Inn, Derby.
Images
Roebuck Inn Setting Location Memorial
Locations
Last known location:
Roadside wall
Arundel St
St Luke's
Derby
Nearest postcode:
DE22 3PG

NGR:
SK 34078 35505
(From online digital mapping.)
Location details:
The tablet is on the south side of Arundel St on the wall of a block of shops and flats and is about 2m above road level.

Previous location:
St Luke's Church
Parliament St
St Luke's
Derby
Nearest postcode:
DE22 3RT

NGR:
SK 34314 35624
(From online digital mapping.)
Location details:
The tablet was kept in storage following demolition of the Roebuck Inn and pending construction of the new shops and flats.

Previous location:
Roadside wall (demolished)
Amy St
St Luke's
Derby
Nearest postcode:
DE22 3PH

NGR:
SK 34086 35488
(From online digital mapping.)
Location details:
The tablet was on the west side of the road on the external wall of the former Roebuck Inn, now demolished..
Type
Overall type: Tablet.


Overall condition: Fair. The inscription is legible.


Description:

A white marble tablet in a sandstone frame. The tablet has a triangular arch top with a laurel leaf in relief in a roundel at the head. The inscription is incised in upright capital roman lettering coloured black.The frame is comprised of sections of sandstone moulding.
Components:

Component Material Height Width Depth Condition
Tablet White marble 875 510 50 Fair
Frame Sandstone 1150 795 c115 Good
Dimensions in millimetres ±5mm unless stated otherwise.
Inscription
1914-1919.
IN PROUD AND GLORIOUS MEMORY OF
OUR BOYS.
THEIR NAME LIVETH FOREVER MORE.
GREATER LOVE HATH NO MAN THAN THIS
THAT A MAN LAY DOWN HIS LIFE
FOR HIS FRIENDS.
Conflicts and people named:
Conflict First World War (1914-1919)
Number died 0
Number served and returned 0
Total names 0
Administration
Custodian: In 1920 the the brewery, Alton Co Ltd, took the tablet "into their care in perpetuity", however the former Wardwick Brewery company no longer exists. In October 2011, Father Graham Sillis, minister of St Luke's Church, rescued the tablet from the demolition site but he subsequently handed it over to the developer, Jasvinder Singh, who took responsibility for installing it in the new building. Subsequently, there has been no clear custodian.

Local authorities:
Before 1974: 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
c1920: The memorial was funded from collections taken from time to time inside the Roebuck Inn, and it was supplied by Mr Johnson of Curzon St, Derby.

3rd October 1920: The memorial was unveiled by Cllr F G Sindall and prayers were led by Rev W A Uthwatt. (A temporary platform was erected in the street for them and a large crowd attended.)

2007: The Roebuck Inn closed.

2008: The Roebuck Inn was demolished and the memorial was rescued by Rev Sillis from St Luke's Church where it was subsequently stored.

October 2011: Proposals were announced for a rededication service in November.

October 2011: The memorial was inspected by Eric Naden. It was wrapped in a sack on the building site awaiting installation, but was in fair condition.

3rd March 2016: The memorial was surveyed by Eric Naden. It was in fair condition.

6th March 2016: The memorial was surveyed by Roy Branson. It was in fair condition: The moulded frame appeared to be new and is presumed to have replaced the original one when it was installed at the new location.
References
Derby Telegraph, 4th October 1920: a report on the unveiling ceremony.

Derby Telegraph, 11th October 2011: a report on the rescue of the memorial and plans for its reinstallation and dedication.

Comments
The rededication service is presumed to have taken place on 11th November 2011 but confirmation is unavailable.
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