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Memorial
Title
Midland Railway Carriage and Wagon Works - Painting Department
Images
Setting Memorial Names
Locations
Last known location:
E Building
Litchurch Lane Works
Litchurch La
Litchurch
Derby
Derbyshire
Nearest postcode:
DE24 8AD

NGR:
SK 36396 34342
(From online digital mapping)
Location details:
Roughly in the middle of the workshop.
Type
Overall type: Board.


Overall condition: Good. The inscription is legible.

Description:

A framed nowy-headed painting on a wooden board.

The full colour painting is believed to have been executed in oil-based industrial paint of the type used to paint railway carriages in the early twentieth century, and is applied onto a thin board. At the centre is a yellow oblong panel bearing the names in brown upright capital block lettering. This overlays an oval of reds and golds at the foot of which is a small detailed depiction of military materiel including a rifle, sword, cap, ammunition belt and an artillery shell. In turn the oval overlays three unfurled scrolls. Flanking the oval are two upright oblong scenes, that on the left depicts a battleship at sea firing a full broadside salvo, that on the right depicts a battlefield cavalry charge. At the head of the panel is an array of unfurled flags of eight allied nations superimposed by a green banner with the department name in gold upright capital roman lettering, a royal crown and an unfurled scroll bearing the Buck in the Park emblem of Derby encircled by a laurel wreath. At the foot of the panel is a similar unfurled scroll bearing the Wyvern emblem of the Midland Railway Company and a horizontal maroon panel bearing the dedication in gold upright capital roman lettering. The artist's name is at the bottom right of the painting.

The frame is of wood moulding and bears a small Bakelite plaque at the foot bearing subscription information.


Components:

Component Material Height Width Depth Condition
Board Wood, oilpaint 1490 890 - Good
Frame Wood 1720 1120 55 Good
Plaque Bakelite 50 305 2 Good
Dimensions in millimetres ±5mm unless stated otherwise.
Inscription
Head of main panel: M.R. C & W,
PAINTING DEPT.
Centre of main panel:
A. STEVENS.
H. WOLLACOTT.
J. A. HANDS.
W. BURNETT.
W. HUMBER.
H. LUCK.
T. ORME.
A. EDMUNDS.
S. FARMER.
T. MANSFIELD.
G. CAVE.
W. BURKE.
R. VICKERS.
A. HARRIS.
F. HOGG.
A. BENFIELD.
C. YORK.
S. W. TILLEY.
C. RIDDY.
Foot of main panel: DEDICATED TO THE MEMORY OF OUR SHOPMATES
WHO GAVE THEIR LIVES FOR KING AND COUNTRY
IN THE GREAT WAR 1914 - 1919
GREATER LOVE HATH NO MAN THAN THIS
Bottom right of main panel: J. H. ALLGOOD. 1915.-19.
Plaque on lower edge of frame: ERECTED BY SUBSCRIPTIONS OF THE
EMPLOYEES OF THE PAINTING DEPT.

Conflicts and people named:
Conflict First World War (1914-1919)
Number died 19
Number served and returned  0
Total names 19
Administration
Custodian: Presumed to be Bombardier Transportation (UK) Ltd.

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
Early 20C: Carriage painting was carried out in G Building and it is presumed that the memorial was originally erected there.

c1919: The board was painted by J H Allgood.

25 November 1999: The memorial was reported to have been in "Coach Building, G Section"

19 March 2013: The memorial was surveyed in E Building by Roy Branson and Andy Savage. It was in good condition and well cared for.

Over almost a century the site evolved from the Midland Railway Company, The London Midland and Scottish Railway Company, British Railways, ABB Daimler-Benz Transportation (Adtranz), and Bombardier Transportation (UK) Ltd.
References
Comments
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