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St Edmund's Church - Cross

Summary
Derbyshire War Memorials: a description of a WW1 and WW2 war memorial cross in St Edmund's Churchyard, Allestree, Derby.
Images
Setting Tablet WW1 names WW2 names Click on a thumbnail to see a larger image.
Further images may be available on request.
Locations
Last known location:
St Edmund's Churchyard
St Edmund's Close
Allestree
Derby
Nearest postcode:
DE22 2DZ

NGR:
SK 34773 39715
(From online digital mapping.)
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Location details:
The church is on the east side of the road in the centre of the village. The cross is just to the north of the path and about half way between the lychgate and the church.
Type
Overall type: Cross.


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

Description:

A mainly rough-hewn Aberdeen Granite monument comprising a wheel formy cross, a tapered shaft and a battered base. The cross is dressed and has a central boss and intertwined strapwork on the 6 o'clock face. The shaft has two dressed recessed panels at the foot: the upper one contains an incised inscription in upright capital block lettering coloured black, the lower one contains the dates in upright capital block lettering in relief. The base has two stepped dressed panels on the 6 o'clock face containing the WW1 names inlaid in capital block lettering. An oblong recumbent tablet is affixed to the foot of the base and contains the WW2 names, also in inlaid capital block lettering.

Glossary
Components:

Component Material Height Width Depth Condition
Cross Granite 1600 600 200 Fair
Base Granite 870 1080 750 Fair
Tablet Granite 480 710 80 Fair
Dimensions in millimetres ±5mm unless stated otherwise.
Inscription
6 o'clock face of cross shaft:
Conflicts and people named:
Conflict First World War (1914-1919) Second World War (1939-1945) Totals
Action Unspecified
Number died 16 19 35
Number served and returned  0  0  0
Total names 16 19 35
THE
GLORIOUS
DEAD
1914
1919
6 o'clock face of base:
THOMAS F. BANCROFT
H.L.I.
ARTHUR HASLAM BARLOW
NOTTS. & DERBYS.
JOSEPH BENFORD
WEST. YORKS.
ARTHUR ALBERT BULL
NOTTS. & DERBYS.
JOHN WILLIAM CLIFFORD
K.R.R.
FREDERICK HULLAND
ROYAL FUSILIERS
ALBERT EDMUND KIDGER
NORTH STAFFS.
ERNEST ARTHUR MURFIN
EAST LANCS.
WILLIAM H. NORTH
R.F.A.
ERNEST REGINALD PLANT
SOUTH STAFFS.
ARTHUR SMITH
ROYAL FUSILIERS
THOMAS SPENCER
R.F.A.
OLIVER WARD
ROYAL NAVY
JOSEPH WEBSTER
SOUTH STAFFS.
WILLIAM WEBSTER
NOTTS & DERBYS.
JOSEPH W. WEBSTER
LANCASHIRE FUSILIERS
Tablet:
1939 - 1945
WILLIAM C. BROSTER
LOGIE W. BROWN
EDWIN G. BURTON
ROBERT A. CASE
THOMAS F. FISHER
GEORGE MUIR GEE
JOHN R. GRUNDY
JOHN G. GUTCH
RAYNER A. HARGREAVES
EWART HOLMES
FRANK LITTLE
REGINALD C. MORRIS
CYRIL POUNTAIN
DONALD J. SAMUEL
ALFRED G. WAPLES
HOWARD WAPLES
LEWIS WATSON
ALEC WHITE
HENRY E. WRIGHT
Administration
Custodian: Presumed to be the parochial church council.

Local authorities:
From WW1: Allestree Parish Council; Belper Rural District Council; Derbyshire County Council
From 1968: Derby County Borough Council (Derby Corporation) (Unparished)
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
1919: The memorial was constructed of Aberdeen Granite.

19th December, 1920: The memorial was unveiled by Lt Col L G Gisborne CMG and dedicated by Rev W E C Sternberg MA, Vicar.

11 September 1991: The memorial lies within the Allestree Conservation Area designated on that date.

24th November, 2011: The memorial was surveyed by Roy Branson. It was in fair condition and cared for.
References
Derby Telegraph; 16th December 1920; p3: An announcement of the forthcoming unveiling ceremony.

Derby Telegraph; 20th December 1920; p2: A report on the unveiling ceremony.

Derbyshire Advertiser; 24th December 1920; p10 col3: A report on the unveiling ceremony.

Derbyshire Advertiser; 25th December 1920; p16 col1: A photograph of the memorial after the unveiling ceremony.

Derbyshire Advertiser; 25th December 1920; p16 col3: A photograph of Lt Col L Gisborne who unveiled the memorial.

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