Derbyshire War Memorials
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Memorial Title

Bailey Family

Summary
Derbyshire War Memorials: a description of a WW1 war memorial to Walter Bailey, Jessie Bailey and Ivy Bailey comprising an addition to a gravestone in St Matthew's Churchyard, Darley Abbey, Derby.
Images
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Further images may be available on request.
Locations
Last known location:
St Matthew's Churchyard
25 Church La
Darley Abbey
Derby
Nearest postcode:
DE22 1EY

NGR:
SK 35088 38656
(From online digital mapping.)
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Location details:
The memorial is just to the northeast of the war memorial cross, right at the edge of the path.
Type
Overall type: Addition to gravestone.


Overall condition: At risk.. The inscription is legible but the memorial is broken and partly buried.

Description:

An addition to the lettering on a stone on a family grave. The original stone comprised a patonce cross on a battered oblong pedestal on a step, all of limestone, and mounted on a base, but the memorial has been damaged and is now derelict. The cross, which has a Christograph at its centre, has become detached from the pedestal and is broken in half. The pedestal has been displaced but is still intact and has inscriptions inlaid on two faces, mainly in upright capital block lettering.

Glossary
Components:

Component Material Height Width Depth Condition
Cross Limestone 635 375 c75 At risk
Pedestal Limestone 335 450 c300 At risk
Step Limestone 155 450 c400 At risk
Dimensions in millimetres ±5mm unless stated otherwise.
Inscription
6 o'clock face:
Conflicts and people named:
Conflict First World War Civilians (1914-1919) Totals
Action Sinking of the RMS Lusitania
(7 May 1915)
Number died 3 3
Number served and returned 0 0
Total names 3 3
In
Loving Memory of
GILBERT HANFORD COTTON
WHO DIED 13TH MAY 1917,
AGED 15 YEARS
12 o'clock face:
Also In Memory of
WALTER JESSIE & IVY
BAILEY
(OF SHEPSHED, LEICESTERSHIRE.)
WHO PERISHED IN THE “LUSITANIA”,
7TH MAY 1915.
Administration
Custodian: Presumed to be the Cotton and Bailey families.

Local authorities:
From WW1: Darley Abbey Parish Council; Belper Rural District Council; Derbyshire County Council.
From 1968: Derby County Borough Council.
From 1974: Derby District (later Borough and from 1977 City) Council and Derbyshire County Council.
From 1997: The unitary authority has been Derby City Council.
History and Conservation
Unknown date: The memorial was installed.

December, 2001: The Derwent Valley Mills World Heritage Site was inscribed. The memorial falls within its main area.

2003: The churchyard was added to the Darley Abbey Conservation Area.

15th September, 2007: The memorial was surveyed by Roy Branson. It was in very poor condition and at risk of being lost. The memorial had been broken into its component pieces: the base appeared to be intact and was partly buried at the head of the grave in what is assumed to be its original undisturbed position; the step was once cement mortared onto the base but had been dislodged and was slightly out of alignment relative to the base; the pedestal was once cement mortared onto the top of the base, but it had been displaced and was loose on the surface of the grave. The cross had been attached to the top of the plinth with metal dowels and cement mortar, however, it had been displaced and left loose on the surface of the grave. It had also been broken about half way along the shaft, although the two pieces remained attached by metal dowels, possibly from a previous repair. The grave was unkempt and overgown with thistles and other weeds.
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