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Memorial Title

St Mary's Roman Catholic Church

Summary

Derbyshire War Memorials: a description of a WW1 war memorial plaque and lighting at St Mary's Roman Catholic Church, Derby.
Images
Setting Memorial Plaque Click on a thumbnail to see a larger image.
Further images may be available on request.
Locations
Last known location:
St Mary's Roman
 Catholic Church
Bridge Gate
Derby
Nearest postcode:
DE1 3AU

NGR:
SK 35119 36785
(From online digital mapping.)
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Location details:
Bridge Gate was a main road destroyed in the 1960s for the construction of St Alkmund's Way, part of the inner ring road. It survives as a footpath between the southern ends of Arthur St and Darley La and the church and associated buildings are the only premises fronting it. The church may also be reached from King St via the footbridge over the ring road. The plaque is mounted at the southern end of the east aisle.
Type
Overall type: Lighting.


Overall condition: Unknown. The inscription on the associated plaque is legible and the memorial is cared for.

Description:

Originally the installation of electric lighting in the church but this has subsequently been replaced with modern lighting, but it was accompanied by a brass plaque on an oaken backboard and this survives. The upright oblong plaque has an incised border on the top and sides comprising a band of undulating oak leaves and acorns, and a ribbon at the foot. There is a crucifix in relief at the head and the incised inscription is in upright capital roman lettering coloured black. The maker's name is incised at the right foot. The plaque is mounted on an oaken backboard with a flat projecting frame.

Glossary
Components:

Component Material Height Width Depth Condition
Plaque Brass 735 480 2 Fair
Backboard Oak 835 585 25 Fair
Dimensions in millimetres ±5mm unless stated otherwise.
Inscription
Plaque:
1914 1918
PRAY FOR THE SOULS OF
THE MEN OF THIS PARISH
WHO FELL IN THE GREAT WAR
CAPT. STEWART ALDOUS
LIEUT. W. CONLEY
LIEUT. T. RUSSELL
WILLIAM BURKE
EDWARD BURKE
PATRICK CHURCHILL
JOSEPH DOEY
HENRY FOWERS
HERBERT A. FLETCHER
JOSEPH FOLEY
THOMAS HOPKINS
WILLIAM HUNT
ARTHUR J. INGER
ROBERT INGER
HERBERT INGRAM
RICHARD E. JACKSON
CHARLES KEENAN
PETER KENNEDY
ERNEST KEAN
WILLIAM J. LILLEY
MICHAEL Mc.DONOUGH
JAMES O'DONNELL
JOHN O'GARA
JAMES O'GARA
JOSEPH PINKNEY
LAWRENCE PINKNEY
ALFRED PINKNEY
JACK REGAN
JOHN REYNOLDS
EDWARD H. ROWEN
RICHARD SHARMAN
ORLANDO VALERIO
JOHN WALSHE
WILLIAM H WALSH
JAMES H. WHEWAY
ALBERT WHEWAY
HARRY WHEWAY
FRED WHEWAY
JOHN WHELAN
JOHN WRENCH
THE ELECTRIC LIGHT WAS INSTALLED IN
THIS CHURCH IN MEMORY OF THEM
REQUIESCANT IN PACE
Bottom right margin of plaque:
SIDNEY HUNT del
F. OSBORNE & CO. LTD. London
Conflicts and people named:
Conflict First World War (1914-1919) Totals
Action Unspecified
Number died 40 40
Number served and returned  0  0
Total names 40 40
Administration
Custodian: Presumed to be the church managers.

Local authorities:
From WW1: Derby County Borough Council (Derby Corporation)
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
c1921: The plaque was designed by Sidney Hunt, artist, and made by F. Osborne & Co. Ltd. of London.

Spring 1921: The memorial was installed in the church.

Unknown date: The electric lighting system was replaced.

20th June, 1952: The church was listed Grade II*, Heritage List for England number 1215808.

c1985: The plaque was temporarily removed to the parish office while the church was refurbished.

November 1991: The church lies within the Strutts Park Conservation Area first designated in that month.

7th June, 2017: The memorial was surveyed by Roy Branson. It was in fair condition and well cared for.
References
Derby Telegraph; 30th March, 1921; p3: an article about fundraising events for the memorial, including a description of the proposal.
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