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Memorial
Title

Pte J Rivers VC

Images
Setting Grave Inscription
Locations
Last known location:
Grave 7018, Plot A23
Nottingham Road
 Cemetery
Nottingham Rd
Chaddesden
Derby
Nearest postcode:
DE21 6FN

NGR:
SK 37360 36556 ±6m
Location details:
Type
Overall type: Addition to gravestone.


Overall condition: Fair. The inscription is legible.

Description:

An addition to a white marble headstone on a family grave. An oblong panel at the head contains the badge of the Sherwood Foresters in relief and there are oblong panels on each side bearing foliage in relief. The inlaid inscription is in mixed styles of upright lettering on the face.  The headstone is accompanied by white marble kerbstones bearing the maker's name and grave number.


Components:

Component Material Height Width Depth Condition
Headstone White marble 1170 915 75 Fair
Kerbs White marble 240 970 2170 Fair
Dimensions in millimetres ±5mm unless stated otherwise.
Inscription
Headstone: In Memory of
ADELINE RIVERS,
WHO DIED MARCH 1ST. 1937,
AGED 80 YEARS.
Also to the Memory of her son
No. 6016 PRIVATE JACOB RIVERS, V.C.
1ST. BN. THE SHERWOOD FORESTERS,
WHO WAS KILLED IN ACTION
AT NEUVE CHAPELLE, FRANCE,
MARCH 12TH. 1915, AGED 33 YEARS.
ERECTED BY OFFICERS, WARRANT OFFICERS,
N.C.Os. AND MEN OF THE SHERWOOD FORESTERS.

Conflicts and people named:
Conflict First World War (1914-1919)
(Victoria Cross Recipient)
Number died 1
Number served and returned 0
Total names 1
Administration
Custodian: Unknown

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
Unknown date: The memorial was made by Gadsby & Co, sculptors and monumental masons. It was funded by members of the Sherwood Foresters Regiment.

13th May, 2002:  English Heritage registered the cemetery under the Historic Buildings and Ancient Monuments Act 1953 because of its special historic interest. List entry Number 1001610, Grade II in the Register of Historic Parks and Gardens.

1st April, 2011: The memorial was surveyed by Roy Branson and Alan Willmot. It was in fair condition.
References
Derby Telegraph; 28th December, 2009, p23 and 11th January, 2010, p26; Articles contain biographical information.

The Winter's Collection of Derby, Volume Two; The Breedon Books Publishing Company, Derby; 1996; ISBN 1859830552; p152 contains a reproduction of an early photograph of the grave.
Comments
Page © Roy Branson