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Pte F Thompson

Summary

Derbyshire War Memorials: a description of a WW1 war memorial board to Pte F Thompson at St Thomas Road Methodist Church, Pear Tree, Derby.
Images
Board Click on a thumbnail to see a larger image.
Further images may be available on request.
Locations
Last known location:
St Thomas Road
 Methodist Church
St Thomas Rd
Pear Tree
Derby
Nearest postcode:
DE23 8RL

NGR:
SK 35188 33681
(From online digital mapping.)
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Location details:
The church was formerly known as St Thomas Road Primitive Methodist Church. The memorial is in storage.
Type
Overall type: Board.


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

Description:

An oaken board with a pediment at the head and a frieze at the foot. The pediment has a moulded cornice to each of the three edges, with plain dentils below. The tympanum is plain but has a wooden roundel at the centre bearing a metal badge of the Sherwood Foresters Regiment. Below the pediment is a broad frieze bearing a repeated rosette and triglyph motif and with a moulded cornice below. The main panel has a pilaster to each side and a metal plaque at the centre.

The plaque has a depiction of an angel at the head bearing a laurel wreath in each hand and stationed above a moulded arch supported on demi-columns to each side which have plain bases and volute capitals. Beside each demi-column is a depiction of a serviceman with bowed head and with reversed arms and in the background is a biplane. At the foot is a shield with crossed lances and flags behind. Within the arch is an incised inscription in sentence-case gothic lettering.

Below the plaque is a moulded cornice and at the foot of the memorial is a frieze with decorative ends and bearing a further metal plaque with an inscription in upright capital block lettering.

Glossary
Components:

Component Material Height Width Depth Condition
Board (overall) Oak 990 730 75 Fair
Central plaque Metal 430 330 20 Fair
Lower plaque Metal 110 480 2 Fair
Dimensions in millimetres ±5mm unless stated otherwise.
Inscription
Central plaque:
In Memoriam
Private
Frederick Thompson
Notts & Derbyshire Regt.
Who Served
The Cause of Freedom
in the
Great European War
he died of wounds Sept. 28th. 1917
and is buried in
Dozinghem British Cemetery
Poperinghe, France.
THE PATH OF DUTY
WAS THE WAY TO GLORY
Lower plaque:
THIS TABLET IS ERECTED IN GRATEFUL REMEMBRANCE BY HIS
LATE EMPLOYER Mr. G. SUMMERS TO WHOM PRIVATE F. THOMPSON
RENDERED OVER 16 YEARS OF DEVOTED SERVICE.

Conflicts and people named:
Conflict First World War (1914-1919) Totals
Action
Number died  8  8
Number served and returned 21 21
Total names 29 29
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
3rd December 2016: The memorial was surveyed by Roy Branson and Anne Branson. It was in fair condition and cared for.
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