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Memorial Title

English Martyrs' Catholic Church

Summary
Derbyshire War Memorials: a description of a war memorial tablet at the English Martyrs' Catholic Church, Alvaston, Derby.
Images
Setting Memorial
Locations
Last known location:
English Martyrs'
 Catholic Church
16 Hollis St
Alvaston
Derby
Nearest postcode:
DE24 8QU

NGR:
SK 38200 33649
(From online digital mapping.)
Location details:
The church is on the southeast side of Hollis St at the junction with London Rd (A6). The tablet is on the outside of the south wall facing onto London Rd.
Type
Overall type: Tablet.


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

Description:

A wall mounted Portland Stone tablet on the south wall of the church. The upper central panel bears an incised and gilded latin cross above the incised inscription which is in upright capital roman lettering, and has the incised gilded quotation below.  The recessed left panel bears a bas relief First World War infantryman with reversed rifle, and the recessed right panel bears a bas relief twentyfirst century infantryman in desert battle dress with automatic rifle. The three panels are surmounted by a moulded cornice with a further inverted moulded cornice below. The lower central panel bears a laurel leaf in relief. This, and the two recessed lower side panels, bear the three service names across their top in incised gilded lettering. The whole is supported by a projecting moulded plinth and a dark granite base.
Components:

Component Material Height Width Depth Condition
Tablet Limestone 2300 1575 350 Good
Base Granite 65 1575 410 Good
Dimensions in millimetres ±5mm unless stated otherwise.
Inscription
TO THE
GLORY OF GOD
AND IN MEMORY OF THE
PEOPLE OF THIS PARISH
WHO HAVE GIVEN THEIR
LIVES IN SERVICE OF THIS
COUNTRY FROM THE
GREAT WAR 1914-1918
TO THE PRESENT
REQUIESCANT IN PACE
ARMY AIR FORCE NAVY
Conflicts and people named:
Conflict All post 1918 conflicts.
Number died 0
Number served and returned 0
Total names 0
Administration
Custodian: Presumed to be the church authorities.

Local authorities:
From 2010: Derby City Council (unitary authority).
History
November 2010: The memorial was constructed by James Pollard, stonemason.

14th November, 2010: The memorial was unveiled by The Rt Rev Malcolm McMahon OP, Roman Catholic Bishop of Nottingham.

20th April 2016: The memorial was surveyed by Roy Branson and Alan Willmot. It was in good condition and well cared for.
References
Derby Telegraph; 4th November 2010, p14: a report on the provision of the memorial.
Comments
The memorial appears to be framed by sandstone blocks but this is the outline of an earlier doorway, now bricked up.

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