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Memorial Title

St Peter's Church - Cross

Summary

Derbyshire War Memorials: a description of a war memorial cross in St Peter's Churchyard at Littleover, Derby.
Images

Memorial North Northwest 6 o'clock face 9 o'clock face 12 o'clock face 3 o'clock face
Locations

Last known location:
St Peter's Churchyard
Normanton La
Littleover
Derby
Nearest postcode:
DE23 6GP

NGR:
SK 33287 34156 ±5m
Location details:
On the eastern side of the churchyard near the gate from Normanton La.
Type

Overall type: Cross.


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

Description:

A sandstone wheel cross on a pedestal, plinth and two stepped base. The cross is decorated on the 6 o'clock face with intricate carvings of bosses, acanthus leaves, fruit, ropework and interlaced strapwork in the Anglo-Saxon style and the battered square pedestal bears the incised inscription and names in upright lettering coloured black. The pedestal surmounts an oblong plinth and two-stepped base.
Components:

Component Material Height Width Depth Condition
Cross Sandstone c3650 c1000 300 Fair
Pedestal Sandstone 1100 1300 1140 Fair
Plinth Sandstone 420 1750 1520 Fair
Base Sandstone 400 3200 2750 Fair
Dimensions in millimetres ±5mm unless stated otherwise.
Inscription

6 o'clock face of pedestal: TO THE GLORY OF GOD
AND
TO THE ENDURING MEMORY
OF THOSE PATRIOTIC MEN OF LITTLEOVER
WHO WENT FORTH TO THE GREAT WAR
AND WHO FOUGHT AND FELL IN OUR DEFENCE
THIS MONUMENT IS ERECTED IN THE YEAR 1921
AS A GRATEFUL AND IMPERISHABLE TRIBUTE
THE COURAGE AND DEVOTION OF THOSE WHOSE NAMES
ARE HERE INSCRIBED IMPELLED THEM AT ONCE
TO RESPOND TO THEIR COUNTRY'S CALL.
THEIR GALLANT EFFORTS,
IN THE BATTLES OF THE NATIONS HAVE FOUND
AN HONOURED PLACE IN BRITISH ANNALS.
WHICH WILL RECORD THROUGHOUT THE AGES
THEIR HEROIC SELF SACRIFICE UNDER PROVIDENCE
TO SAFEGUARD OUR LAND FROM INVASON BY A RUTHLESS FOE:
AND GLORY ENCIRCLES WITH A NOBLE DIADEM
THESE BRAVE SONS WHO WENT OUT FROM OUR MIDST
AND DIED THAT ENGLAND MIGHT LIVE.
Mors Janua Vita.

9 o'clock face of pedestal:

1915.
HAROLD LANE. 2ND. SHERD. FORS. FRANCE.
WILFRED R. LEE. 1/1 DERBYS. YEOY. GALLIPOLI.
ARTHUR TURNER. 10TH. SHERD. FORS. FRANCE.
HENRY D. OTTEWELL. 1ST GLOSTS. "  "
HAROLD G. COLLARD. 10TH. SHERD. FORS. "  "
1916
LEWIS SPENCER. 2ND. LEICESTERS. PERSIAN GULF.
GEORGE W. FREESTON. 10TH. SHERD. FORS. FRANCE
RICHARD VICKERS. MANCHESTERS. "  "
JOHN E. Mc.INNES. 5TH. SHERD. FORS. "  "
FREDERICK JOHNSON. 2ND. GRENR. GDS. "  "
FRANK WILLIAMSON. 7TH. CANADIANS. "  "
CHARLES J. W. HOBBS. D.S.O. 2ND. SHERD. FORS. "  "
1917.
HERBERT L. WIBBERLEY. 24TH. NORTHD. FUSL. FRANCE
GEORGE SMITH. 5TH. SHERD. FORS. "  "
ALFRED L. FORD. 8TH. HUSSARS. GERMANY.
THOMAS MOORCROFT. R.A.M.C. MALTA.
JOSEPH CORDEN. 5TH. SHERD. FORS. FRANCE.
CHARLES NEWTON. 2ND. SHERD. FORS. "  "

12 o'clock face of pedestal:

1939. - 1945.
 V .A. ALBRECHT.
R. M. ALDUS.
J. R. BANKS.
J. BARTON.
H. V. CHATTERTON.
K. C. CHINN.
A. R. CLARKE.
R. J. COCKSHOTT.
E. CONWAY.
T. COOPER.
P. M. DAVIES.
H. P. GRANGER.
D R GREENUP
T. A. HALES.
E. HOLMES.
L. HUNT.
L. H. KIRKLAND.
E. C. WARDLE-KNIGHT.
G. E. LEADBETTER.
P. LEEMAN.
F. H. LOWNDES.
J. J. MEEK.
H. MITTON.
K. P. MITTON.
W. B. MURFIN.
H. M. MYCROFT.
A. PALIN.
S. J. W. PAULSON.
E. W. PRIOR.
G. V. REEVES.
M. H. RUDGE.
B. SALT.
F. C. SALT.
P. W. SANFORD.
N. B. SCOTT.
G. A. SELBY.
H. C. SELBY.
H. SMITH.
A. F. THOMAS.
J. H. TROTT.
J. E. VAN SCHAICK.
P. P. B. WILSON.
K. W. WRIGHT.
R. A. WRIGHT
P. L. YORKE.
747887 FLIGHT SERGEANT
JAMES EDWARD SELLORS
KILLED IN ACTION IN 1941

3 o'clock face of pedestal:

1917.
SAMUEL WILLIAMS 2ND. SHERD. FORS. FRANCE.
FRED. R. SHAW. DURM. L. I. "  "
JAMES F. POPPLE. 5TH. SHERD. FORS. "  "
JOHN OSBORNE. 13TH. SHERD. FORS. ENGLAND.
FRANCIS D. STONES. M.C. 5TH. SHERD. FORS. FRANCE
WILLIAM H. MARSHALL. 1ST. NORTHD. FUSL. "  "
WILLIAM H. SHAW. NORFOLKS. PALESTINE.
JAMES W. GROVE. 8TH. S. STAFFS. FRANCE.
WILLIAM R. JERRAM. CANN. R.H.A. "  "
1918.
FRED BALDWIN. R. ENGINEERS. FRANCE.
STUART L. THIRLBY 6TH. LEICESTERS. "  "
ERNEST ALLSOPP. 2/5TH. SHERD. FORS. "  "
ALFRED H. SPALDING. M.M. 1ST. GRENR. GDS. "  "
FRANCIS E. HOULSTON 205TH. M.G.C. "  "
CHARLES E. STOPPARD 7TH. EAST KENTS. "  "
ALFRED WOOTTON. 1ST. CANADIANS. ENGLAND.
RICHARD E. HILL 1/1 HERTS. FRANCE.
BENJAMIN T. WIBBERLEY 3RD. K.R.R. SALONIKA
FRED VICKERS. 5TH. SHERD. FORS. DARDANELLES.

Conflicts and people named:
Conflict First World War (1914-1919) Second World War (1939-1945)
Number died 37 46
Number served and returned  0  0
Total names 37 46
Administration

Custodian: Not known

Local authorities:
From WW1: Littleover Parish Council; Shardlow Rural District Council; Derbyshire County Council.
From 1968: Derby County Borough Council (Derby Corporation) (Unparished)
From 1974: Derby Borough (and from 1977 City) Council; Derbyshire County Council.
From 1997 the unitary authority has been Derby City Council.
History

22nd January 1922: The memorial was unveiled by Mrs William Collard, selected by lot from the relatives of the fallen, and dedicated by the Bishop of Derby. (Charles Abraham was Bishop Suffragan at the time.)

c1949: The WW2 inscription was added.

14th December 2011: The memorial was surveyed by Eric Naden. It was in fair condition and well cared for.
References

Derby Telegraph. 18th January 1922, p3: An article on the unveiling ceremony.

Derby Telegraph. 23rd January 1922, p2: A report on the unveiling ceremony.
Comments

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