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Memorial Title

Staff of Midland Railway - South African War

Summary

Derbyshire War Memorials: a description of a South African war memorial to the staff of the Midland Railway in the Midland Station, Litchurch, Derby.
Images
Setting Column 1 Column 2 Column 3 Column 4 Wyvern Click on a thumbnail to see a larger image.
Further images may be available on request.
Locations
Last known location:
Platform 1
Derby Midland Railway
 Station
Railway Terrace
Litchurch
Derby
Nearest postcode:
DE1 2RU

NGR:
SK 36192 35550
(From online digital mapping.)
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Location details:
On a brick wall of platform 1 near the entrance from the ticket hall.

Previous location:
Derby Midland Railway
 Station (Demolished)
Railway Terrace
Litchurch
Derby
Nearest postcode:
DE1 2RU

NGR:
SK 36163 35537
(From online digital mapping.)
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Location details:
The memorial was originally located in the main entrance to the station opposite the General Manager's and Secretary's doors. The memorial was relocated when the original station was completely rebuilt about 1985.
Type
Overall type: Plaque.


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

Description:

A nowy-headed brass plaque originally surrounded by green faience tiles but now with a wooden frame. The plaque has a raised narrow border with the Wyvern crest of the Midland Railway in relief at the head. The commemoration is in a frieze at the head and the names are in four panels below. The inscription is in raised upright capital lettering polished to contrast the metallic colour against the black painted stippled ground. The frame is of plain flat wood, painted white.

Glossary
Components:

Component Material Height Width Depth Condition
Plaque Brass 990 2750 - Fair
Frame Ceramic - - - Lost
Frame Wood 1180 2940 20 Fair
Dimensions in millimetres ±5mm unless stated otherwise.
Inscription
Heading:
IN MEMORY OF THE FOLLOWING MEMBERS OF THE MIDLAND RAILWAY COMPANY’S STAFF, WHO LOST THEIR LIVES
IN THE SERVICE OF THEIR COUNTRY IN THE WAR IN SOUTH AFRICA 1899-1902.

Column 1:

         ARMY RESERVISTS.
LCE. SGT. HAMMOND, LEICESTER. 2ND. WEST YORKS.
CORPL. TANSILL, DERBY. 2ND. GLOUCESTER
CORPL. SEARES, LONDON. 2ND. DORSET.
CORPL PEELING, STEETON. 65TH.BTT. RYL. FIELD ARTY..
LCE. CORPL. OSBORNE, BRADFORD. 1ST. WEST RIDING.
LCE. CORPL. RUTTER, BROMSGROVE. 2ND. WORCESTER.
LCE. CORPL. SMITH, LEEDS. 1ST. WEST RIDING.
LCE. CORPL. DUNKLEY, LEICESTER. 1ST. LEICESTER.
BOMBR. TOMLINS, GLOUCESTER. 28TH.BTY.RYL.FIELD ARTY..
DRUMR. VARLEY, DERBY. 1ST. DERBY.
PTE. MORAN, BIRMINGHAM. 2ND. DK. CORNWALL'S L.I.
PTE. PREST, BRADFORD. 2ND. WEST YORKS.
PTE. FOLEY, BRISTOL. 2ND. SOMERSET L.I.
PTE. HEWLETT, BRISTOL. RYL. A.M. CORPS.
PTE. MELLOR, BRISTOL. 2ND. NORTH STAFFS.
PTE. WILLIAMS, BRISTOL. 2ND. GLOUCESTER.
PTE. HALL. BURTON. 6TH. DRAGOON GUARDS.

Column 2:

PTE. YANDELL, BURTON. 2ND. NORTHAMPTON.
PTE. ALLEN, CAMP HILL. 2ND. CHESHIRE.
PTE. ALDINGTON, COALVILLE. 2ND. GREN GUARDS.
PTE. HICKLING, DERBY. 1ST. DERBY.
PTE. MILLER, DERBY. 2ND LANCS. FUSRS..
PTE. POWNELL, DERBY DEPÔT NORTHLD. FUSRS.
PTE. TAYLOR, DERBY. 3RD. KING'S ROYAL RIFLES.
PTE. WALKER, DERBY. 10TH. HUSSARS.
PTE. DAY, DOE HILL. 2ND. DK. CORNWALL'S L.I.
PTE. BAILEY, GLOUCESTER. 2ND. SOMERSET L.I.
PTE. LITTLEFORD, GREAT BRIDGE. 2ND. SHROPSHIRE L.I.
PTE SPOWAGE, ILKESTON. 2ND. RYL. SCOTS FUSRS..
PTE. JACKSON, ILKLEY. 2ND. WEST YORKS.
PTE. BARKER, KETTERING. 1ST. SUFFOLK.
PTE. KING, KIRKBY. 1ST. RYL. SCOTS M.I.
PTE. LANE, LANGLEY MILL. 1ST. WEST YORKS.
PTE. CURLEY, LEEDS. 2ND. WEST YORKS.
PTE. RUDD, LEEDS. 2ND. COLDSREAM GUARDS.
PTE. BROWN, LEICESTER. 2ND. EAST KENT.

Column 3:

PTE. BUTLER, LEICESTER. 6TH. WORCESTER.
PTE. BRADLEY, SOMERS TOWN. 2ND. RIFLE BRIGADE.
PTE. DOWNEY, ST. PANCRAS. 2ND. RYL. LANCASTER.
PTE. McKERN, ST. PANCRAS. ARMY SERVICE CORPS.
PTE. HILL, WHITECROSS ST.. 5TH. RYL. A.M. CORPS.
PTE. MELTON, KENTISH TOWN. 13TH. HUSSARS.
PTE. PYWELL, KENTISH TOWN. 2ND. GREN. GUARDS.
PTE. OWEN, MANSFIELD. 18TH. HUSSARS.
PTE. SHADLOCK, MASBOROUGH. 2ND. NORFOLK.
PTE. CODY, NEW MILLS. 2ND. SOMERSET L.I.
PTE. BAUGHAN, NORMANTON. 1ST. OXFORD L.I.
PTE. DARLING, PINXTON. 1ST. COLDSTREAM GDS..
PTE. CONSTABLE, ST. ALBANS. 2ND. BEDFORD.
PTE. WRIGHT, SKIPTON. 2ND. NORTHAMPTON.
PTE. KENNY, SHEFFIELD. YORKSHIRE L.I.
PTE. GREEN, THORNTON. 1ST. YORK & LANCR..
PTE. AYLOTT, TOTON. 2ND. HAMPSHIRE.
PTE. BROWN, TOTON. 2ND. RYL. IRISH FUSRS..
DVR. BALL, WALSALL. 78TH. BTY. RYL. FIELD ARTY...

Column 4:

        MILITIA, YEOMANRY,
         & VOLUNTEERS.
SERG. CURRIE, LEEDS. 3RD. YORK MILITIA.
CORPL. WEATHERLEY, NEWARK, 4TH. DERBY MILITIA.
PTE. GARDNER, BIRMINGHAM. 5TH. WARWICK MILITIA.
PTE. HARRISON, BROMSGROVE. 2ND. WORCESTER MILITIA.
PTE. HAYES, LENTON. 4TH. DERBY MILITIA.
PTE. HOWARD, MANCHESTER. 3RD. LANCS. MILITIA.
SERG. THURMAN, DERBY. 12TH. CO. (SOUTH NOTTS.) I.Y.
TPR. ELLSE, DERBY. 8TH. CO. (DERBY) I.Y.
TPR. WALPOLE, DERBY. 8TH. CO. (DERBY) I.Y.
TPR. HALL, WIGSTON SOUTH. 6TH. CO. (LEICESTER) I.Y.
ORDY. BROWN, BELPER. ST JOHN'S AMBL. BRIGADE.
PTE. WATTS. BRISTOL. 2ND SOMERSET L.I.
PTE. CLEMENTS, KENTISH TOWN, ST. JOHN'S A.B.

Conflicts and people named:
Conflict Second Boer War
(1899-1902)
Totals
Action Unspecified
Number died 68 68
Number served and returned  0  0
Total names 68 68
Administration
Custodian: Presumed to be shared between the owners of the station, Network Rail, and the managers, East Midlands Trains.

Local authorities:
From 19th Century: 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
1902: The memorial was designed by Charles Trubshaw, company architect.

18th September, 1903: The memorial was unveiled at an informal ceremony attended by several company directors and managers.

c1985: The memorial was resited when the railway station was rebuilt.

Unknown date: The memorial was included on the "Local List" of features of planning importance.

15th December, 2008: The memorial was surveyed by Roy Branson and Alan Willmot. It was in fair condition and cared for.
References
Derby Telegraph; 19th September, 1903; p3, col5: a report of the unveiling ceremony.
Comments
The wyvern is a mythical winged serpent. It was used as the crest in the Midland Railway's armorial bearings and used extensively as a badge by the company.

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