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Memorial Title

J F Smedley

Summary
Derbyshire War Memorials: a description of WW2 war memorial altar gates to John Smedley in All Saints' Church, Sawley, Derbyshire.
Images
Memorial Inscription Click on a thumbnail to see a larger image.
Further images may be available on request.
Locations
Last known location:
All Saints' Church
Tamworth Rd (B6540)
Sawley
Derbyshire
Nearest postcode:
NG10 3AT

NGR:
SK 47249 31366
(From online digital mapping.)
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Location details:
Before the high altar.
Type
Overall type: Altar gates.


Overall condition: Good, the inscription is legible.


Description:

An oaken altar rail with central gates. The moulded and carved rail is supported on spaced pairs of columns, each linked by a moulded plinth. At the centre is a pair of hinged rails of similar design forming gates opening inwards towards the altar. The rail of the left gate bears a brass plaque with an incised inscription in upright capital block lettering coloured white.

Glossary
Components:

Component Material Height Width Depth Condition
Altar rail
(overall)
Oak 690 150 80 Good
Plaque Brass 20 230 2 Good
Dimensions in millimetres ±5mm unless stated otherwise.
Inscription
THESE COMMUNION GATES WERE GIVEN BY MR. AND MRS. FRED SMEDLEY
TO THE GLORY OF GOD AND IN MEMORY OF THEIR SON, JOHN FREDERICK SMEDLEY
AGED 21 YEARS, KILLED IN ACTION IN NORMANDY, 27TH. AUGUST, 1944.

Conflicts and people named:
Conflict Second World War (1939-1945) Totals
Action Not specified
Number died 1 1
Number served and returned 0 0
Total names 1 1
Administration
Custodian: Presumed to be the parochial church council.

Local authorities:
From WW1: Sawley with Wilsthorpe Parish Council; Shardlow (later South East Derbyshire) Rural District Council; Derbyshire County Council.
From 1974: Sawley Parish Council; Erewash Borough Council; Derbyshire County Council.
History and Conservation
22nd October, 1962: The church was listed Grade I, Heritage List for England number 1204277.

Unknown date: The church lies within the Sawley Conservation Area.

28th August, 2017: The memorial was surveyed by Roy Branson and Alan Willmot. It was in good condition and the inscription was legible.
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