Derbyshire War Memorials
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Memorial Title

E J Birkinshaw

Summary

Derbyshire War Memorials: A description of a WW1 war memorial to Ernest Birkinshaw on a gravestone in St Paul's Churchyard, Little Eaton, Derbyshire.

Images

Setting Grave 6 o'clock inscription 3 o'clock inscription
Locations

Last known location:
St Paul's Churchyard
Vicarage La
Little Eaton
Derbyshire
Nearest postcode:
DE21 5EA

NGR:
SK 36103 41524 ±5m
Location details:
Northwest of the church.
Type

Overall type: Addition to gravestone.


Overall condition: Fair. The inscription is legible but parts of the memorial have been dismantled

Description:

An addition to a granite memorial stone on a family grave. The memorial comprises a plain latin cross on a three-stepped base accompanied by oblong kerbstones. The base has an inlaid inscription in upright capital block lettering on the 6 o'clock and 3 o'clock faces and the maker's name is inlaid at the foot of the kerbs. However, the cross has been detached from the base and laid on the surface of the grave.
Components:

Component Material Height Width Depth Condition
Cross Granite 1000 515 120 Displaced
Base Granite 530 650 560 Fair
Kerbs Granite 190 915 2140 Fair
Dimensions in millimetres ±5mm unless stated otherwise.
Inscription

6 o'clock face of base:
Conflicts and people named:
Conflict First World War (1914-1919)
Number died 1
Number served and returned 0
Total names 1
IN
LOVING MEMORY
OF
[F]REDERICK JOHN BIRKINSHAW,
DIED NOV. 8TH. 1905,
AGED 63 YEARS.
ALSO OF ELIZA, [WIDOW] OF ABOVE
DIED DEC. 29TH. 1926, [AGED] 74 YEARS.
3 o'clock face of base::
ALSO
OF THEIR SON
ERNEST JOHN,
DIED ON ACTIVE SERVICE
MARCH 5TH. 1918, AGED 39 YEARS.
BURIED HAWTHORN CEMETERY, MONTREAL.
Foot of kerbs:
GONE HOM[E]
            F. GARRATT

[A few letters are missing.]
Administration

Custodian: Presumed to be the Birkinshaw family.

Local authorities:
From WW1: Little Eaton Parish Council; Shardlow Rural District Council; Derbyshire County Council.
From 1974: Little Eaton Parish Council; Erewash Borough Council; Derbyshire County Council.
History

Unknown date: The memorial was made by F Garratt, monumental mason.

Unknown date: The memorial lies within the Little Eaton Conservation Area.

24th September 2015: The memorial was surveyed by Roy Branson and Alan Willmot. It was in fair condition although the cross had been displaced, the ground had settled under the front of the base causing it to tilt forward slightly, and a few letters were missing from the inscription.
References

Comments

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