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Memorial Title

L Smith and W Smith

Summary

Derbyshire War Memorials:
A description of a WW2 war memorial inscription to L Smith and W Smith added to a gravestone in St Edmund's Churchyard, Castleton
Images

Setting Grave Inscription Inscription
Locations

Last known location:
St Edmund's Churchyard
Back St
Castleton
Derbyshire
Nearest postcode:
S33 8WH

NGR:
SK 15026 82921 ±5m
Location details:
To the north of the church.
Type

Overall type: Addition to gravestone.


Overall condition: Poor. The inscription is barely legible.


Description:

An addition to a family gravestone comprising a concrete headstone accompanied by kerbstones. The headstone has a flat top with rebated and rounded shoulders and the stepped oblong kerbs have a vase inset at the foot. The inscriptions are inlaid on the face of the headstone and the upper face of the kerbs in upright capital block lettering.
Components:

Component Material Height Width Depth Condition
Headstone Concrete 615 680 75 Fair
Kerbs Concrete 140 885 2070 Poor
Dimensions in millimetres ±5mm unless stated otherwise.
Inscription

Headstone: IN L[O]VING MEMORY OF
A DEAR HUSBAND AND TWO SONS
LEONARD SMITH
WHO FELL ASLEEP 16 JANUARY 1962
AGED 69 YEARS.

South kerb: [LESLIE KILLED IN ACTION 1944. AGED 20.]

North kerb: [WALTER KILLED IN ACTION 1945. AGED 19.]

[One letter missing from the headstone, most letters missing from the kerbs.]

Conflicts and people named:
Conflict Second World War (1939-1945)
Number died 2
Number served and returned 0
Total names 2
Administration

Custodian: Presumed to be the Smith family.

Local authorities:
From WW2: Castleton Parish Council; Chapel en le Frith Rural District Council and Derbyshire County Council.
From 1974: Castleton Parish Council; High Peak Borough Council and Derbyshire County Council.
History

17th April 1951: The memorial lies within the Peak District National Park designated on that date.

23rd January 1976: The memorial lies within the Castleton Conservation Area designated on that date.

9th October 2015: The memorial was surveyed by Roy Branson and Alan Willmot. It was in good condition and well cared for, although some of the kerbstones had been slightly displaced.
References

Conservation Area Appraisal, Peak District National Park Authority, January 2010.
Comments

Page © Roy Branson