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Memorial Title

Pte J Eyre

Summary

Derbyshire War Memorials:
A description of a WW1 war memorial inscription to Pte J Eyre added to a gravestone in St Edmund's Churchyard, Castleton
Images

Screen Grave Inscription
Locations

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

NGR:
SK 15005 82908±5m
Location details:
To the west of the tower, near the gate from Castle St.
Type

Overall type: Addition to gravestone.


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

Description:

An addition to a family gravestone comprising a grey mottled ceramic tablet and similar kerbstones. The tablet is in the form of a reclining unfurled scroll on a plinth in the centre of the grave, and an assemblage of kerbstones around the perimeter, several of which have inscriptions on the external chamfers. The inscriptions are all incised in a mixture of upright and sloping capital roman lettering. The whole is supported on a sandstone foundation which has the maker's name incised at the eastern end.
Components:

Component Material Height Width Depth Condition
Tablet Ceramic 340 385 510 Good
Kerbs Ceramic 200 900 2000 Good
Foundation Sandstone - 900 2000 Good
Dimensions in millimetres ±5mm unless stated otherwise.
Inscription

Tablet: IN LOVING MEMORY OF
JOHN HENRY,
THE BELOVED HUSBAND OF
MARY EYRE,
WHO DIED OCT. 15 1937,
AGED 78 YEARS.
ALSO THE ABOVE
MARY EYRE,
WHO DIED MAY 19TH. 1939,
AGED 87 YEARS.
"RE-UNITED."

South kerb: ALSO EDITH ELIZABETH EYRE
DAUGHTER OF THE ABOVE
WHO DIED APRIL 18: 1973 AGED 90 YEARS.

East kerb: ALSO PTE. J. EYRE, GRENADIER GUARDS
KILLED IN FRANCE, DEC. 30TH. 1916,
AGED 25 YEARS.

Eastern side of foundation: M. KAY LTD.
SHEFLD.

Conflicts and people named:
Conflict First World War (1914-1919)
Number died 1
Number served and returned 0
Total names 1
Administration

Custodian: Presumed to be the Eyre family.

Local authorities:
From WW1: 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

Unknown date: The memorial was manufactured and installed by M Kay Ltd, monumental masons of Sheffield..

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

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