Derbyshire War Memorials
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Memorial Title

S Barker

Summary

Derbyshire War Memorials: a description of a WW1 war memorial comprising additional lettering on a family gravestone commemorating Sybray Barker in St John the Evangelist's Churchyard, Ridgeway, Derbyshire.
Images
Setting Grave Headstone
Locations
Last known location:
St John the Evangelist's
 Churchyard
Main Rd
Ridgeway
Derbyshire
Nearest postcode:
S12 3XX

NGR:
SK 40132 81230 ±5m
Location details:
The church is on the western side of the road. The memorial is behind the church at the top of the steep bank in the woodland wildlife area.
Type
Overall type: Addition to gravestone.


Overall condition: Derelict. 


Description:

An addition to the lettering on a family gravestone. The sandstone headstone has a shallow arch top, projecting shoulders and an incised inscription in upright capital roman lettering. The headstone is accompanied by chamfered kerbs bearing a further inscription and the maker's details at the foot.
Components:

Component Material Height Width Depth Condition
Headstone Sandstone 930 815 100 Derelict
Kerbs Sandstone 450 860 1860 Derelict
Dimensions in millimetres ±5mm unless stated otherwise.
Inscription
Headstone:
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
WILLIAM,
THE BELOVED HUSBAND OF
FLORENCE BARKER,
WHO DEPARTED THIS LIFE SEPT. 21ST. 1926,
AGED 63 YEARS.
ALSO OF SYBRAY, SON OF THE ABOVE
WHO WAS KILLED IN ACTION IN FRANCE JULY 1ST.
1916, AGED 21 YEARS.
ALSO OF FLORENCE,
BELOVED WIFE OF THE ABOVE
WHO DIED MAY 9TH. 1945, AGED 76 YEARS
East kerb:
AT REST
Foot of kerbs:
A. GILMAN.
319. CITY RD.
SHEFD.
Administration
Custodian: Presumed to be the Barker family.

Local authorities:
From WW1: Eckington Parish Council; Chesterfield Rural District Council; Derbyshire County Council
From 1974: Eckington Parish Council; North East Derbyshire District Council; Derbyshire County Council
History
4th May, 2016: The memorial was surveyed by Roy Branson and Alan Willmot. The memorial was in reasonable condition, intact and clean, and the inscription surprisingly crisp, but the grave is in an area completely abandoned with bushes and trees growing unconstrained in an increasingly impenetrable wildlife habitat. Under the circumstances the memorial has to be considered derelict.
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