Derbyshire War Memorials
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Memorial Title

J Brailsford

Summary

Derbyshire War Memorials: a description of a WW2 war memorial to J Brailsford comprising an addition to a gravestone in St Leonard's Churchyard, Shirland.
Images

Setting Grave Headstone Inscription Detail
Locations

Last known location:
St Leonard's Churchyard
Main Rd (A61)
Shirland
Derbyshire
Nearest postcode:
DE55 6BB

NGR:
SK 40056 58525 ±5m
Location details:
Near the northeast corner of the middle plot, near the end of Church St. The A61 is called Chesterfield Rd on some maps.
Type

Overall type: Addition to gravestone.


Overall condition: Fair. The inscription is legible.


Description:

An addition to a headstone on a family grave. The memorial comprises a low battered granite headstone accompanied by oblong kerbs. The face of the headstone has raised oblong panels at each side and the inscription is inlaid between them in upright capital block lettering.
Components:

Component Material Height Width Depth Condition
Headstone Granite 490 870 160 Fair
Kerbs Granite 150 870 1950 Fair
Dimensions in millimetres ±5mm unless stated otherwise.
Inscription

IN LOVING [M]EMORY OF
MY DEAR HUSBAND
CHARLES BRAILSFORD
DIED SEP. 3. 1941, AGED 66 YEARS.
ALSO HIS SON JAMES,
DIED ON ACTIVE SERVICE IN
THE MIDDLE EAST [MAY 16. 1943,]
AGED 25 YEARS.
AT REST.

[Some letters are missing from the inscription.

Also see the comment at the foot of this page.]

Conflicts and people named:
Conflict Second World War (1939-1945)
Number died 1
Number served and returned 0
Total names 1
Administration

Custodian: Presumed to be the Brailsford family.

Local authorities:
From WW1: Shirland and Higham Parish Council; Chesterfield Rural District Council; Derbyshire County Council.
From 1974: Shirland and Higham Parish Council; North East Derbyshire District Council; Derbyshire County Council.
History

8th July 2015: The memorial was surveyed by Roy Branson and Alan Willmot. It was in fair condition.
References

Comments

The Commonwealth War Graves Commission do not have a record matching the inscription on this gravestone, but they do record details of Pte James Brailsford, 4979720, 1st Battn Sherwood Foresters (Notts and Derby Regiment) who died on 16th May 1942 aged 25 and is commemorated at the Kantara War Memorial Cemetery, Egypt.
Page © Roy Branson