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Memorial Title

A Silkstone

Summary

Derbyshire War Memorials: a description of a WW1 war memorial to A Silkstone comprising an addition to a gravestone in St Leonard's Churchyard, Shirland.
Images

Setting Gravestone
Locations

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

NGR:
SK 40025 58473 ±5m
Location details:
West of the path from Church St to the cemetery and just south of the path from the church through the churchyard. The A61 is called Chesterfield Rd on some maps.
Type

Overall type: Addition to gravestone.


Overall condition: Fair. The inscription is legible but deteriorating.

Description:

An addition to a headstone on a family grave. The memorial comprises a tall white marble headstone with a pointed arch top and recessed sides. At the head is a triangular panel containing a design of foliage and the opening inscription in relief. The remaining inscription is inlaid mainly in upright capital block lettering and the headstone surmounts an oblong base with a bevelled top bearing a further inscription.
Components:

Component Material Height Width Depth Condition
Headstone White marble 1510 680 75 Fair
Base White marble 200 835 275 Fair
Dimensions in millimetres ±5mm unless stated otherwise.
Inscription

Headstone: IN
LOVING MEMORY OF
RUTH,
THE BELOVED WIFE OF
WILLIAM SILKSTONE
WHO DIED DECR 17TH 1899,
AGED 54 YEARS.
HER END WAS PEACE.
ALSO HARRY,
SON OF THE ABOVE
WHO DIED NOVR 6TH 1879,
AGED 11 MONTHS,
ALSO EMMA,
DAUGHTER OF THE ABOVE
WHO DIED AUGT 6TH 1880
AGED 4 YEARS
AND 10 MONTHS
ALSO GEORGE ERNEST,
SON OF THE ABOVE
WHO DIED JUNE 15TH 1887,
AGED 11 MONTHS.
ALFRED, SON, KILLED IN FRANCE OCT. 4. 1917.
ELLEN DIED APR 23,
1927.

Base:

ELIZABETH DIED NOV 24 1921.
WILLIAM DIED [... ...] 1923.

[Some letters are illegible.]

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 Silkstone 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

9th September 2015: The memorial was surveyed by Roy Branson and Alan Willmot. It was in fair condition.
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