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Memorial Title

Morton

Summary

Derbyshire War Memorials: a description of a WW1 and WW2 war memorial cross at Morton, Derbyshire.
Images
Setting Memorial Inscription
Locations
Last known location:
Roadside
Main Rd (B6014)
Morton
Derbyshire
Nearest postcode:
DE55 6GS

NGR:
SK 40809 60140 ±5m
Location details:
Next to the Sitwell Arms, opposite the junction with Church La.
Type
Overall type: Cross.


Overall condition: Fair. The inscription is legible.


Description:

A Rowsley sandstone cross and pedestal. The square-section cross has a sword of peace in relief on the 6 o'clock face and the shaft has tapered chamfers down to a moulded square foot. It surmounts a battered square pedestal and upright square plinth and base. The 6 o'clock face of the pedestal has a trapezoidal recessed panel which is presumed to have originally borne the WW1 inscription and names, but which now contains a trapezoidal bronze plaque bearing a composite inscription and namelist for both WW1 and WW2 in raised upright capital block lettering. The whole is located within a raised crescent-shaped paved compound with a stone boundary wall at the back and iron railings at the front, into which a gate was inserted at a later date.
Components:

Component Material Height Width Depth Condition
Cross Sandstone c3500 c1200 450 Fair
Pedestal Sandstone 1150 1050 1050 Fair
Plinth Sandstone 310 1330 1330 Fair
Base Sandstone 175 2720 2720 Fair
Plaque Bronze 1045 890 15 Fair
Paving Sandstone - c8000 c3000 Fair
Railings Sandstone c1100 c8000 c50 Fair
Dimensions in millimetres ±5mm unless stated otherwise.
Inscription
THE GLORIOUS DEAD
1914 - 1919.
Conflicts and people named:
Conflict First World War (1914-1919) Second World War (1939-1945)
Number died 21 12
Number served and returned  0  0
Total names 21 12
BAILEY HAROLD, R.A.M.C.
BIRKS GEORGE, NOTTS & DERBYS.
BLOUNT FRANK, NORTH STAFFS.
BOWLER BENJAMIN, NOTTS & DERBYS.
BRYAN VICTOR, R.F.A.
GRAY ALEXANDER, K.O.S.Bs.
GREENSMITH EDWARD, R.Es.
GUY PERCY, NOTTS & DERBYS.
MALLENDER PERCY, GREN. GUARDS.
MOSLEY JAMES WALTERS, LINCs. REGT.
PARKS SAMUEL, L.Fs.
SELLARS ALFRED, NOTTS & DERBYS.
SHAKESPEARE EDWARD, GREN. GUARDS.
SHARDLOW ERNEST, NOTTS & DERBYS.
STERLAND FREDERICK, R.A.M.C.
THOMPSON ALBERT, NOTTS & DERBYS.
THOMPSON WILLIAM, K.O.S.Bs.
WALKER ISAAC, WELSH REGT.
WHEELER ALBERT, NOTTS & DERBYS.
WHEELER GEORGE, GREN GUARDS.
WHITE JOHN, DUBLIN FLs.
1939 - 1945.
BAILEY WALTER, R.A.F.
BOYLE JOHN, PARATROOP.
BRADLEY RONALD, NOTTS & DERBYS.
HAWKINS CLIFFORD, R.A.F.
HIPPEY JOHN GEOFFREY, R.N.
JACKSON WILLIAM, R.A.F.
MOORE DAVID, SOUTH STAFFS.
MOSLEY FRANK, R.A.F.
SHARPE THOMAS, M.B.E. INDIA CIVIL SERVICE.
TIMMS JOHN, R.A.F.
TIMMS VICKIE, R.A.F.
WEBSTER SIDNEY, R.N.
Administration
Custodian: Morton Parish Council.

Local authorities:
From WW1: Morton Parish Council; Chesterfield Rural District Council; Derbyshire County Council.
From 1974: Morton Parish Council; North East Derbyshire District Council; Derbyshire County Council.
History
c1920: Land for the memorial was donated by Miss Gadsby and the memorial was procured and erected. It was funded by public subscriptions and by fund-raising events such as whist drives and dances.

1940s: The bronze plaque incorporating the WW2 names is presumed to have been added.

1953: Money raised in the village for the 1953 Coronation celebrations were donated to the Memorial Committee for the provision of steps and entrance gates to the memorial. They were made and installed by a local craftsman.

2012: Conservation repairs included cleaning, re-pointing using lime mortar, re-laying paving, stripping and re-painting railings and providing Smartwater protection to metalwork. The work was supported by the War Memorials Trust with a grant of £476.

28th April, 2016: The memorial was surveyed by Roy Branson and Alan Willmot. It was in fair condition.
References
Derbyshire Courier; 31st January 1920, p8: a report of the fundraising activities.

Morton Parish Council war memorial website.

War memorials Trust Grants Showcase
Comments
The site is vested in the parish council and the memorial is cared for by a committee appointed by a parish meeting.

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