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Memorial
Title
Clay Cross
Images
Setting Monument Inscription WW1 plaques a WW1 plaques b WW1 plaques c
WW1 plaques d WW1 plaques e WW1 plaques f WW1 plaques a WW1 plaques b
Locations
Last known location:
Roadside
High St (A61)
Clay Cross
Derbyshire
Nearest postcode:
S45 9DZ

NGR:
SK 39161 63299 ±5m
Location details:
On the western side of the road outside the entrance to St Bartholomew's Church.
Type
Overall type: Cross.


Overall condition: Good. The inscription is legible.


Description:

A limestone cross on an octagonal pedestal, plinth and three stepped base accompanied by a series of bronze plaques mounted on the adjacent churchyard wall.

The potent cross is octagonal in section with an inverted bronze sword on the 6 o'clock face and the tapered shaft has a moulded octagonal foot. The cross surmounts a plain octagonal pedestal with an incised inscription on the 6 o'clock face in upright capital roman lettering. The pedestal surmounts an octagonal plinth with hollowed top and a plain octagonal three stepped base.

The six bronze plaques each have oblong frames containing several plates which bear the names in raised upright capital block lettering. It is presumed that four plaques were originally installed following WW1 and the further two added after WW2 but the latter were inserted within the earlier group so that they do not present a contiguous list of names.


Components:


Component Material Height Width Depth Condition
Cross Limestone c4000 c1000 c550 Good
Pedestal Limestone 730 1160 1160 Good
Plinth Limestone 210 1245 1245 Good
Base Limestone 1000 3760 3760 Good
Sword Bronze c2400 c550 c50 Good
Plaque Bronze 645 790 - Good
Plaque Bronze 765 790 - Good
Plaque Bronze 760 1940 - Good
Plaque Bronze 765 1940 - Good
Plaque Bronze 765 790 - Good
Plaque Bronze 645 790 - Good
Dimensions in millimetres ±5mm unless stated otherwise.
Inscription
6 o'clock face of pedestal: IN MEMORY OF THOSE
WHO FOUGHT
AND DIED
IN TWO WORLD WARS
1914 - 1918
1939 - 1945
THEIR NAME LIVETH
FOR EVERMORE
For transcription purposes the plaques have been labelled a to f, left to right. Plaques a, c, d and f are for WW1; plaques b and e are WW2.

Plaque a:

(WW1 Names)

Plaque c:

(WW1 Names)

Plaque d:

(WW1 Names)

Plaque f:

(WW1 Names)

Plaque b:

WORLD WAR II.
1939. - 1945.
(Names)

Plaque e:

WORLD WAR II.
1939. - 1945.
(Names)

Conflicts and people commemorated

Conflict First World War (1914-1919) Second World War (1939-1945)
Number died 158  35
Number served and returned   0   0
Total names 158  35
Administration
Custodians:-

Local Authorities:
After WW1: Clay Cross Parish Council; Clay Lane (later Clay Cross) Urban District Council; Derbyshire County Council
From 1974: Clay Cross Parish Council; North East Derbyshire District Council; Derbyshire County Council.
History
Early 1920s: The cross cost £729 11s 5d raised mainly by public subscription supplemented by local fundraising events.

August 2010: The memorial lies within the Clay Cross Conservation Area designated on that date.

16 May, 2013: The memorial was surveyed by Roy Branson and Alan Willmot. It was in good condition.
References
Nottingham Evening Post; 21st August, 1925; p6; A report on the funding for the cross.

The Picture the Past web page has an early photograph of the cross when it was quite new.

The Panoramio web page a photograph of the cross.

The Clay Cross Genealogy and Local History web page has a namelist for the memorial.

Chesterfield Sherwoods on the Somme web page has a photograph of the cross.

The Geograph web page has a photograph of the cross.

The Military Images web page has photographs of the plaques.

Comments
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