Derbyshire War Memorials
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St James's Church

Summary

Derbyshire War Memorials: a description of a WW1 and WW2 war memorial board at St James's Church, Smisby Derbyshire.
Images
Setting Memorial WW1 names WW2 names Makers details Click on a thumbnail to see a larger image.
Further images may be available on request.
Locations
Last known location:
St James's Church
Annwell La
Smisby
Derbyshire
Nearest postcode:
LE65 2TA

NGR:
SK 34801 19129
(From online digital mapping.)
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Location details:
The church is at the junction of Annwell La with Forties La and Main St. The memorial is inside, on the south wall of the south aisle.
Type
Overall type: Board.


Overall condition: Fair. The inscription is legible and the memorial is cared for.

Description:

A very elaborate carved oaken board bearing WW1 names and plaques with WW2 names and maker's details.

At the very top is a miniature swan's-neck pediment with a victoria cross in relief within a roundel at the centre. Below the pediment is a small cornice with a repeated leaf motif. Below the cornice is a much larger tableau with an inverted segmental panel at the centre bearing a bust of an angel in relief and with sprays of foliage, also in relief, and a finial to each side. Below the tableau is a moulded cornice with a variety of repeated motifs.

At the head of the main panel is a frieze with a latin cross within a wreath at the centre, supported by a pair of reclining mermaids with elaborately curled tails and with four small bosses arranged vertically to each side, all in relief. To each side of the frieze is a lion's face in high relief. A central vertical panel depicts the crucifixion scene in relief and this is flanked by a pair of panels bearing ecclesiastical figures standing before what appear to be dead trees with ribbons wound around them bearing the names of the WW1 fallen. The three panels are flanked by narrow vertical panels each bearing a vase with acanthus foliage ascending from it, and with other unidentified foliage and objects intertwined.

Below the main panels are a relatively plain frieze and cornices with two brass plaques attached and with some groovework at the edges.

Glossary
Components:

Component Material Height Width Depth Condition
Board (overall) Oak 1680 1110 200 Fair
Plaque (WW2 names) Brass 40 205 2 Fair
Plaque (Maker) Brass 40 100 2 Fair
Dimensions in millimetres ±5mm unless stated otherwise.
Inscription
Left panel: CPL. THOMAS INSLEY
RFN. HENRY WALKER
Right panel: LCP. ERNEST ARCHER
PTE. JAMES SMART


WW2 plaque:
IN PROUD REMEMBRANCE OF
GEORGE WILLIAM BAILEY, GEORGE THOMAS BRITON, PERCY WILFRED BURROWS
WHO GAVE THEIR LIVES IN WORLD WAR II 1939-1945.
ALSO OF THE ABOVE
WHO DIED FOR THEIR COUNTRY IN WORLD WAR I OF 1914-1918.


Maker's plaque:
THIS MEMORIAL WAS CARVED
AND GIVEN BY
WILLIAM BAILEY
OF THIS PARISH.

Conflicts and people named:
Conflict First World War (1914-1919) Second World War (1939-1945) Totals
Action
Number died 4 3 7
Number served and returned 0 0 0
Total names 4 3 7
Administration
Custodian: Presumed to be the parochial church council

Local authorities:
From WW1: Smisby Parish Council; Hartshorne and Seals Rural District Council; Derbyshire County Council.
From WW2: Smisby Parish Council; Repton Rural District Council; Derbyshire County Council.
From 1974: Smisby Parish Council; South Derbyshire District Council; Derbyshire County Council.
History
1920s: The memorial was carved by William Bailey of Smisby and donated to the church by him.

1940s: The WW2 plaque was added.

19th January, 1967: The church was listed Grade I, Heritage List for England number 1096467.

13th July, 1978: The church lies within the Smisby Conservation Area first designated on that date.

6th December 2016: The memorial was surveyed by Roy Branson and Alan Willmot. It was in fair condition and cared for.
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