Derbyshire War Memorials
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W F S Wells

Summary
Derbyshire War Memorials: a description of a WW1 war memorial to William Wells comprising additional lettering on a family gravestone at St James's Churchyard, Shardlow, Derbyshire.
Images
Setting Grave Inscription
Locations
Last known location:
St James's Churchyard
London Rd (B5010)
Shardlow
Derbyshire
Nearest postcode:
DE72 2GP

NGR:
SK 43809 30350 ±5m
Location details:
Northeast of the church close to the road near the vehicular gates.
Type
Overall type: Addition to gravestone.


Overall condition: Fair. The inscription is legible.


Description:

An addition to the lettering on a white marble headstone on a family grave. The headstone has a trefoil arch top with moulded borders, recessed sides with attached columns and a spray of foliage in relief in a trefoil panel at the head. The inlaid inscription is in upright sentence case gothic and upright capital lettering.
Components:

Component Material Height Width Depth Condition
Headstone White marble 1270 770 100 Fair
Dimensions in millimetres ±5mm unless stated otherwise.
Inscription
In Loving Memory of
JAMES WELLS,
WHO DIED DECR. 9. 1881,
Aged 28 years.
ALSO OF ANNIE LEWIS, HIS BELOVED WIFE
WHO DIED MAY 23. 1912,
Aged 63 years.
ALSO OF THEIR CHILDREN,
JAMES,
WHO DIED JULY 20 1893,
Aged 13 years.
MINNIE,
WHO DIED JULY 9. 1910,
Aged 28 years.
WILLIAM FREDERICK SAMUEL,
WHO DIED MARCH 6. 1917,
Aged 39 years.
Conflicts and people named:
Conflict First World War (1914-1919) Totals
Number died 1 1
Number served and returned 0 0
Total names 1 1
Administration
Custodian: Presumed to be the Wells family.

Local authorities:
From WW1: Shardlow and Great Wilne Parish Council; Shardlow Rural District Council; Derbyshire County Council.
From 1974: Shardlow and Great Wilne Parish Council; South Derbyshire District Council; Derbyshire County Council.
History
25th May, 2016: The memorial was surveyed by Roy Branson and Alan Willmot. It was in fair condition.
References
Comments
Although the inscription on the headstone does not refer to William Wells being a casualty of conflict, he is buried in the adjacent CWGC War Grave.

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