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St Anne's Church - WW1

Summary
Derbyshire War Memorials: a description of a WW1 war memorial sculpture and plaque in St Anne's Church, Ambergate, Derbyshire.
Images
Setting Memorial Sculpture Plaque Click on a thumbnail to see a larger image.
Further images may be available on request.
Locations
Last known location:
St Anne's Church
Derby Rd (A6)
Ambergate
Derbyshire
Nearest postcode:
DE56 2EJ

NGR:
SK 34791 51437
(From online digital mapping.)
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Location details:
The church is on the west side of the road at the junction with Holly La. The memorial is inside, in the baptistry at the west end of the nave.
Type
Overall type: Sculpture


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

Description:

A white marble sculpture on a stone pedestal, accompanied by a brass plaque. The sculpture depicts a winged guardian angel protecting a young child from evil represented by a serpent. The two figures are wearing robes incorporating elaborate linen folds, and the wings are intricately carved. The sculpture is mounted on a circular column of reconstructed grey granite with moulded plinth and cap. Behind the statue is a wall-mounted plaque in the style of a shield and said to have been formed from shell cases. It has a raised margin, a raised ribbon at the head bearing an inscription in capital lettering, and names in sentence-case raised lettering arranged in two columns. The plaque is mounted on an oaken backboard, also shield-shaped and with an inscription at the head in raised upright capital lettering.

Glossary
Components:

Component Material Height Width Depth Condition
Sculpture (overall) White marble 900 400 400 Good
Pedestal Reconstructed granite 840 530 dia Fair
Plaque Brass 490 430 15 Fair
Backboard Oak 690 530 20 Fair
Dimensions in millimetres ±5mm unless stated otherwise.
Inscription
Head of backboard: IN LOVING AND HONOURED MEMORY
OF THE MEN FROM THIS PARISH
WHO LAID DOWN THEIR LIVES IN & THROUGH THE GREAT WAR
Plaque:
QUIS SEPARABIT A CARITATE CHRISTI?
1914-1919
G. Allen, Pte. "R. Fusiliers" 25/9/15J. H. Wood, Pte. "Lanc. Fusiliers" 16/8/17.
H. Walton, Pte. "2nd Yorks" 25/9/15E. Boden, Rfl'man. "K.R.R." 18/8/17.
W. H. Glossop, Pte. "Sherwoods" 19/12/15E. A. Gibson, Pte. "6th. L'don Regt." 22/9/17.
G. H. Kiddy, Staff Sergt. (Went down with his Wife & 2 children in S.S. "Persia") 30/12/15.
J. Rodgers, H.M.S. "Black Prince" 31/12/16R. B. Jackson, Lieut. "Sherwoods" 6/12/17.
F. Rodgers, Pte. "Grenr. Guards" 18/8/16W. E. Else, Capt. "Sherwoods" 3/1/18.
P. H. Thorpe, H.M.S. "Milne" 8/9/16A. C. Hinton, Pte. "Sherwoods" 8/2/18.
J. Murphy, Pte. "Sherwoods" 9/10/16H. Boden, Pte. "Sherwoods" 21/3/18.
J. White, Pte. "Sherwoods" 4/8/17F. Reed, Sergt. "Sherwoods" 24/4/18.
C. Wain, Dvr. "R.H.A." 8/8/18
A. Rodgers, Dvr "R.F.A." 20/10/18
F. A. Hall, L'corp "L. Batt." 27/11/18
H. Blackham, Dvr. "R.F.A." 12/3/19
R.I.P.

Conflicts and people named:
Conflict First World War (1914-1919) Totals
Action Unspecified
Number died 22 22
Number served and returned  0  0
Total names 22 22
Administration
Custodian: The Parochial Church Council

Local authorities:
From WW1: Heage Parish Council; Heage Urban District Council; Derbyshire County Council.
From WW2: Heage Parish Council; Ripley Urban District Council; Derbyshire County Council.
From 1974: Ripley Town Council; Amber Valley Borough Council; Derbyshire County Council.
History and Conservation
c1912: The sculpture is reported to have been executed by A Schonken for a church then under construction in Ypres.

1913: The sculpture was exhibited in Brussels.

1914: The sculpture was moved from Malines (Mechelen) to Holland.

1914-1918: A Schonken moved to Crich as a refugee, with the sculpure.

c1919-20: St Anne's Church purchased the sculpture for £350, subscribed by the parishioners.

c1919-20: The brass plaque was made, said to have been rolled from shell cases collected on the battlefield.

December, 2001: The Derwent Valley Mills World Heritage Site was inscribed: the church lies within the site.

22nd February, 2018: The memorial was surveyed by Roy Branson and Alan Willmot. It was in good condition and cared for although the pedestal has some chips..
References
Piers Bostock and Alec Dodd; 2016; A Guide to the parish church of St Anne, Ambergate, Derbyshire.
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