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Memorial Title

Cdr J B A Marsden-Smedley RN

Summary

Derbyshire War Memorials: a description of a memorial table to Cdr John B A Marsden-Smedley RN in Christ Church, Holloway, Derbyshire.
Images
No images are currently available.
Locations
Last known location:
Christ Church
Church St
Holloway
Derbyshire
Nearest postcode:
DE4 5JP

NGR:
SK 32318 56958
(From online digital mapping.)
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Location details:
The memorial is just inside the main south entrance, in the nave.
Type
Overall type: Table. Overall condition: Good. The inscription is legible and the memorial is cared for.


Description:

A free-standing oaken table with an inscription incised on the lower rail in upright capital roman lettering.

Glossary
Components:

ComponentMaterialHeightWidthDepthCondition
TableOakc1000c2000c1000Good
Dimensions in millimetres ±5mm unless stated otherwise.
Inscription
IN MEMORY OF
JOHN BERTRAM AUBREY MARSDEN-SMEDLEY R.N.
1893 - 1959

Conflicts and people named:
ConflictUnspecified military service. *Totals
Action or eventNot Stated *
Number died00
Number served and returned11
Total names11
* See Comments below regarding service.
Administration
Custodian: Presumed to be parochial church council.

Local authorities:
From WW2: Dethick, Lea and Holloway Parish Council, Belper Rural District Council; Derbyshire County Council.
From 1974: Dethick, Lea and Holloway Parish Council, Amber Valley Borough Council; Derbyshire County Council.
History and Conservation
14th August,1985: The church was listed Grade II*, Heritage List for England number 1335315.

23rd December, 1996: The Dethick, Lea and Holloway Conservation Area was first designated. The church lies within it.

December, 2001: The Derwent Valley Mills World Heritage Site was inscribed. The church lies within the Buffer Zone.
References
Dennis Brook, edited by Jane Middleton-Smith; The Story of the Early Years of Christ Church, Holloway; John Smedley Archive Charitable Trust; 2017; p68: a brief reference to the table with a photograph of the inscription.

National Archives catalogue, ADM 196/145/544 - Admiralty: Officers' Service Records
Comments
No conflicts or actions are stated in the inscription but John B A Marsden-Smedley entered service in the Royal Navy in September 1906, was a midshipman in February 1913, Acting Sub-Lieutenant in September 1913, Sub-Lieutenant in June 1914 and Lieutenant in May 1916. He served on HMS Minotaur in 1913, HMS Lydiard 1914-1915 and on HMS Hardy from 24th May 1916 to 6th December 1918 and thus served in the The Battle of Jutland (31 May - 1 June 1916). He served in the Baltic on HMS Vega in 1920 and was a Commander in 1933.

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