Employees of John Smedley Ltd - WW2
Derbyshire War Memorials
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Employees of John Smedley Ltd - WW2

Summary

Derbyshire War Memorials: a description of a WW2 war memorial tablet to the employees of John Smedley Ltd at Lea Mills, Lea Bridge, Derbyshire.
Images
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Further images may be available on request.
Locations
Last known location:
Roadside
Lea Mills,
Lea Rd
Lea Bridge
Derbyshire
Nearest postcode:
DE4 5AG

NGR:
SK 31862 56425
(From online digital mapping.)
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Location details:
On the western side of the road, to the south of the main entrance to the mill premises.

Previous location:
Roadside
Office Building (redundant)
Lea Rd
Lea Bridge
Derbyshire
Nearest postcode:
DE4 5AG

NGR:
SK 31865 56396
(From online digital mapping.)
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Location details:
On the eastern side of the road, to the south of the main entrance to the former offices, on the angled wall of the building.
Type
Overall type: Tablet.


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

Description:

An oblong wall-mounted limestone tablet with stepped shoulders and a moulded border. The incised inscription is in upright capital roman lettering and each name is preceded by an incised cross coloured red.

Glossary
Components:

Component Material Height Width Depth Condition
Tablet Limestone 1150 2135 60 Fair
Dimensions in millimetres ±5mm unless stated otherwise.
Inscription
IN MEMORY OF THE MEN FROM LEA MILLS
WHO FELL IN THE WORLD WAR 1939 – 1945
ALWYN BENTLEY SERGEANT R A F
† AT SEA OFF MALTA 9TH. MAY 1942
MAURICE HENRY BOWLER GDSMN GRENADIER
GDS † BANNEVILLE LA-CAMPAGNE 30TH. JULY 1944
LEONARD BRADLEY CPL R DRAGOON
GUARDS † HAIFA 29TH. JUNE 1946
JOHN BROOM PRIVATE SHERWOOD FORESTERS
† AT SEA OFF THAILAND 14TH. SEPTEMBER 1944
JOHN SAMUEL FEARN PTE HIGHLAND
LIGHT INFANTRY † ISSUM 5TH. MAR 1945
PERCIVAL JOHNSON LANCE SERGEANT
GRENADIER GDS † ITALY 8TH. NOV 1943
WILLIAM STANLEY NEWTON PRIVATE
PIONEER CORPS † RYES 17TH. JUNE 1944
IVOR GLYN PATTISON CAPTAIN ROYAL
ARTILLERY † ANZIO 30TH. JANUARY 1944
FRANCIS REX PICKERING SERGEANT
R A F † WOUMEN 31ST. OCTOBER 1942
IT IS BETTER FOR US TO PERISH IN BATTLE THAN TO LOOK UPON THE OUTRAGE OF OUR
NATION AND OUR ALTARS AS THE WILL OF GOD IS IN HEAVEN EVEN SO LET HIM DO

Conflicts and people named:
Conflict Second World War (1939-1945) Totals
Action Unspecified
Number died 9 9
Number served and returned 0 0
Total names 9 9
Administration
Custodian: Presumed to be John Smedley Ltd

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
Unknown date: The memorial lies within the Dethick Lea and Holloway Conservation Area.

December 2001: The memorial lies within the Derwent Valley Mills World Heritage Site inscribed in that month.

26th August, 2010: The memorial was surveyed by Roy Branson and Alan Willmot. It was in fair condition and cared for.

Spring 2016: The buildings to the east of the road were vacated by the company and the memorial was removed prior to the property being put on the market.

9th November, 2016: The memorial was installed on the face of the building on the west side of the road.

26th July, 2017: The memorial was surveyed by Roy Branson and Alan Willmot. It was in fair condition and cared for.
References
For Your Tomorrows ...; George Wigglesworth: a local publication describing several war memorials in the area, with some biographies.
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