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Memorial Title

St Mary the Virgin's Church - Cross

Summary

Derbyshire War Memorials: a description of a WW1 and WW2 war memorial cross at St Mary the Virgin's Churchyard, Denby, Derbyshire
Images
Setting Memorial Pedestal Click on a thumbnail to see a larger image.
Further images may be available on request.
6 o'clock tablet 9 o'clock tablet 12 o'clock tablet 3 o'clock tablet
Locations
Last known location:
Roadside
St Mary the Virgin's Churchyard
Church St
Denby
Derbyshire
Nearest postcode:
DE5 8PH

NGR:
SK 39901 46503 ±5m
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Location details:
Although the cross faces obliquely onto the road it is partly obscured by the boundary wall.
Type
Overall type: Cross. Overall condition: Fair. The inscription is legible and the memorial is cared for.


Description:

A limestone wheel cross on a stepped and battered oblong stone pedestal, plinth and base, with additional stone tablets at each of the four faces of the base. The 6 o'clock face of the cross is decorated with bosses, flowers and entwined snakes in relief in the anglo-saxon or celtic style.  The original inscription on the 6 o'clock face of the pedestal and ajacent tablet is in upright cavo relievo capital block lettering and is now weathered and largely illegible. The tablets on the other three faces provide duplicate replacement inscriptions incised in capital block lettering.

Glossary
Components:

Component Material Height Width Depth Condition
Cross Limestone 3450 c880 350 Fair
Pedestal Limestone 770 1200 840 Poor
Plinth Limestone ashlar 150 1760 1420 Fair
Base Stone ashlar - c2300 c2000 Fair
Tablet (6 o'clock) Limestone 120 1300 305 Poor
Tablet (9 o'clock) Limestone 110 1420 305 Good
Tablet (12 o'clock) Limestone 110 1750 305 Good
Tablet (3 o'clock) Limestone 110 1720 305 Good
Dimensions in millimetres ±5mm unless stated otherwise.
Inscription
6 o'clock face of pedestal:
[IN MEMORY OF
THE MEN OF DENBY WHO FELL IN THE GREAT WAR
AUGUST 4 1914 - JUNE 28 1919
CAPTAIN WILLIAM D DRURY-LOWE DSO GRENADIER GUARDS
FLIGHT COMMANDER ARTHUR JOHN BINKS ROYAL NAVAL AIR SERVICE
LIEUTENANT WILLIAM ARTHUR BOISSIER ROYAL MARINE ARTILLERY
SERGEANT ALBERT GALE SHERWOOD FORESTERS
WILLIAM A ATKINSON COLDSTREAM GUARDS ERNEST F JOHNSON COLDSTREAM GUARDS
JOHN H BOOTH SHERWOOD FORESTERS JAMES KNIGHTON YORK AND LANCASTER
LAWRENCE BROWN 5TH LEICESTERS JOHN R LAMB BLACK WATCH
THOMAS CHAMBERLAIN SHERWOOD FORESTERS  CHARLES LOMAX SHERWOOD FORESTERS
HERBERT CRESSWELL  "   "  JAMES W NORTH   "   "  
ALBERT FLETCHER  "   "  HERBERT SIMPSON  "   "  
HARRY M FLETCHER  "   "  WILLIAM H STEWART GORDON HIGHLANDERS
CECIL FOULKE  "   "  ERNEST W STONE ROYAL NAVAL VOL RESERVE
HERBERT FOULKE WELSH BORDERERS ARTHUR TOMLINSON SHERWOOD FORESTERS
GEORGE H FORD SHERWOOD FORESTERS ERNEST WATHALL  "   "  
CHARLES GALE  "   "  FREDERICK A WATSON  "   "  
HAROLD E HALL  "   "  WILLIAM H WHEATCROFT GRENADIER GUARDS]

[Inscription weathered and barely legible.]

Tablet on 6 o'clock face:
[THESE ALSO FELL IN THE SECOND GREAT WAR 1939 - 1945
HARRY ALLDREAD ENID BROWN JOHN THOMAS
JOSEPH BROWN NORMAN CRESSWELL GRAIG ERNSHAW
FRANK FUTTER CLAYTON HORSLEY
JOHN TREVOR HUNT CLEM LAND RICE
CHARLES PALFREYMAN WILLIAM SYDNEY SEAL
HENRY SMITH HAROLD WESTON]

[Conjectured transcription from weathered and illegible inscription.]

Tablet on 9 o'clock face:
IN MEMORY OF
THE MEN OF DENBY WHO FELL IN THE GREAT WAR
AUGUST 4TH 1914 - JUNE 28TH 1919
CAPTAIN WILLIAM D DRURY-LOWE DSO GRENADIER GUARDS
FLIGHT COMMANDER ARTHUR JOHN BINKS ROYAL NAVAL AIR SERVICE
LIEUTENANT WILLIAM ARTHUR BOISSIER ROYAL MARINE ARTILLERY
SERGEANT ALBERT GALE SHERWOOD FORESTERS
WILLIAM A ATKINSON COLDSTREAM GUARDS ERNEST F JOHNSON COLDSTREAM GUARDS
JOHN H BOOTH SHERWOOD FORESTERS JAMES KNIGHTON YORK AND LANCASTER
LAWRENCE BROWN 5TH LEICESTERS JOHN R LAMB BLACK WATCH
THOMAS CHAMBERLAIN SHERWOOD FORESTERS CHARLES LOMAX SHERWOOD FORESTERS

Tablet on 12 o'clock face:
IN MEMORY OF
THE MEN OF DENBY WHO FELL IN THE GREAT WAR
AUGUST 4TH 1914 - JUNE 28TH 1919
HERBERT CRESSWELL SHERWOOD FORESTERS JAMES W NORTH SHERWOOD FORESTERS
ALBERT FLETCHER ROYAL ARMY SERVICE CORPS HERBERT SIMPSON SHERWOOD FORESTERS
HARRY M FLETCHER SHERWOOD FORESTERS WILLIAM H STEWART GORDON HIGHLANDERS
CECIL FOULKE SHERWOOD FORESTERS ERNEST W STONE ROYAL NAVAL VOL RESERVE
HERBERT FOULKE WELSH BORDERERS ARTHUR TOMLINSON SHERWOOD FORESTERS
GEORGE H FORD SHERWOOD FORESTERS ERNEST WATHALL SHERWOOD FORESTERS
CHARLES GALE SHERWOOD FORESTERS FREDERICK A WATSON SHERWOOD FORESTERS
HAROLD E HALL SHERWOOD FORESTERS WILLIAM H WHEATCROFT GRENADIER GUARDS

Tablet on 3 o'clock face:
THESE ALSO FELL IN THE SECOND GREAT WAR 1939 - 1945
HARRY ALLDREAD ENID BROWN JOHN THOMAS
JOSEPH BROWN NORMAN CRESSWELL GRAIG ERNSHAW
FRANK FUTTER CLAYTON HORSLEY
JOHN TREVOR HUNT CLEM LAND RICE
CHARLES PALFREYMAN WILLIAM SYDNEY SEAL
HENRY SMITH HAROLD WESTON

Conflicts and people named:
ConflictFirst World War (1914-1919)Second World War (1939-1945)Totals
ActionNot stated
Number died281442
Number served and returned 0 0 0
Total names281442
Administration
Custodian: Presumed to be the parochial church council.

Local authorities:
From WW1: Denby Parish Council, Belper Rural District Council; Derbyshire County Council.
From 1974: Denby Parish Council, Amber Valley Borough Council; Derbyshire County Council.
History and Conservation
26th Decemer, 1920: The memorial was unveiled.

6th November, 1949: The WW2 tablet was unveiled.

20th January, 1986: The memorial was listed Grade II, Heritage List for England reference 1109130.

July 2008: The original inscriptions had become heavily eroded and illegible. The church obtained a grant for the renovation of the inscriptions but work had not yet begun.

September, 2008: Sponsorship enabled more comprehensive renovation to be implemented. Three additional tablets were provided to duplicate the illegible original inscriptions.

10th April, 2013: The memorial was surveyed by Roy Branson and Alan Willmot. It was in fair condition and cared for.
References
Derbyshire Advertiser and Journal; 31st December, 1920; p7: a photograph of the memorial.

Ripley and Heanor News and Ilkeston Division Free Press; 10th December, 1920; p2: an announcement of the forthcoming unveiling ceremony.

Ibid; 31st December, 1920; p3: a report of the recent unveiling ceremony.

Ibid; 4th November, 1949, p1: an announcement of the forthcoming unveiling ceremony.

Ibid, 11th November, 1949, p3: a report on the recent unveiling ceremony.
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