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Memorial Title

Kilburn - Obelisk

Summary

Derbyshire War Memorials: a description of a war memorial obelisk at Kilburn in memory of the South African and First World Wars.
Images
Setting Arrangement Obelisk 6 o'clock face 9 o'clock face 12 o'clock face 3 o'clock face Click on a thumbnail to see a larger image.
Further images may be available on request.
Locations
Last known location:
Roadside
Church St (A609)
Kilburn
Derbyshire
Nearest postcode:
DE56 0LU

NGR:
SK 37866 45823
(From online digital mapping.)
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Location details:
The memorial is on the western side of the road at the junction with Bywell La and Highfield Rd
Type
Overall type: Obelisk Overall condition: Fair. The inscription is legible and the memorial is cared for.


Description:

A grey granite obelisk on a composite pedestal and a sandstone base. The pale grey obelisk is finely dressed and has no ornamentation or inscriptions. The pedestal has three elements: the pink granite capstone has a polished finish and a pedimented face on each side bearing a shallowly incised design of abstract foliation; the die is of dark grey granite and bears inscriptions and names incised on three of its four faces in upright capital lettering coloured black; the plinth is of polished pink granite with inscriptions and names on the four faces incised in upright capital roman lettering coloured black. The badly eroded name of the mason is incised at the corner of the base.

The obelisk is sited centrally within a paved compound containing three other war memorials and a supplementary plaque recording restoration details.

Glossary
Components:

Component Material Height Width Depth Condition
Plaque - - - - Fair
Backboard - - - - Fair
Dimensions in millimetres ±5mm unless stated otherwise.
Inscription
Die 6 o'clock face
9 o'clock face
ERECTED
BY THE INHABITANTS OF
KILBURN
IN MEMORY OF
TWO MEN OF THIS VILLAGE,
WHO LOST THEIR LIVES
IN THE
SOUTH AFRICAN CAMPAIGN
1899 - 1902.
IN MEMORY OF
LANCE-CORPORAL WILLIAM ALLDRED,
DERBYSHIRE REGIMENT,
WHO DIED IN HOSPITAL AT
JOHANNESBURG MAY 5, 1901.
ALSO
PRIVATE HENRY BERESFORD,
DERBYSHIRE REGIMENT,
WHO WAS KILLED IN ACTION AT,
VALFONTEIN MAY 29, 1902.

12 o'clock face 3 o'clock face
[Blank] ALSO TO
COMMEMORATE
THE
DECLARATION OF PEACE
JUNE 1, 1902.

Plinth 6 o'clock face 9 o'clock face
1914 - 1918.
J. E. HARRISON
P. HAWTHORN
J. JACKSON
H. GAUNT
C. CROOKS
A. HOPE

12 o'clock face 3 o'clock face
E. FAKE
M. GREGORY
R NASH
A. MEACHAM
V. PEACOCK
G. H. RHODES
A. V. TAYLOR
G. E. TURNER

Corner of base: JAS BERESFORD
[BELPER?] AND DERBY

Conflicts and people named:
Conflict Second Boer War (1899-1902) First World War (1914-1919) Totals
Action Not stated
Number died 2 14 16
Number served and returned 0  0  0
Total names 2 14 16
Administration
Custodian: Presumed to be Kilburn Parish Council

Local authorities:
From 19th century: Kilburn Parish Council, Belper Rural District Council; Derbyshire County Council.
From 1974: Kilburn Parish Council, Amber Valley Borough Council; Derbyshire County Council.
History and Conservation
July, 1902: The parish council were granted permission by Belper Rural District Council and Belper Board of Guardians to erect the memorial.

1904: The memorial was executed by James Bereford and Sons, monumental masons of Belper and Derby, at a cost of c£40.

June, 1904: The memorial was unveiled by Mr William Smith JP of Langley Mill.

c1920: The WW1 inscription was added.

2000: A major restoration project was made possible with the support of Kilburn Parish Council, Horsley Parish Council, Denby Parish Council, Amber Valley Borough Council, Derbyshire County Council, Friends Of War Memorials (London), Hanson Brick, 1st Horsley and Kilburn Scout and Guide Group, and the skills of James Beresford & Sons (Belper), Kevin James, builder (Stapleford), Kilburn Sandblasting, Park Engineering (Derby) and Harlight (Heanor).

27th August, 2008: The memorial was surveyed by Roy Branson and Alan Willmot. It was in fair condition and cared for.
References
Belper News; 1st August, 1902; p5: a report that Belper Rural District Council hd given permission for the erection of the memorial.

Ibid; 17th June, 1904; p24: a report of the unveiling ceremony.

Derbyshire Times; 30th July, 1902; p4: a report that Belper Rural District Council had given permission for the erection of the memorial.

Derby Telegraph; 28th July, 1902; p4: a report that Belper Board of Guardians had given permission for the erection of the memorial.
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