Derbyshire War Memorials
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Memorial Title

LCpl A L Cresswell

Summary

Derbyshire War Memorials: a description of a WW1 war memorial to LCpl Arthur Cresswell comprising an addition to a gravestone in St Mary the Virgin's Churchyard, Denby, Derbyshire
Images
Setting Grave Headstone Click on a thumbnail to see a larger image.
Further images may be available on request.
Locations
Last known location:
Churchyard
St Mary the Virgin's Church
Church St
Denby
Derbyshire
Nearest postcode:
DE5 8PH

NGR:
SK 39872 46445 ±5m
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Location details:
South of the church, towards the centre of the churchyard.
Type
Overall type: Addition to gravestone Overall condition: Fair. The inscription is mostly legible.


Description:

An addition to the lettering on a headstone on a family grave. The tall white marble headstone surmounts an oblong base with bevelled top and is one of two on a double plot. It has a pointed arch top and recessed sides, and at the head is an emblem of clasped hands in relief within an oval panel and two triangular panels with ivy leaves in relief. The inlaid inscription is mainly in upright capital block lettering and the maker's mark is at the foot. The headstones are accompanied by plain oblong white marble kerbs and round headed footstones.

Glossary
Components:

Component Material Height Width Depth Condition
Headstone White marble 1370 710 70 Fair
Base White marble 150 810 220 Fair
Kerbs White marble c300 2280 2990 Fair
Dimensions in millimetres ±5mm unless stated otherwise.
Inscription
Main inscription:
Conflicts and people named:
ConflictFirst World War (1914-1919)Totals
ActionNot stated
Number died11
Number served and returned00
Total names11
In Loving Memory of
MY DEAR HUSBAND
ARTHUR CRESSWELL,
AT REST NOVEMBER 29. 1907
AGED 46 YEARS.
"IN THE MIDST OF LIFE WE ARE IN DEATH."
ALSO OF
ARTHUR LESLIE CRESSWELL
LANCE CORPORAL [3/6TH.] SEAFORTH HIGHLANDERS,
NEPHEW OF THE ABOVE
WHO WAS KILLED IN ACTION IN FRANCE
APRIL 23. 1917,
IN HIS 19TH YEAR

[Lettering obscured by algae.]
Foot of headstone:
BERESFORD.
Administration
Custodian: Presumed to be the Cresswell family.

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
Unknown date: The memorial was made by James Beresford, monumental mason of Belper and Derby.

10th April, 2013: The memorial was surveyed by Roy Branson and Alan Willmot. Although the inscription was mostly legible the surface was coated by fine green algae which obscured some parts.
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