Derbyshire War Memorials
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Memorial Title

W A Grainger

Summary
Derbyshire War Memorials: a description of a WW1 war memorial to William Grainger added to a gravestone at Ault Hucknall, 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:
Cemetery
Hodmire La
Ault Hucknall
Derbyshire
Nearest postcode:
S44 5QH

NGR:
SK 46758 65186 ±5m
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Location details:
The cemetery is on the south side of the road opposite St John the Baptist's Church in the centre of the village. The memorial is towards the middle of the older section.
Type
Overall type: Addition to gravestone Overall condition: Poor. The inscription is barely legible.


Description:

An addition to the wording on a family gravestone. The low limestone headstone is in the style of a scroll unfurled over a decorative wall. The headstone originally surmounted an oblong base with bevelled top but has now become detached and leans against it. The inscription is inlaid on the face of the scroll and on the base of the wall, but much of it is missing and most of the remainder is damaged. The headstone is accompanied by oblong kerbs.

Glossary
Components:

Component Material Height Width Depth Condition
Headstone Limestone 680 620 100 Poor
Base Limestone 170 770 230 Fair
Kerbs Limestone 150 920 c1860 Fair
Dimensions in millimetres ±5mm unless stated otherwise.
Inscription
[IN LOVING MEMORY OF
WILLIAM,
THE BELOVED HUSBAND OF
HANNAH GRAINGER
WHO DIED ... ... 1923.
AGED 67 YEARS.
AT REST WITH ...]
ALSO HANNAH,
BELOVED [WIFE] OF THE ABOVE
WHO PASSED AWAY SEPT. 7,1927
AGED [...] YEARS.
[ASLEEP] IN [JESUS.
ALSO PRIVATE W. A. GRAINGER
KILLED IN ACTION] IN FRANCE JULY 23 [...]
AGED 33 [YEARS]

[Lettering damaged, missing or buried.]
Conflicts and people named:
Conflict First World War (1914-1919) Totals
Action Not stated
Number died 1 1
Number served and returned 0 0
Total names 1 1
Administration
Custodian: Presumed to be the Grainger family.

Local authorities:
From WW1: Ault Hucknall Parish Council; Blackwell Rural District Council; Derbyshire County Council.
From 1974: Ault Hucknall Parish Council; Bolsover District Council; Derbyshire County Council.
History and Conservation
1974: The Hardwick and Rowthorne Conservation Area was extended, and the memorial lies within it.

28th March, 2018: The memorial was surveyed by Roy Branson and Alan Willmot. It was in poor condition, the headstone had been displaced and most of the inscription was missing..
References
Comments
Although most of the lettering was missing the outline of some of the inscription could clearly be discerned. It clearly states "W. A."Grainger and aged "33". CWGC records give the name as "William Henry Grainger" and the age at death as "32".

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