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Elder Yard Sunday School

Derbyshire War Memorials: a description of a WW1 war memorial vase commemorating members of the Elder Yard Sunday School, Chesterfield.
Setting Vase Click on a thumbnail to see a larger image.
Further images may be available on request.
Last known location:
Elder Yard Unitarian Chapel
Elder Yard
Elder Way
Nearest postcode:
S40 1UR

SK 38322 71247
(From online digital mapping.)
Location details:
The chapel is to the east of Elder Way. The vase is displayed on a table against the north wall.
Overall type: Vase

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


A large, heavy, brown-glazed stoneware flower bowl, circular in plan, with an incised inscription around the rim and names in four panels around the sides. The inscription is in capital block lettering and the names are in sentence-case lettering.


Component Material Height Width Depth Condition
Vase Stoneware 315 420 dia Fair
Dimensions in millimetres ±5mm unless stated otherwise.
Around the rim:

Panel 1: Panel 2:
Lance-Corpl. Charles. F. Broomhead 6th Sherwoods.
Lance-Corpl Christopher Adlington R.E
Lance-Corpl John Boden R.E.
Lance-Corpl Harold Marsh 6th Sherwood Foresters
Lance-Corpl Ernest Passey York & Lancs
Driver Arthur E. Browitt Derbyshire Yeomanry
Sapper F. Clarke R.E.
Pte Fredrick Goodwin. Sherwood Foresters
Pte. Thomas Goodwin Royal Engineers.
Pte. E. Hibbard 11th Sherwood Foresters.
Pte. E. A. Earnshaw R.E.
Lieut. & Quartermaster W. N. Broomhead, the
Corpl George E. Marlin. R. E. [6th Sherwoods.
Pte. Harold Fisher A.S.C.
Pte. C. Kirk. 6th. Sherwood Foresters.
Shoeing Smith Norman Lee R.F.A.
Pte. Fred. Lowe Royal Fusiliers.
Pte Edward Lowe Royal Scotch Fusiliers.
Sapper Arthur Milner R.E.
Pte. Bernard Muxlow R.F.A.
Pte William Madin. Scottish Borderers.
Pte Ernest Oldfield Sherwood Foresters.

Panel 3: Panel 4:
Driver Heber Foulkes R.F.A.
Pte. Percy Muddiman R.F.A.
Pte. William Muddiman 6th Sherwoods.
Pte. Edwin Muddiman Coldstream Guards.
Trooper Willie. A. Nicholls 3rd Dragoon Guards
Pte William. Openshaw 6th Sherwood Foresters.
Pte Theo Pearson Royal Naval Air Service
Pte. Edwin Passey York and Lancs.
Pte. James Ramskill 6th. Sherwood Foresters
Sapper Arthur Storer West Lancs R.E.
Gunner Harry Watts R.F.A.
Lieutenant K. Hills Bond 6th Sherwood Forest
Pte. Noel Bond 2nd. Sportsman's Battl R. Fusiliers.
Pte Thomas Bradley R.M.L.I. H.M.S. "Russell."
Pte Thomas Bower 15 Batt. Lancashire Fusiliers
Pte Alfred Bucknall 10th. Sherwood Foresters.
Pte George S. Bucknall 3rd. Sherwood Foresters.
Pte. Harold Bucknall 10th Sherwood Foresters
Sapper John P. Bucknall R.E.  [Pte. E Wragg
Signaller Geo. Adlington R.E.  [4th Sherwoods
Driver A. Blacknall R.F.A.
Pte. Henry Bower 12th. Manchesters.

Conflicts and people named:
Conflict First World War (1914-1919) Totals
Number died * *
Number served and returned * *
Total names 45 45
* The namelist gives those who enlisted and does not distinguish between those who fell and those who returned.
Custodian: Presumed to be the chapel management

Local authorities:
From WW1: Chesterfield Parish Council; Chesterfield Borough Council; Derbyshire County Council.
From 1974: Unparished; Chesterfield Borough Council; Derbyshire County Council.
c1915: The vase was designed by Rev Kenneth H. Bond, Minister of the chapel 1913-1921, and made by K Bidel of Pearsons Potteries of Chesterfield.

5th July, 1971: The Chapel was listed Grade II*, Heritage List for England number 1088233.

November, 1976: The building lies within the Town Centre Conservation Area first designated in that month.

9th September, 2016: The memorial was surveyed by Roy Branson and Anne Branson. It was in fair condition and cared for.
The vase is accompanied by a caption explaining that the bowl "lists all the members of Elder Yard Sunday School who enlisted in the Great War."

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