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Memorial Title

RHJ (Col R H Jelf CMG DL JP)


Derbyshire War Memorials: a description of a war memorial picture to Col Richard H Jelf CMG DL JP at the Church of St Oswald, Ashbourne, Derbyshire.
Setting Memorial Click on a thumbnail to see a larger image.
Further images may be available on request.
Last known location:
Church of St Oswald
Mayfield Rd
Nearest postcode:

SK 17629 46443
(From online digital mapping.)
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Location details:
The church is on the south side of Mayfield Rd at the junction with School La. The memorial is on the side wall of the opening between the north wall of the nave and the north transept.
Overall type: Picture. Overall condition: Fair. The inscription is legible and the memorial is cared for.


A framed and glazed picture. The picture comprises several designs in fine multicoloured embroidery on a patterned printed sheet. At the centre is the badge of the Order of St Michael and St George surrounded by a wreath of laurel and oak leaves and flanked by images of the two warrior saints in shrine niches, St Michael to the left and St George to the right. At the head is a chi-rho symbol flanked by roses and swirls of acanthus leaves, with a RHJ monogram below. At the foot is the former badge and the motto and name of the Royal Engineers. The picture is contained in a patterned wooden frame.


FrameWood, glass50557040Fair
Dimensions in millimetres ±5mm unless stated otherwise.
Conflicts and people named:
ConflictUnspecified military serviceTotals
Action or eventNot stated
Number died00
Number served and returned11
Total names11
Custodian: Presumed to be the parochial church council.

Local authorities:
From 19th century: Ashbourne Parish Council, Ashbourne Urban District Council; Derbyshire County Council.
From 1974: Ashbourne Town Council, Derbyshire Dales District Council; Derbyshire County Council.
History and Conservation
Unknown date: The memorial was procured and installed in the church.

15th June, 1951: The church was listed Grade I, Heritage List for England number 1207715

November, 1968: Ashbourne Conservation Area was first designated; the church lies within it.

26th September, 2019: The memorial was resurveyed by Roy Branson and Alan Willmot. It was in fair condition and cared for.
The Most Distinguished Order of Saint Michael and Saint George is a British order of chivalry awarded to men and women who hold high office or certain other posts. Col (temporary Maj Gen) Jelf was Governor and Commandant of the Royal Military Academy, Woolwich.

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