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Memorial Title

Church of St Oswald - WW1

Summary

Derbyshire War Memorials: a description of a WW1 war memorial tablet at the Church of St Oswald, Ashbourne, Derbyshire.
Images
Setting Tablet Column 1 Column 2 Click on a thumbnail to see a larger image.
Further images may be available on request.
Column 3 Column 4 Plaque Badge
Locations
Last known location:
Church of St Oswald
Mayfield Rd
Ashbourne
Derbyshire
Nearest postcode:
DE6 1EJ

NGR:
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 west wall of the nave, at the north end.
Type
Overall type: Tablet. Overall condition: Fair. The inscription is legible and the memorial is cared for.


Description:

A tablet of grey Hopton Wood Limestone set within a frame of local limestone with a hollowed border, originally extended at the foot to form a shelf for the placement of tributes. The shelf, however, has subsequently been removed. The inscription is incised in four columns of upright capital roman lettering, the headings coloured red, the names black. The coloured badge of the Sherwood Foresters is on a separate tablet above and an accompanying freestanding plastic plaque records a restoration.

Glossary
Components:

ComponentMaterialHeightWidthDepthCondition
Tablet Limestone15202755-Fair
FrameLimestone1740296050Fair
ShelfStone-c2960-Lost
TabletStone600600-Good
PlaquePlasticc250c200c50Good
Dimensions in millimetres ±5mm unless stated otherwise.
Inscription
Heading:
1914  REMEMBER  1918
THESE MEN OF ASHBOURNE WHO FOUGHT IN THE GREAT WAR AND LAID
DOWN THEIR LIVES FOR FREEDOM AND THE HONOUR OF THEIR COUNTRY

Column 1:Column 2:
MIDSHIPMAN, D. C. TUDBALL, R.N.PTE. W. BLOOD
MIDSHIPMAN, G. P. C. WETHERALL, R.N.PTE. J. BROWN
CAPT. F. J. RIGBY, SEAFORTH HIGHRS.PTE. F. G. BULL
2/LIEUT. R. A. ALCOCK, E. YORK R.PTE. F. CHELL
SHERWOOD FORESTERSPTE. S. CHELL
CAPT. A. F. N. HENSTOCK.PTE. F. COLCLOUGH
2/LIEUT. F. ST. V MORRIS, R.F.C.PTE. G. ETHERINGTON
2/LIEUT. D. CALLOWPTE. A. FORD
2/LIEUT. S. MOULTPTE. A. HOUSLEY
SGT.MJR. J. BRADSHAWPTE. A. HOLLINSHEAD
C.SGT. F. BULLPTE. G. H. HUDSON
SGT. H. AVERYPTE. W. JOHNSON
SGT. G. W. BENNETTPTE. A. JONES
SGT. R. TAYLORPTE. J. LEE
SGT. W. A. WIBBERLEYPTE. G. H. MAINWARING
L/SGT. J. STEVENSONPTE. J. MOON
CPL. J. G. LOWNDESPTE. E. PLANT
L/CPL. C. BAILEYPTE. A. ROBERTS
L/CPL. S. BARKERPTE. G. SKELLERN
L/CPL. A. FORDPTE. R. SPENCER
L/CPL. A. HARDINGPTE. J. C. TAYLOR
L/CPL. A. H. HARRISONPTE. J. THOMPSON
L/CPL. C. KITCHENPTE. W. TWIGGE
L/CPL. H. C. SLATERPTE J. WARDLE
L/CPL. C. TANNERPTE. H. G. WIBBERLEY
L/CPL. F. WIBBERLEYPTE. F. WINT
SIG. J. HELLABYPTE. J. G. WOODYATT
PTE. W. BLAKEOTHER REGIMENTS
PTE. J. BRADLEYSGT. W. HUDSON, K.O.YORK.L.I.
PTE. F. G. BLOODSGT. H. M. WEBSTER, G. GDS.

Column 3:Column 4:
L/SGT. R. SALT, R.E.PTE. H. COURTMAN, M.G.C.
CPL. C. MELLOR, LANC. FUS.PTE. W. T. COXON, A.I.F.
SPR. H. KITCHEN, R. E.PTE. M. FAULKNER, LINC.R.
BR. W. BURTON, R.F.A.PTE. F. W. FOXON, R.A.M.C.
BR. R. H. BERESFORD, R.F.A.PTE. P. FRENCH, E.YORK.R.
BR. D. HEPWORTH, R.F.A.PTE. J. N. GINEVER, YORK&LANC.R.
L/CPL. F. MOON, CHES. R.PTE. R. HARDING, R.LANC.R.
L/CPL. L. THORPE, K.O.S.B.PTE. G. HILL, MIDD'X.R.
L/CPL. F. W. WALLIS, G. GDS.PTE. T. HUDSON, MIDD'X.R.
L/CPL. J. W. KIRKLAND, R.WAR.R.PTE. W. LEGRICE, LANC.R.
L/CPL. J. MILWARD, R. E.PTE. J. W. LOCKER, DURH.L.I.
L/CPL. F. T. FRENCH, LEIC. R.PTE. N. MASSEY, HIGH.L.I.
GNR. F. W. POTTER, R.G.A.PTE. A. MELLOR, N.STAFF.R.
GNR. W. J. SELLERS, R.G.A.PTE. G. MELLOR, W.YORK.R.
GNR. W. THACKER, R.G.A.PTE. J. MOON, LANC.FUS.
GNR. N. WALKER, R.F.A.PTE. L. OSBORN, M.G.C.
TPR. F. BRADBURY DERBY YEOPTE. W.H.PHIPPS, SUFF.R.
TPR. F. COURTMAN, R. HUSSARSPTE. G. W. PLOWMAN, R.SCOTS.
TPR. T, TUNNICLIFFE, HUSSARSPTE. A. SILVESTER, M.M. YORKS.L.I.
RIF. F. ALLEN, K.R.RIF.C.PTE. A. SILVESTER, M.G.C.
RIF. F. ATKINS, RIF.BRIG.PTE. O. SLATER, G.GDS.
PIONEER H. WRIGHT, R.E.PTE. E. E. SOWTER, LINC.R.
DRIVER J. W. GALLIMORE, R.A.S.C.PTE. H. WALTON, N.STAFF.R.
SIG. C. WARD, SEA.HIGHRS.PTE R. WARD, DURH.L.I.
PTE. W. A. ASTLE, R.A.S.C.PTE. B. WESTHORPE,R.SC.FUS.
PTE. C. V. BELFIELD, WORC.R.PTE. E. WIBBERLEY, R.LAN.R.
PTE. C. BODEN, R.A.M.C.PTE. W. WYCHE, R.A.S.C.
PTE. J. BRADDOCK, NORTH'D.FUS.
PTE. G. CHAPMAN, DURH.L.I.
PTE. J. CHELL, LINC.R.

Plaque:
RESTORED IN MEMORY
OF
GEORGE V. THACKER
2016

Conflicts and people named:
ConflictFirst World War (1914-1919)Totals
Action or eventNot stated
Number died115115
Number served and returned 0 0
Total names115115
Administration
Custodian: Presumed to be the parochial church council.

Local authorities:
From WW1: 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
1920-21: The memorial was procured and installed in the church. It was designed by Lionel G Pearson FRIBA, of Adams, Holden and Pearson, architects of London. The lettering was executed by H J Cribb, letter cutter of Ditchling Common, Sussex, and the stone base was prepared by Edmund Buxton, mason of Mayfield, Staffordshire.

27th July, 1921: The memorial was unveiled by Brig Gen Godfrey D Goodman CMG DSO VD, sometime officer commanding 1/6th Battn Sherwood Foresters Regt, later commander 52nd infantry brigade.

Unknown date: The stone shelf was removed from the foot.

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.

22nd December, 2008: The memorial was surveyed by Roy Branson. It was in fair condition and cared for.

2016: The memorial was restored.

26th September, 2019: The memorial was resurveyed by Roy Branson and Alan Willmot. It was in fair condition and cared for.
References
Derby Telegraph; 29th July, 1921; p5 col5: an extensive report of the unveiling ceremony.
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