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Memorial Title

Church of St Oswald - South Africa War

Summary

Derbyshire War Memorials: a description of a South Africa War memorial tablet at the Church of St Oswald, Ashbourne, Derbyshire.
Images
Setting Tablet Click on a thumbnail to see a larger image.
Further images may be available on request.
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 south wall of the south transept near the door.
Type
Overall type: Tablet. Overall condition: Fair. The inscription is legible and the memorial is cared for.


Description:

A white stone tablet with a pointed arch top decorated with a military badge in a shield at the point, a moulded and foliated border, and chamfered sides. At the foot is a central projection with a further military badge on a shield and a carved laurel wreath as a border.  A recessed central panel has a pith helmet and crossed rifles carved in relief at the head and an inscription incised in upright capital block lettering coloured black.  At the two bottom corners are moulded brackets.

Glossary
Components:

ComponentMaterialHeightWidthDepthCondition
Tablet Stone97054570Fair
Dimensions in millimetres ±5mm unless stated otherwise.
Inscription
IN
MEMORY OF
FOUR MEN OF ASHBURNE
LIEUT. R J JELF, ROYAL ENGINEERS
PRIVATE H HOWARD, SHERWOOD FORESTERS
PRIVATE W LEE, SHERWOOD FORESTERS
AND
PRIVATE A TURNER, 2ND. VOL. BAT,
OF THE SAME REGIMENT
WHO FELL IN BATTLE OR DIED OF
WOUNDS OR DISEASE IN THE
SOUTH AFRICAN CAMPAIGN 1899 TO 1902
THIS TABLET IS ERECTED BY THEIR
COMRADES AND FELLOW TOWNSMEN
"YE SHALL BE REMEMBERED BEFORE
THE LORD YOUR GOD." NUMBERS X.9.
Conflicts and people named:
ConflictSecond Boer War
(1899-1902)
Totals
Action or eventNot stated
Number died44
Number served and returned00
Total names44
Administration
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 (c1905?): The memorial was procured and installed in the church. It was made by J T Hardy of Ashbourne.

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.

26th September, 2019: The memorial was resurveyed by Roy Branson and Alan Willmot. It was in fair condition and cared for.
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