Derbyshire War Memorials
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Memorial Title

G Cope

Summary
Derbyshire War Memorials: a description of a WW1 war memorial to George Cope comprising an addition to a gravestone at the Church of St Chad, Longford, Derbyshire.
Images
Setting Grave memorial Click on a thumbnail to see a larger image.
Further images may be available on request.
Locations
Last known location:
Church of St Chad
Long La
Longford
Derbyshire
Nearest postcode:
DE6 3DS

NGR:
SK 21458 38325
(From online digital mapping.)
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Location details:
The church is next to Longford Hall and is accessible from Long La via a public bridleway. The memorial is in the churchyard, near the southwest corner of the church.
Type
Overall type: Addition to gravestone. Overall condition: Fair. The inscription is legible.


Description:

An addition to the wording on a family gravestone. The white marble memorial comprises a latin cross on a three step base and has a Christograph at the centre of the cross and an inscription inlaid on the 6 o'clock face of the base in mixed styles of lettering. The memorial is accompanied by chamfered white marble kerbs. However, the conjoined cross and top step of the base have been detached and laid against the remainder of the base, and the foot of the cross has been broken and repaired.

Glossary
Components:

ComponentMaterialHeightWidthDepthCondition
CrossWhite marble1000485100Fair
BaseWhite marblec500600450Fair
KerbsWhite marblec100850150Fair
Dimensions in millimetres ±5mm unless stated otherwise.
Inscription
IN LOVING MEMORY OF
Elizabeth,
ONLY DAUGHTER OF
SAMUEL & ELIZA COPE.
OF HOLLINGTON,
WHO DIED FEB 3. 1916,
AGED 27 YEARS.
"THY WILL BE DONE."
ALSO OF GEORGE,
THEIR DEARLY LOVED YOUNGEST SON
WHO DIED ON ACTIVE SERVICE AT TARANTO ITALY
MAY 31. 1918, AGED 23 YEARS.
GREATER LOVE HATH NO MAN THAN THIS THAT A MAN
[LAY DOWN HIS LIFE FOR HIS FRIENDS]

[The base has sunk into the ground and the lower line of the inscription is not visible.]
Conflicts and people named:
ConflictFirst World War (1914-1919)Totals
Action or eventNot stated
Number died11
Number served and returned00
Total names11
Administration
Custodian: Presumed to be the Cope family

Local authorities:
From WW1: Longford Parish Council; Ashbourne Rural District Council; Derbyshire County Council.
From 1974: Longford Parish Council; Derbyshire Dales District Council; Derbyshire County Council.
History and Conservation
Unknown date: The memorial was installed.

Unknown date: The foot of the cross shaft was broken and repaired.

Unknown date: The conjoined cross and top step of the base was detached and laid against the remainder of the base.

13th May, 2011: The memorial was surveyed by Roy Branson. It was in fair condition and the inscription was legible but the displacement of the conjoined cross and top step nudge the condition towards 'at risk'.
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