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Grindleford

Summary
Derbyshire War Memorials: a description of a WW1 and WW2 war memorial cross at Grindleford, Derbyshire.
Images
Setting inscription 12 o'clock inscription 9 o'clock inscription 3 o'clock Click on a thumbnail to see a larger image.
Further images may be available on request.
Locations
Last known location:
The Green
Hathersage Rd (B6001)
Grindleford
Hope Valley
Derbyshire
Nearest postcode:
S32 2JH

NGR:
SK 24243 77810 ±5m
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Location details:
The Green was formerly the village centre and is at the junction of Hathersage Rd and Sir William Hill Rd.
Type
Overall type: Cross Overall condition: Good. The inscriptions are legible and the memorial is well maintained.


Description:

A white Cornish granite cross and three-stepped base.
The cross is similar in design to a celtic cross but lacks the wheel. The 6 o'clock face has a roundel at the centre containing an angel holding a broadsword. The upper limb has a roundel containing a cross and the two arms each have a roundel containing rosettes.  The tapered shaft has a series of linked roundels formed from interlaced strapwork and widens out to form a square foot bearing an inscription. The two sides also bear linked roundels of interlaced strapwork. The 12 o'clock face has a roundel at the centre containing a pelican in her piety.  The upper limb has is a roundel containing a cross; and on each arm is a roundel with a rosette. Below the centre is a small roundel containing interlaced strapwork and at the foot is a horizontal cartouch also containing interlaced strapwork. The main shaft is otherwise blank. Both the 6 o'clock and 12 o'clock faces have a narrow moulded border. All of the ornamentation is in relief.
The three-stepped base has vertical sides with shallowly bevelled tops and contains the WW1 inscription and names on the 6 oclock face and the WW2 names on the 9 and 3 o'clock faces. All of the inscriptions and names are inlaid in upright capital block lettering coloured black.
The whole is surrounded by gritstone walls surmounted by iron railings, the interior of which has a gravel surface and contains several stone flower holders. A flagpole is located adjacent to the plot.

Glossary
Components:

ComponentMaterialHeightWidthDepthCondition
CrossGranitec21001000340Good
BaseGranite1340184001530Good
Dimensions in millimetres ±5mm unless stated otherwise.
Inscription
6 o'clock face, foot of cross:
THEIR NAME
LIVETH FOR EVERMORE

6 o'clock face of base, top step:
ERECTED BY PUBLIC SUBSCRIPTION
TO THE MEMORY OF GRINDLEFORD MEN
WHO FELL IN THE GREAT WARS
1914 1918 — 1939 1945

6 o'clock face of base, second step: LIEUTJOHN WILMOT MAYNARD24 APRIL 1915 AGED 18 YEARS.
SGTRANDALL COOPER1  JULY 1916 AGED 20 YEARS.
PTEFRED UTTLEY24 APRIL 1915 AGED 19 YEARS.
PTEJOE HODGKINSON24 APRIL 1915 AGED 19 YEARS.
PTEGEORGE HODGKINSON24 APRIL 1915 AGED 19 YEARS.
PTEWILLIAM ARTHUR KENYON24 APRIL 1915 AGED 19 YEARS.
PTEHARRY WHITE24 APRIL 1915 AGED 19 YEARS.
PTEFRANK PENNOCK24 APRIL 1915 AGED 19 YEARS.
CAPTFRANK SYDNEY HOLLAND24 APRIL 1915 AGED 19 YEARS.
SIGJOHN CLIFFORD PRIESTLEY24 APRIL 1915 AGED 19 YEARS.

6 o'clock face of base,
bottom step:
PTEWILLIAM PAGE19 MARCH 1918 AGED 24 YEARS.
GNRFREDERICK MOOR BROCKSOPP21 MARCH 1918 AGED 20 YEARS.
LCPLWILLIAM TENNISWOOD17 MAY 1918  AGED 43 YEARS.
PTEJOHN DRONFIELD27 MAY 1918  AGED 19 YEARS.
PTELUTHER PRIESTLEY10 JULY 1918  AGED 20 YEARS.
PTEFRANK WESTBY11 AUG 1918  AGED 20 YEARS.

9 o'clock face of base,
bottom step:
CPLERNEST CECIL BARLEY11 OCT 1941  AGED 19 YEARS.
MIDROBERT GORDON BOWER DFC25 NOV 1943  AGED 19 YEARS.
PT OFFCHARLES TREVOR DAVIS26 MAR 1941  AGED 20 YEARS.
LIEUTMICHAEL HARBURN DAVIS- OCT 1940   AGED 26 YEARS.
GNRKENETH FRENCH5 MAR 1943  AGED 20 YEARS.
PTEPETER ROBERT KENYON31 AUG 1940   AGED 25 YEARS.

3 o'clock face of base,
bottom step:
ST SGTCHARLES EGGINGTON PENNOCK3 SEPT 1942  AGED 26 YEARS.
CPLFRANK LESLIE PENNOCK8 MAY 1941   AGED 28 YEARS.
LIEUTHENRY BONNINGTON RIDGEWAY3 AUG 1944   AGED 21 YEARS.
SGTLESLIE LEONARD JOHN SMITH8 MAY 1944   AGED 20 YEARS.
PTEWALTER SMITH15 MAY 1945   AGED 19 YEARS.
A/FL LTRONALD VICTOR TRUEMAN24 JULY 1941   AGED 22 YEARS.

Conflicts and people named:
ConflictFirst World War
1914-1919
Second World War
1939-1945
Totals
Action or eventNot statedNot stated
Number died161228
Number served and returned 0 0 0
Total names161228
Administration
Custodian: Grindleford Parish Council

Local authorities:
From WW1: Eyam Woodlands Parish Council; Bakewell Rural District Council; Derbyshire County Council.
From 1974: Eyam Woodlands Parish Council; Derbyshire Dales District Council; Derbyshire County Council.
From 1987: Grindleford Parish Council; Derbyshire Dales District Council; Derbyshire County Council.
History and Conservation

1920-21: The design of the cross is said to have been based on a Saxon cross in Eyam churchyard. It cost in excess of £550 raised by public subscription and was constructed by Arthur Dane of Eyam.
27th March, 1921: The memorial was unveiled by Col H B Brooke-Taylor OBE.
9th November, 1947: The additional WW2 names were unveiled by Mrs E Pennock and dedicated by Rev E M Turner MA B.Litt.
17th April, 1951: The Peak District National Park was designated and the memorial lies within it.
2001: The memorial was cleaned.
2012-2013: Grindleford Parish Council carried out work including cleaning the stonework, removal of trees, and the provision of stone setts.
9th April, 2014: The memorial was surveyed by Roy Branson and Alan Willmot. It was in fair condition and cared for although the black colouring was beginning to be lost from some of the letters.
2015: The Grindleford Branch of The Royal British Legion was disbanded, though Mr & Mrs Ashforth, and Mr. Waterall continued to maintain the site. Subsequently the Parish Council took over maintenance, represented by Cllr Ray Whiteley and others.
References
Sheffield Daily Telegraph; 13th April 1920; p5 col6: a brief report on progress of provision of the memorial.
Ibid; 28th March 1921; p3 col2; a brief report on the unveiling of the memorial.
Sheffield Daily Independent; 26th March, 1921; p5 col6: a brief announcement of the forthcoming unveiling ceremony.
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