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Memorial Title

2Lt S L Thirlby


Derbyshire War Memorials: A description of a WW1 war memorial to 2Lt Stuart Thirlby added to a gravestone in St Peter's Churchyard, Littleover, Derby.

Setting Grave

Last known location:
St Peter's Churchyard
Normanton La
Nearest postcode:
DE23 6GP

SK 33215 34099 ±5m
Location details:
Slightly to the west of the centre of the churchyard.

Overall type: Addition to gravestone.

Overall condition: Poor. The inscription is legible but obscured.


An addition to a memorial stone on a family grave. The memorial comprises a white marble latin cross with a carved garland of foliage draped down the front and a carved dove on the side limb. The cross originally surmounted a thin plinth and a three-stepped base with bevelled tops to each step but it had been detached, together with the top step, and leaned against the face. The inscription is inlaid in upright sentence case gothic and block lettering on the faces of the base. The remains of kerbs were present under the plinth but the remainder had been removed.

Component Material Height Width Depth Condition
Cross White marble 1050 530 170 Fair
Base White marble 650 710 600 Fair
Plinth White marble 50 830 745 Fair
Kerbs White marble - - - Lost
Dimensions in millimetres ±5mm unless stated otherwise.

6 o'clock face of base:
In fond Remembrance
Annie Longsdon,
The beloved wife of
Frank Stuart Thirlby,
At rest 7th. September 1925,
Aged 55 years.
And of 2nd. Lieut. Stuart Longsdon Thirlby,
Their elder son
Who fell in the Great War
22nd. March 1918, Aged 25 years.
9 o'clock face of base:
Also of
Frank Stuart Thirlby,
At rest 29th. January 1952,
Aged 82 years.
3 o'clock face of base:
Also of
his second wife,
At rest 12th. Nov. 1942,
Aged 67 years.

Conflicts and people named:
Conflict First World War (1914-1919)
Number died 1
Number served and returned 0
Total names 1

Custodian: Presumed to be the Longsdon and Thirlby families.

Local authorities:
From WW1: Littleover Parish Council; Shardlow Rural District Council; Derbyshire County Council.
From 1968: Derby County Borough Council (Derby Corporation) (Unparished)
From 1974: Derby Borough (and from 1977 City) Council; Derbyshire County Council.
From 1997 the unitary authority has been Derby City Council.

1st December 2015: The memorial was surveyed by Roy Branson and Alan Willmot. Although the components were in fair condition, the cross and top step had been detached which resulted in the overall condition being judged as poor.


Page © Roy Branson