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Memorial Title

Pte J Rivers VC


Derbyshire War Memorials: a description of a war memorial room to Pte Jacob Rivers in the Council House, Derby.
Setting Location
Last known location:
Council House
Corporation St
Nearest postcode:

SK 35430 36347
(From online digital mapping.)
Location details:
A reception room on the first floor of the civic suite.
Overall type: Room

Overall condition: Good The inscription is legible and the memorial is well cared for.


A wooden panelled reception room with a sign plate on the door and a glazed and framed display on the wall.

Component Material Height Width Depth Condition
Room - - - - Good
Sign Metal c50 c200 c2 Good
Display Paper c300 c250 c20 Good
Frame Wood, glass c300 c250 c20 Good
Dimensions in millimetres ±5mm unless stated otherwise.
Sign plate: Jacob Rivers VC
Reception Room
Display: 6016 Private Jacob Rivers VC     
Jacob was born in Derby on the 17th November 1882, the son of Mrs Adeline
Rivers of Court 12, House 4, Wide Yard, Bridge Gate, Derby. He served with the
Royal Scots Fusiliers from 1899 to 1907, seeing service in India. On the outbreak
of the Great War in 1914, he re-enlisted into the Notts and Derby Regiment (The
Sherwood Foresters), going to France in December 1914. He was with the 1st
Battalion when it was engaged in the action at Neuve Chapelle in early 1915, and it
was here that he was to win the Victoria Cross (VC). The citation for the award
appeared in the London Gazette dated 28th April 1915 and reads:

"For most conspicuous bravery at Neuve Chapell, on the 12th March 1915,
when he, on his own initiative, crept to within a few yards of a very large
number of the enemy who were massed on the flank of an advance company
of his battalion, and hurled bombs at them. His action caused the enemy to
retire, and so relieved the situation. Private Rivers performed a second act of
great bravery on the same day,similar to the first mentioned, again causing
the enemy to retire. He was killed on this occasion."

His Victoria Cross was presented to his mother by King George V at Buckingham
Palace on 26th November 1916. The people of Derby were extremely proud of
their own VC winner, Private Jacob Rivers, and on the 23rd March 1923 they made
his mother a Freeman of the City of Derby, an honour she shared with Earl Haig
and the Duke of Devonshire. Mrs Rivers died on the 1st March 1937, and in
accordance with her wishes, the Victoria Cross, 1914 Star, British War Medal and
Victory Medal awarded to her son Jacob were presented to the regiment at a civic
reception on 7th April 1937, and are now displayed at the Worcestershire and
Sherwood Foresters Museum in Nottingham Castle.

Conflicts and people named:
Conflict First World War (1914-1919)
(Victoria Cross Winners)
Number died 1
Number served and returned 0
Total names 1
Custodian: Derby City Council

Local authorities:
Before 1974: Derby County Borough Council (Derby Corporation)
From 1974 to 1997: Derby District (later Borough and from 1977 City) Council and Derbyshire County Council.
Since 1997 the unitary authority has been Derby City Council.
12th October 2013: The memorial was surveyed by Anne and Roy Branson. It was in good condition and well cared for.
Page © Roy Branson