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Derby Municipal Boys School - Trees


Derbyshire War Memorials: a description of a WW1 war memorial trees at The Bemrose School, California, Derby, commemorating the fallen of Derby Municipal Boys School, Abbey St, Derby.

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Further images may be available on request.
Last known location:
School grounds
The Bemrose School
Uttoxeter New Road
Nearest postcode:
DE22 3HU

SK 33627 35631
(From online digital mapping.)
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Location details:
The trees were planted at various locations around the school grounds, but cannot now be identified.
Overall type: Trees. Overall condition: Good. The inscription is legible and the memorial is cared for.


A number of trees, of unknown species, planted at various locations around the grounds of Bemrose School. Altogether 124 trees were planted for for various reasons; some were to commemorate the coronation of HM King George 6th, some commemorated former pupils, house captains or staff, but an unidentifed number were to commemoate former pupils of Derby Municipal Secondary School, which predated the renaming of Bemrose School. Each tree was accompanied by a metal label, now unidentified, bearing the name of the person commemorated, and a 'permanent' register, also now unidentified, was to be kept in Bemrose School.

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Component Material Height Width Depth Condition
Trees - - - - Not identified
Labels Metal - - - Not identified
Register Paper - - - Not identified
Dimensions in millimetres ±5mm unless stated otherwise.
[Details of the individual tree labels or the written list are not currently known.]
Conflicts and people named:
Conflict First World War (1914-1919) Totals
Action Not stated
Number died * *
Number served and returned * *
Total names * *
* It is believed that 124 trees were planted but it is not known how many of them commemorated war casualties.
Custodian: Presumed to be the school governors.

Local authorities:
From WW1: Derby County Borough Council (Derby Corporation)
From 1974: Derby District (later Borough and from 1977 City) Council and Derbyshire County Council.
From 1997 the unitary authority has been Derby City Council
History and Conservation
12th September, 1902: Derby Municipal Secondary School for Boys was founded in Abbey Street.

1928–1930: New school buildings, designed by the architect Alexander Macpherson, were built on a new site on Uttoxeter New Road at a cost of £71,746.

1930: On occupation of the new buildings, the school was renamed Bemrose School and became a boys grammar school.

11th November, 1937: The first tree was planted in the grounds of Bemrose School by Ald E E Paulson, Mayor of Derby, following a service conducted by Rev A F Pentney MC, Mayor's Chaplain. A further 23 trees were planted on that day.

November - December, 1937: It is presumed that a further 100 trees were planted.

1975: Bemrose School was merged with Rykneld Boys' Secondary Modern School, became a comprehensive school and was renamed Bemrose Community School.

2009: The school became a Foundation Trust school and its name was changed to The Bemrose School.

July, 2018: The memorial was researched by Roy Branson.
Derby Telegraph; 12th November, 1937; p9 col5: a report of the tree planting ceremony.

Ibid; p10 col3: a photograph of the mayor planting the first tree.
This account is based on suggestions from school staff that the trees alongside the school entrance path were believed to be a WW1 war memorial. This was partially confirmed by the Derby Telegraph coverage of the tree planting ceremony, however, the Ordnance Survey 1:2500 plan of 1883 shows a mixture of deciduous and coniferous trees adjacent to the path so, although they clearly were not the memorial trees some new specimens may have been planted amongst them. Further trees were planted throughout the school's extensive grounds.

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