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Memorial Title

St Pauls Church – WW1 Cross

Summary
Derbyshire War Memorials: a description of a WW1 war memorial cross at St Paul's Church, Little Chester, Derby.
Images
Unveiling Setting memorial Click on a thumbnail to see a larger image.
Further images may be available on request.
Locations
Last known location:
Churchyard
St Paul's Church
Mansfield Rd
Little Chester
Derby
Nearest postcode:
DE1 3RT

NGR:
SK 35543 37077
(From online digital mapping.)
(Map opens in new window.)
Location details:
The church is on the west side of Mansfield Rd but vehicular access to it is from Seale St. The memorial is between the church and Mansfield Rd.
The area has been called Little Chester since Roman times, but it is also informally known as Chester Green.
Type
Overall type: Cross Overall condition: Fair. The inscription is legible and the memorial is cared for.


Description:

A finely-dressed grey granite monument comprising a wheel cross and moulded plinth surmounting an obelisk on a two-stepped base. The cross has a Christograph inlaid at the centre but is otherwise undecorated. The inscription and names are inlaid on the 6 o’clock faces of the obelisk and base in upright capital block lettering.
The memorial was originally complemented by iron railings in front of it and by a curved stone wall behind it, with a square stone pier at each end, but the piers and railings have subsequently been removed.

Glossary
Components:

Component Material Height Width Depth Condition
Cross Grey granite 400 600 120 Fair
Plinth (to cross) Grey granite 200 350 300 Fair
Obelisk Grey granite 2120 460 380 Fair
Base Grey granite 660 815 735 Fair
Dimensions in millimetres ±5mm unless stated otherwise.
Inscription
Obelisk:
ROYAL NAVY.
P.O. SQUIRE F.R.
L. S. BRADSHAW H.
ARMY.
CAPT. ELLIKER W. H.
R.S.M. SMITH J.
C.S.M. FREEMAN F.
C.S.M. SMITH E.
C.Q.M.S. PACKER W.
SERGTS.
ASHTON H.
BURGIN A. F.
CHAMBERS A. F.
GREEN F.
THOMPSON F.
WALKER W. H.
CORPLS.
BENCE H.
IRISH A.
LOWE H.
MARSHALL D., D.C.M.
PLANT E. R.
THORPE W. B.
L. CORPLS.
BRICKNELL C. F.
CLARKE W. H.
COCKER H.
CURLEY C. E.
ELVIDGE A. J.
GOWE H.
GREEN G. L.
SAP. DUNTON L.
TROOPER DAWSON F. W.
GUNR. HUMPSTONE J., M.M.
PRIVATES
ALLSOP F.HOOK A.
APPLEGATE H. E.HORTON W. E.
ASTLE K.JONES J. W.
BENNETT R. W.KENNEDY J.
BLOOR J.LAND A.
BOAM F.LEESE L. W.
BRADSHAW W.LOWE H.
CLARKE A.Mc.AUSLAND R.
COLLYER H. G.PAKES S. J.
CONROY F. D.PEACH A. F.
COOK W. P.POTTER W. H.
COX A.REACHER F., M.M.
CURLEY G. J.ROWSE A.
DANVERS G.SHUTTLEWORTH W.
DOBBS H.SMITH C. S.
DUNTON W. H.SPANSWICK A. J.
DYKE A. H.TORR W.
ECCLESHARE C.WARD B. A.
HAYNES A. G.WHEATCROFT C. F.
HEMSLEY F.WILDSMITH P.
HILTON E.WOOLLEY C. E.
HOGG F.WRIGHT W.
Base:
BRANNON J.
LEEDHAM E.
ERECTED BY THE PARISHIONERS
IN LOVING AND GRATEFUL
MEMORY, AND HIGH APPRECIATION
OF THE ABOVE;WHO LAID DOWN
THEIR LIVES IN THE
GREAT EUROPEAN WAR
1914-1920.
ON THAT HAPPY EASTER MORNING
ALL THE GRAVES THEIR DEAD RESTORE.
FATHER, MOTHER, CHILD, AND BRETHREN
MEET ONCE MORE.
Conflicts and people named:
Conflict First World War (1914-1919) Totals
Action Not stated
Number died 75 75
Number served and returned  0  0
Total names 75 75
Administration
Custodian: Presumed to be the Parochial Church Council

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
c1920: The memorial was made by F Garratt, monumental mason, and cost c£300.

9th May, 1920: The memorial was unveiled by Cllr A J Eggleston, Mayor of Derby, and dedicated by The Ven Dr E S Noakes MA LLD, Archdeacon of Derby.

Unknown date: The stone piers were removed from the ends of the adjacent wall and the iron railings were removed from in front of the memorial.

September, 1991: The Little Chester Conservation Area was designated and the memorial lies within it.

25th June, 2009: The memorial was surveyed by Roy Branson and Alan Willmot. It was in fair condition and cared for.

18th October, 2016: The memorial was listed Grade II, Heritage List for England number 1437467.
References
Derby Telegraph; 27th January, 1919; p2: an account of a public meeting and decisions made regarding the provision of memorials.

Ibid; 10th May, 1920; p4: a report of the unveiling ceremony.
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