Bemrose School - Board
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Bemrose School - Board

Summary

Derbyshire War Memorials: a description of a WW2 war memorial board commemorating the fallen of Bemrose School, California, Derby.
Images
Setting Memorial Click on a thumbnail to see a larger image.
Further images may be available on request.
Locations
Last known location:
Library
The Bemrose School
Uttoxeter New Road
California
Derby
Nearest postcode:
DE22 3HU

NGR:
SK 33627 35631
(From online digital mapping.)
(Map opens in new window.)
Location details:
On the northeast wall, above the fireplace.
Type
Overall type: Board. Overall condition: Good. The inscription is legible and the memorial is cared for.


Description:

A wall mounted nowy-headed oaken board. The horizontal oblong board has a moulded border and a carved school badge at the head comprising a buck within a bound victor's wreath. The black painted inscription is in upright capital roman lettering with the names arranged in four columns. A later name has been added at the foot.

Glossary
Components:

Component Material Height Width Depth Condition
Board (overall) Oak 1900 2270 120 Fair
Dimensions in millimetres ±5mm unless stated otherwise.
Inscription
PRO PATRIA 1939 - 1945
J. R. BANKSW. B. EASTWOODM. G. LEEM. H. RUDGE
H. E. BENNETTF. ELLIOTTP. H. G. LEESD. J. SAMUEL
J. R. BIRDE. G. ELWELLG. LESTERJ. E. VAN SCHAICK
G. BOOTHS. EVANSA. J. LEWSLEYT. T. SMART
F. BOWERSA. N. FEARYE. MASONF. M. SMITH
J. K. BRIERSR. FREARSONF. N. MATTHEWSW. G. SOAR
H. S. BROWNE. GARNERP. D. McCLEMONTW. H. STAPLEFORD
L. W. BROWNK. GAUKROGERE. McKIMA. B. STEVENSON
D. J. BULLIVANTG. M. GEEJ. F. MOCKRIDGEJ. E. TOOTH
F. R. P. BURGESSR. GEEM. R. MOORLEYL. W. TOPHAM
W. BUXTONN. GLEWL. G. MOSELEYJ. H. TROTT
F. G. CLARKEH. P. GRANGERA. G. MUDDK. TURNER
C. D. COOKR. J. HALLJ. J. MURPHYF. R. WALKER-SMITH
M. H. DAVISR. G. HALLAMJ. R. PAGEA. H. WALLACE
J. R. DELANEYJ. F. HARRISW. PARKERE. W. WALTERS
A. DOBSONE. HOLMESF. PETERSR. T. WALTON
W. DOVEK. B. HOWELLW. H. POXONA. G. WARREN
E. N. DOWDYE. J. IRONMONGERA. D. POYSERG. W. L. WATSON
C. DRAPERS.W. JOHNSONR. RAWCLIFFEK. W. WRIGHT
H. E. DUNNE. C. W. KNIGHTG. V. REEVESR. A. WRIGHT
W. N. EALESJ. LANGLEYC. W. RENSHAWT. YARKER
LUX PERPETUA LUCEAT EIS
I. M. BOLDY    FALKLAND ISLANDS  1982

Conflicts and people named:
Conflict Second World War (1939-1945) Falklands Conflict
(April-June 1982)
Totals
Action Not stated
Number died 84 1 85
Number served and returned  0 0  0
Total names 84 1 85
Administration
Custodian: Presumed to be the school governors.

Local authorities:
From WW2: 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.

16th July, 1949: The Derby Telegraph published an illustration of the memorial about to be unveiled, but it bore only 77 names arranged in three columns, and lacked the motto at the foot. It can only be assumed that the illustration was a maquette and did not represent the board which was actually erected.

17th July, 1949: The memorial was unveiled and dedicated by the Ven Henry E FitzHerbert MA, Archdeacon of Derby.

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.

27th June, 2018: The memorial was surveyed by Roy Branson and Alan Willmot. It contained 84 names in four columns and was in good condition and cared for.
References
Derby Telegraph, 5th July, 1949; p9: an announcement of the forthcoming unveiling ceremony.

Ibid; 8th July, 1949; p3: an article about the memorial and the forthcoming unveiling ceremony.

Ibid; 16th July, 1949; p7 col5: an illustration of the memorial with reference to the forthcoming unveiling ceremony. (But see history above.)

Ibid; 18th July, 1949; p6 col3: a brief report of the unveiling ceremony of the previous day.

Comments
Many of the fallen named on this memorial were never pupils of Bemrose School, but were pupils of its predecessor Derby Municipal Boys School, but they are not distinguished as such.

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