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Memorial Title

Employees of Birch Vale Print Works

Summary

Derbyshire War Memorials: a description of a WW1 war memorial board commemorating the employees of Birch Vale Print Works, now in the Heritage Centre at New Mills, Derbyshire.
Images
Setting Memorial Click on a thumbnail to see a larger image.
Further images may be available on request.
Locations
Last known location:
New Mills Heritage and
 Information Centre
Rock Mill La
New Mills
Derbyshire
Nearest postcode:
SK22 3BN

NGR:
SJ 99977 85366
(From online digital mapping.)
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Location details:
The heritage centre is accessed from the Torrs footpath leading south from Rock Mill La. The memorial is displayed inside so is only available during opening hours.

Previous location:
Birch Vale Print
 Works (Redundant)
Station Rd
Birch Vale
Derbyshire
Nearest postcode:
SK22 1DW

NGR:
SK 02238 86958
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Location details:
The memorial is believed to have been erected inside the Birch Vale Print Works. The site is now occupied by the Birch Vale Industrial Estate.
Type
Overall type: Board Overall condition: Poor. The inscription is mostly legible and the memorial is cared for, but some of the varnish and painted lettering has been lost, particularly in the lower right corner where bare wood is exposed.


Description:

A framed and glazed board. The board is composed of a thin wooden panel that has been painted black with a gilded inscription and names superimposed in upright capital lettering, and the whole is mounted in a moulded frame with glass to the front.

Glossary
Components:

Component Material Height Width Depth Condition
Board Wood 970 665 - Poor
Frame Wood, glass 1070 765 25 Fair
Dimensions in millimetres ±5mm unless stated otherwise.
Inscription
BIRCH VALE PRINT WORKS.
ROLL OF HONOUR.
EMPLOYEES WHO WERE KILLED, DIED OF WOUNDS
AND MISSING, WHILE SERVING IN H. M. FORCES.
1914-1918
BARBERJOHNPRIVATENOTTS & DERBY
BRANSONJOHNPRIVATENOTTS & DERBY
BOWDENLEONARDPRIVATENOTTS & DERBY
BUCHANANROBERTPRIVATERIFLE BRIGADE
BENNETTJAS. T.PRIVATENOTTS & DERBY
BOWDENDOUGLASPRIVATEROYAL SCOTS
BARTONRICHARDPRIVATENOTTS & DERBY
CROWTHERFREDPRIVATENOTTS & DERBY
CLEGGTHOMASPRIVATEMANCHESTER REGT.
CLARKEALEXANDERCORPORALNOTTS & DERBY
FIELDINGGEORGEPRIVATER.A.M.C.
FLINTWALTERPRIVATENOTTS & DERBY
GALBRAITHARCHIBALDCORPORALNOTTS & DERBY
GREENWOODWM. HENRYSAPPERROYAL ENGINEERS
GARSIDEALBERTPRIVATENOTTS & DERBY
HOWARDJOHNSERGEANTLANCASHIRE FUSILIERS
HAMPSONJOHNPRIVATESOUTH LANCS REGT.
HIGGINBOTTOMWM. H.PRIVATENOTTS & DERBY
HALLJOHNGUNNERR.G.A.
HOLROYDSTANLEYPRIVATEK.O. SHROPSHIRE L.I.
HADFIELDTHOMASPRIVATEK.O. SCOTTISH BORDERS.
HILLTHOMASPRIVATEROYAL IRISH RIFLES
HALLALBERTPRIVATEDUBLIN FUSILIERS
LITTLEFORDJOHNPRIVATENOTTS & DERBY
LOMASLUKEPRIVATENOTTS & DERBY
LIDDIARDWILLIAMCORPORALLEICESTER REGT.
Mc.NEEGEORGEPRIVATEMANCHESTER REGT.
PHILLIPSWALTERCORPORALNOTTS & DERBY
PERKSERNESTPRIVATEK.O. ROYAL LANCASHIRE
RANGELEYAARONCORPORALCHESHIRE REGT.
RAMWELLISAACCORPORALNOTTS & DERBY
REDFERNTHOMASPRIVATEKINGS ROYAL RIFLES
REDFERNJABEZPRIVATENOTTS & DERBY
SMITHJOSEPHPRIVATENOTTS & DERBY
SMITHHERBERTPRIVATENOTTS & DERBY
SMITHWALTERPRIVATENOTTS & DERBY
[TYRER]THOMASPRIVATE[SOUTH LANCS REGT.]

[Some lettering indistinct.]

Conflicts and people named:
Conflict First World War (1914-1919) Totals
Action Not stated
Number died 37 37
Number served and returned  0  0
Total names 37 37
Administration
Custodian: Presumed to be New Mills Town Council.

Local authorities:
From WW1: New Mills Parish Council, New Mills Urban District Council; Derbyshire County Council.
From 1974: New Mills Town Council, High Peak Borough Council; Derbyshire County Council.
History and Conservation
c1920s: The memorial was installed in the print works.

c1960s: The print works closed and the memorial is presumed to have been removed.

Unknown date: The memorial was displayed in the heritage centre.

12th June, 2018: The memorial was surveyed by Roy Branson and Alan Willmot. It was in poor condition but cared for.
References
Comments
Birch Vale Print Works was a major factory and employer in its heyday. The principal processes carried out were involved with printing designs onto fabric, particularly calico.

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