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PO R A Tritton RAF


Derbyshire War Memorials: a description of a memorial tablet to PO Robert A Tritton RAF at Millthorpe, Derbyshire.

Setting Memorial Inscription

Last known location:
Millthorpe La
Nearest postcode:
S18 7WJ

SK 31737 76436 ±5m
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Location details:
On the western side of Millthorpe La at the junction with Cordwell La (B6051).

Overall type: Tablet. Overall condition: Good. The inscription is legible.


A square, roughly dressed, gritstone pillar with a polished black marble tablet set into a shallow recess on the face. The tablet bears an image of a Gloster Meteor aeroplane and a gilded incised inscription in upright sentence case block lettering.

Component Material Height Width Depth Condition
Pillar Gritstone 840 320 300 Good
Tablet Black marble 355 225 - Good
Dimensions in millimetres ±5mm unless stated otherwise.

Erected by the residents of
Millthorpe and Holmesfield
12th May 2005
Commemorating the
50th anniversary of
a tragic plane crash
at 3.25pm on 12th May 1955,
Gloster Meteor F8 WE904
crashed close to this site
The 19 year old pilot was the only fatality
In memory of
Pilot Officer Robert A. Tritton
of Stonehouse, Gloucestershire
211 FTS, RAF Worksop
"Forever with the Lord"
Conflicts and people named:
Conflict Non-combat death Totals
Action or event Training flight
Number died 1 1
Number served and returned 0 0
Total names 1 1

Custodian: Holmesfield Parish Council with the Millthorpe Air Crash Memorial Fund

Local authorities:
From WW2: Holmesfield Parish Council; Chesterfield Rural District Council; Derbyshire County Council.
From 1974: Holmesfield Parish Council; North East Derbyshire District Council; Derbyshire County Council.

Spring 2005: Consent was sought from Derbyshire County Council for the siting of the memorial within the highway.

12th May 2005: The memorial was unveiled by Mrs. Marianne Cambridge, the sister of PO Tritton.

8th April, 2010: The memorial was surveyed by Roy Branson and Alan Willmot. It was in good condition.

Peakland Air Crashes – The Central Region, Pat Cunningham, Landmark Publishing Ltd; 2006; ISBN 1-84306-220-8: pp74-77 contains an article on the memorial.

Thanks to Nick Wheat, memorial co-ordinator, for pointing out errors on an earlier version of this page.
Page © Roy Branson