Derbyshire War Memorials
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Fl Lt S R Burton RFC

Summary
Derbyshire War Memorials: a description of a WW1 war memorial tablet to Fl Lt Sidney Burton RFC in St James's Church, Swarkestone, Derbyshire.
Images
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Further images may be available on request.
Locations
Last known location:
St James's Church
Church La
Swarkestone
Derbyshire
Nearest postcode:
DE73 7GT

NGR:
SK 37198 28595 ±5m OR
(From online digital mapping.)
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Location details:
The church is on the east side of the road; the tablet is inside, on the south wall of the nave, close to the chancel arch.
Type
Overall type: Tablet.


Overall condition: Good The inscription is legible and the memorial is cared for.

Description:

A wall-mounted white alabaster tablet mottled with brown. The oblong tablet has a moulded pediment at the head, the tympanum of which contains a gilded badge of the RFC in relief, with the initials at the centre picked out in black. The incised inscription is in mixed styles of mainly upright capital lettering coloured black with rubricated initials to the name. A moulded alabaster cornice at the foot has a small piece broken off to the right, and the whole surmounts two decorative carved wooden brackets.

Glossary
Components:

Component Material Height Width Depth Condition
Tablet (overall) Alabaster 675 530 60 Good
Bracket x 2 Wood 230 75 c50 Good
Dimensions in millimetres ±5mm unless stated otherwise.
Inscription
IN PROUD AND HONOURED
Memory of
MY BELOVED Son
SIDNEY REX BUrTON
FLIGHT LIEUT. R.F.C.
KILLED WHILST ON FLYING DUTY
SEPTR. 11.1917. AGED 27 YEARS.
"WHO STANDS IF FREEDOM FALL,
WHO DIES IF ENGLAND LIVE."
Conflicts and people named:
Conflict First World War (1914-1919) Totals
Action Unspecified
Number died 1 1
Number served and returned 0 0
Total names 1 1
Administration
Custodian: Presumed to be the Parochial Church Council

Local authorities:
From WW1: Swarkestone Parish Council; Shardlow Rural District Council; Derbyshire County Council.
From 1959: Swarkestone Parish Council; South East Derbyshire Rural District Council; Derbyshire County Council.
From 1974: Swarkestone Parish Council; South Derbyshire District Council; Derbyshire County Council.
History and Conservation
10th October, 1920: The tablet was unveiled and dedicated by Rev Dr Minty.

10th November, 1967: The church was listed Grade II*, Heritage List for England number 1088344.

23rd November, 1977: The Swarkestone Conservation Area was designated. The church lies within its area.

11th February 2018: The memorial was surveyed by Richard Roberts. It was in good condition and well cared for although a small part of the cornice had been broken of at the lower right corner.
References
Derby Telegraph; 12th October, 1920; p3: a report on the unveiling service.
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