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The memorial

1920 memorialThe memorial took the form of an English soldier, in full equipment, similar to a design produced by Canon Molineaux, and which he had obtained in France.” [1]

It “was constructed by Messrs. Borrowdale of Worksop, [and] takes the form of a large white stone pedestal supported by a concrete base, and surmounted by the figure of a British Tommy in active service kit.” [2]

Tommy

 

 

There are a number of stories as to how “Tommy’s” bayonet was broken. It is said locally that a youth throwing a snowball (or other missile) damaged the monument some time around the 1940s. (It was finally repaired in 2014)

The names

A councillor had been “informed that the name of a lad killed in the war, whose father subscribed to the war memorial, had been left off… It had been suggested that the name should be put on the stone. He promised to bring the matter before the Council and see what could be done.”  “Mr A.Dodd pointed out that one of the rules connected with the memorial was that a man must reside in the parish – or be domiciled in the parish when he enlisted if his name was to be placed on the roll. The man referred to by Mr Miller, whose name was Plant, was married and lived at Shuttlewood when he enlisted. That was the reason why the name was omitted.”  [3]

As a result of this rule, other local monuments with different rules (e.g. Barrow Hill), include names which are not on the Parish Memorial. The Staveley Parish Council Minutes for 1919-1926 are missing from the County Record Office; thus it has not proved possible to find a list of the other rules.

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“The inlaid inscription is in upright capital block lettering flush with the surface, but some visible peg holes suggest that an earlier lettering may have been proud of the surface.” [4]

“Mr I.Samuel said that a name which had been omitted was that of Fred Whittaker, of Barrow Hill.” [5] The name of Fred Whittaker appears on the monument – and in alphabetical order – which  suggests that the names were altered after 1921. His name appears on the plaque at Barrow Hill but not in alphabetical order.

There are 173 names on the 6 o’clock face of the monument with a further 7 added to the plinth at a later date.

 

76 names were inscribed on the 9 o’clock face in remembrance of local men who died in WW2.

The unveiling of the memorial

War Memorial Staveley Dr Court and Canon MolineauxThe Memorial was unveiled by Sir Josiah Court on Sunday 28th November 1920.  “The Comrades of the Great War took up a position on the right of the memorial, and the bereaved relatives were accorded a special place. A line of local Territorials was drawn up on each side. As the Union Jack, with which the memorial was shrouded, fell away, they smartly presented arms. Two members of the Comrades Band sounded “Last Post” and “Reveille.” Canon Molineaux (the Rector) read a few appropriate prayers, and, as the relatives placed floral tributes at the foot of the monument, the Comrades Band played the Dead March in “Saul.” [6]

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The First Remembrance Day

1920 First Armistice Parade

 

References

[1] Derbyshire Courier: 20th November 1920
[2] Derbyshire Courier: 4th December 1920
[3] Derbyshire Times: 9th July 1921
[4] UK Inventory of War Memorials
[5] Derbyshire Times: 9th July 1921
[6] Derbyshire Courier: 4th December 1920

Photographs: Courtesy of Staveley History Society
Research: Ann Lucas

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