Midland Railway - Cenotaph

Our reference
893
Memorial type
Lost
No
Town
County
District
Subject/Period
Creator
Ceremony
  • Unveiled : 15 December 1921
  • Dedicated : 15 December 1921
  • Rededicated : 17 December 2010

Current location

Roadside,Midland Rd (b6000),Derby,Derby,Derbyshire,DE1 2SQ,England
OS Grid Ref.: SK 360 354
Denomination: Unknown

Description

Cenotaph with carved soldier on tomb, enclosed by low wall with names on plaques on each side. Coat of arms in wreaths carved on each side.

Inscription

Cenotaph: TO/THE BRAVE MEN/ OF/ THE/ MIDLAND/ RAILWAY/ WHO GAVE/ THEIR LIVES/ IN/ THE GREAT WAR , MCM/ XIV XIX Wall, Plaque: (Names)

Inscription legible?

Yes

Subject / Period

First World War (1914-1918)
Total names on memorial: 2833
Served and returned: 0
Died: 2833
Exact count: no
Information shown: surname
Order of information: surname

Component

Cenotaph
Condition: Good
Measurements: height 9450mm
Materials: Stone - Portland
Listed?: No

Component

Plaques
Condition: Good
Measurements: Unknown
Materials: Bronze
Listed?: No

Ceremony

Unveiled
Date: 15 December 1921
Attended by: MR CHARLES BOOTH

Ceremony

Dedicated
Date: 15 December 1921
Attended by: Bishop of Southwell

Ceremony

Rededicated
Date: 17 December 2010
Attended by: Rev James Lindsay

History

October 2010: Restored and recovered plaques were replaced. 6 August 2010: Four name plaques recovered, frame known to have been sold for scrap. 4 August 2010: Four bronze plaques and their frame stolen. 24 February 1977: Listed grade II* English Heritage reference 403266

Costs

Site: Unknown or N/A
Memorial: £10 958 in 1920
Comments: Cost based on contract which included allowance of £997 for sculpture. 2010 restoration cost £18 000 and was supported by the Railway Heritage Trust and Network Rail.

Trust fund / scholarship

No
Purpose: Unknown or N/A

Sponsorship

Corporate
Details: Unknown or N/A

Responsibility of

Network Rail

Notes

Lutyens's estimate to Midland Railway Company in file. Only a partial list of names held of A-B. A memorial volume listing the names was published, and sent to the families of the fallen. (See our ref 60760). Order of Service refers to the memory of 2833 men.

Reference

AT THE GOING DOWN OF THE SUN: BRITISH FIRST WORLD WAR MEMORIALS by BOORMAN, DEREK 29 Source: Image Library NIWM Published:SESSIONS 1988 YORK

Reference

The National Archives RAIL 491/519 Contract for construction.

Reference

Evening Telegraph Hidden Derby by Unknown 135 Published:The Breedon Books Publishing Company 1999 Derby Reproduction of photograph by Rebecca Russell showing statue of soldier on top of cenotaph.

Reference

Imperial War Museum, Department of Collections Access and Library Acc.NO:00/875. Lutyens estimate

Reference

An Illustrated History of Derby by Craven, Maxwell 245 & 247 Published:Breedon Books Publishing Unknown Derby Description and photograph.

Reference

Railwaymen of Cumbria Remembered: A Roll of Honour in remembrance of those who gave their lives in the service of their Country during the Great War 1914-1918 by Peter Robinson pp.26-27 Published:Cumbrian Railways Association 2008 details of 20 Company employees from Cumbria

Reference

Derby Evening Telegraph 1 and 2/ 5 August 2010 13/ 6 August 2010 3/ 7 August 2010 3/ 11 August 2010 13/ 13 August 2010 11/ 19 August 2010 Reports on theft of bronze plaques, their recovery, the sale of the frame for scrap and the convictions of two men responsible.

Reference

Derby Evening Telegraph 4/ 18 December 2010 Report on restoration and rededication

Reference

Rail News Feb. 2011

Reference

Railstaff No. 157 (Dec. 2010)

Reference

War Memorials Trust Bulletin No.48 p.11 (feb. 2011) Published:War Memorials Trust London

Reference

Derby Evening Telegraph 4/ 3 January 2011 Photograph of damage to plaques in connection with article on thefts of metal.

Reference

Lutyens and the Great War by Tim Skelton & Gerald Gliddon pp.96,157,168 Published:Francis Lincoln Ltd 2008, Nov London

This record comprises all information held by IWM’s War Memorials Archive for this memorial. Where we hold a names list for the memorial, this will be included in the record during 2015.

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