Memorial details

Memorial type
Board / Plaque / Tablet
District
Northampton
Town
Northampton
County
Northamptonshire
Country
England
Commemoration
First World War (1914-1918)
Maker
J. A. Gotch F.R.I.B.A. (Designer)
Ceremony
  • Unveiled
    Date: 30/4/1921
    Attended by: Earl Spencer K.G. unveiled the tablet
  • Dedicated
    Date: 30/4/1921
    Attended by: Reverend G.C. Lunt M.A., M.C. pronounced the benediction. (Among the invited guests were next-of-kin of those who had died).
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Lost
Not lost
WM Reference
67756

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Current location

It hangs in the reception area of Police HQ
in the main building of Wootton Hall.
Northamptonshire Police Force HQ
Wootton Hall
Wootton Hall Park
off Mere Way.
Northampton
Northampton
Northamptonshire
NN4 0JQ
England

OS Grid Ref: SP 75166 57423
Denomination: Undefined

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Previous locations
  • Former Police HQ
    Angel Street
    Northampton
    Northampton
    Northamptonshire
    NN1 1EW
    England

    OS Grid Ref: SP75596 60343
    Denomination: Undefined
Description
Rectangular dome-topped oak board, adorned with a carved and painted depiction of the Northamptonshire County emblem (a rose) at each corner; a further carved rose sits above the inscription, which is in raised gilt lettering upon a painted blue background.
Inscription
TO THE GLORY OF GOD & IN PROUD MEMORY/ OF THEIR COMRADES WHO FOUGHT & DIED IN THE/ GREAT WAR 1914-1919, THIS TABLET IS ERECTED BY THE/ CONSTABULARY OF NORTHAMPTONSHIRE/ AND THE LIBERTY OF PETERBOROUGH/ (NAMES)/ LEST WE FORGET.
Inscription legible?
yes
Names on memorial
Ayres, H
Benjamin, P
Billing, W.t.
Callow, W
Knight, A.j.
Lane, S.c.
Packer, W.
Shaw, W.h.
Smith, A.e.
Street, B.
See details for all 11 names
Commemorations
  • First World War (1914-1918)
    Total names on memorial: 11
    Served and returned: 0
    Died: 11
    Exact count: yes
    Information shown: Police rank; initials; surname.
    Order of information: Alphabetically
Components
  • Board
    Measurements: depth 30mm, height 890mm, width 990mm
    Materials: Wood - Oak
Listing information
Condition
Trust fund/Scholarship
No
Purpose: Unknown or N/A
Sponsorship
Private
Responsibility
Northamptonshire Constabulary
Reference
  • Northampton Mercury dated 6/5/1921 (page 11) reported that the unveiling ceremony had taken place the previous Saturday. The report quoted Earl Spencer's speech at length, including the facts that 92 Constables from the Northamptonshire Constabulary had served in World War 1 (equating to 46.46% of the establishment). Of those 92 men: 11 had been killed; 12 had been wounded; one had received a commission and 40 had been promoted; 4 had received a Distinguished Conduct Medal, one of them also receiving the Military Cross and another the Military Medal; 4 Military Medals had been received in total, plus one Meritorious Service Medal and one Belgian Croix de Guerre.
  • "Policing Northamptonshire 1836-2013", written by Richard Cowley, published in 2013 by Peg & Whistle Books (ISBN 978-0-9534095-4-9); appendices 1 and 4 refer.
  • Northampton Mercury dated 19/5/1950 (page 9) reported that the Police HQ had moved to Wootton Hall on the preceding Wednesday.

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