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Memorial details

District
South Derbyshire
Town
Derby
County
Derbyshire
Country
England
Commemoration
First World War (1914-1918)
Lost
Not lost
WM Reference
76648
Current location

Platform 1
Derby Railway Station
Nelson St
Derby
South Derbyshire
Derbyshire
DE1 2SA
England

OS Grid Ref: SK 36208 35543
Denomination: Undefined

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Description
Black plaque bearing Victoria Cross at top and gold inscription.
Inscription
IN MEMORY OF / PRIVATE JACOB RIVERS VC / 1ST BATTALION SHERWOOD FORESTERS (NOTTINGHAMSHIRE AND DERBYSHIRE REGIMENT) (17TH NOVEMBER 1881-12TH MARCH 1915) / BORN IN DERBY, JACOB RIVERS ENLISTED INTO THE ROYAL SCOTS FUSILIERS / IN JUNE 1889 AND SERVED IN INDIA UNTIL HE WAS DISCHARGED INTO THE / REERVE IN JUNE 1907. HE REMAINED THERE UNTIL JUNE 1911 WHEN HE / JOINED THE MIDLAND RAILWAY COMPANY AT DERBY WORKING AS A / LABOURER ON BALLAST TRAINS. HE RE-ENLISTED INTO THE 1ST BATTALION / SHERWOOD FORESTERS ON 18TH AUGUST 1914, AND WAS SENT TO FRANCE. / AT NEUVE CHAPPELLE, ON THE 12TH MARCH 1915, ACTING ON HI OWN / INITIATIVE, HE CREPT WITHIN YARDS OF A VERY LARGE NUMBER OF ENEMY / TROOPS AND 'HURLED BOMBS ON THEM' CAUSING THEM TO RETIRE. LATER THE SAME DAY, HE REPEATED HIS ACT OF BRAVERY, ONLY TO BE KILLED. / FOR HIS COURAGE HE WAS AWARDED THE VICTORIA CROSS. WITH NO KNOWN GRAVE, HE IS COMMEMORATED ON THE / LE TOURET MEMORIAL
Inscription legible?
yes
Commemorations
  • First World War (1914-1918)
    Total names on memorial: 1
    Served and returned: 0
    Died: 1
    Exact count: yes
    Information shown: Undefined
    Order of information: Undefined
Components
  • Plaque
    Measurements: Undefined
    Materials: Metal
Listing information
Condition
Trust fund/Scholarship
No
Purpose: Unknown or N/A

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