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Memorial details

Memorial type
Cenotaph
District
Derby
Town
Derby
County
Derbyshire
Country
England
Commemoration
First World War (1914-1918)
Maker
Sir Edwin Lutyens, Messrs Parnell and Son
Ceremony
  • Unveiled
    Date: 15 December 1921
    Attended by: Mr Charles Booth
  • Rededicated
    Date: 17 December 2010
    Attended by: Rev James Lindsay
  • Dedicated
    Date: 15 December 1921
    Attended by: Bishop of Southwell
Lost
Not lost
WM Reference
893
Current location

Midland Rd (b6000)
Derby
Derby
Derbyshire
DE24 8BJ
England

OS Grid Ref: SK 36092 35482
Denomination: Undefined

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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
Names on memorial
A, ?
A
A
A
A
Abbott, S T
Abbott, T E
Abell, A A
Abson, A
Acton, R
See details for all 119 names
Commemorations
  • First World War (1914-1918)
    Total names on memorial: 2833
    Served and returned: 0
    Died: 2833
    Exact count: yes
    Information shown: Surname
    Order of information: Surname
Components
  • Cenotaph
    Measurements: height 9450 mm
    Materials: Stone - Portland
  • Plaques
    Measurements: Undefined
    Materials: Bronze
Listing information
  • MIDLAND RAILWAY WAR MEMORIAL
  • Grade II*
  • This memorial is protected, and listed on the National Heritage List for England maintained by Historic England. View list entry
  • More about listing and the protection of historic places can be found on the Historic England website
  • Historic England
Condition
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

Comments: Cost based on contract which included allowance of 163;997 for sculpture. 2010 restoration cost 163;18 000 and was supported by the Railway Heritage Trust and Network Rail.
Memorial: £10 958 in 1920

Trust fund/Scholarship
No
Purpose: Unknown or N/A
Responsibility
Network Rail
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
  • Lutyens and the Great War by Tim Skelton & Gerald Gliddon pp.96,157,168 Published:Francis Lincoln Ltd 2008, Nov London
  • Derby Evening Telegraph 4/ 3 January 2011 Photograph of damage to plaques in connection with article on thefts of metal.
  • War Memorials Trust Bulletin No.48 p.11 (feb. 2011) Published:War Memorials Trust London
  • Railstaff No. 157 (Dec. 2010)
  • Rail News Feb. 2011
  • Derby Evening Telegraph 4/ 18 December 2010 Report on restoration and rededication
  • 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.
  • 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
  • An Illustrated History of Derby by Craven, Maxwell 245 & 247 Published: Breedon Books Publishing Unknown Derby Description and photograph.
  • Imperial War Museum, Department of Collections Access and Library Acc.NO:00/875. Lutyens estimate
  • 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.
  • The National Archives RAIL 491/519 Contract for construction.

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