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THE WAR MEMORIALS
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18 men of Cromford who died in the Great War - the "war to end all wars".
After the Second World War, 10 more names were added.
Frederic G A ARKWRIGHT Thomas GRATTON
Percy BARBER John Hall GREGORY
William BOSLEY Harry PARKER
Robt Charles BRITLAND Samuel George PEARSON
John Hall BROWN William Herbert PEARSON
Clifford James BROOKS Norman SAINT
Victor James DILLON Joseph Thomas SHAW
Thomas FEARN John Allen TAYLOR
James GIBBS Leonard WILBRAHAM
Harold F BRITLAND Michael G HAM
Kenneth A BROOKER Ronald HOPKINSON
Alan G DITCHFIELD Denys G MARSDEN
William A R FOSTER Harry ROLLEY
David GRANTHAM James A TAIT
of the 9 men of Scarthin who died in the Great War,
and 3 who fell in the Second World War.
Joseph TOMLINSON William H ALLEN
William SHERRATT John J ALLEN
Arthur BIDDULPH George KIRK
Thomas KEIGHTLY John A PIDCOCK
Harry KNIVETON Arthur H RUSSELL
George A PIDCOCK
The men behind the names
List of all who served in WWI
Three men not on the War Memorials
Our Local Lads - A poem of 1915
The Commonwealth War Graves Commission
War memorials and plaques can be found in every town and
The following information has been obtained from the Commonwealth War Graves Commission website, with background details from the 1881, 1891 and 1901 census records. Full details from the census have not been included but if you would like to know more then email this website.
|First World War||Cromford War Memorial|
|Frederic George Alleyne ARKWRIGHT||
Age 29. Died Thursday, 14 October 1915. Captain, Royal Flying Corps.
Son of Mr & Mrs Frederic Charles Arkwright of Willersley.
Cemetery: St Mary's churchyard, Cromford.
Frederic's gravestone is in the form of a cross and is inscribed:
"Captain XI Hussars ... died when flying on duty ...
Steadfast and true - Per Ardua ad Astra"
A plaque inside the church tells us that Frederic was flying near Montrose when he was killed.
Frederic Arkwright is also included among the 178 names on the Matlock War Memorial, and the 15 names on Starkholmes War Memorial.
Age 21. Died Wed, 13 November 1918. Private, Army Service Corps.
Son of Mr & Mrs William Barber of 26 North St, Cromford.
Cemetery: St Sever Cemetery Extension, Rouen, France.
Four year old Percy was living at Starkholmes with father William, (engine driver in cotton mill), mother Hannah and younger sister Lydia. His grandmother and uncle lived with them in a 3-roomed house.
Age 32. Died Thursday, 21 March 1918. Private, North Staffs Regiment.
Robert Charles BRITLAND
Clifford James BROOKS
Age 20. Died Wed, 15 September 1915. Private, Sherwood Foresters.
Son of Robert and Mary Britland of 88 The Hill, Cromford.
Cemetery: Pieta Military Cemetary, Malta.
The Derby Mercury reported that Robert died in hospital in Malta of enteric fever. His brother Harry was wounded in the Dardanelles but he survived.
Age 28. Kia 30 September 1915. Private, York & Lancaster Regiment.
Age 48. Died Monday, 27 May 1918. Private, Machine Gun Corps.
Age 20. Died Saturday, 1 June 1918. Private, The King's (Liverpool Reg).
Son of Michael and Rhoda Dillon, of Willersley Lodge, Cromford.
Cemetery: Houchin British Cemetery, France.
Victor was 3 years old, living with his parents, two elder sisters and brother Thomas, who also served in the war. Their father Michael was the Arkwright family's coachman. The lodge, now demolished, stood on Derby Road at the entrance to Church Walk.
The Derby Mercury reported that before enlisting Victor was a footman in the service of Mr Steele, of Lockerbie, Scotland.
Died of wounds, 10 August 1915. Private, Sherwood Foresters.
Memorial: Helles Memorial (Gallipoli campaign, Dardanelles).
Age 25. Died Sun, 24 March 1918. Lance Corporal, Sherwood Foresters.
Age 39. Died Sunday, 5 August 1917. Rifleman, Royal Irish Rifles.
Son of Benjamin and Mary Gratton, of Greenhill, Bonsall, Derbys.
Husband of Clara Gratton of 42 Cromford Hill, Cromford.
Memorial: Ypres (Menin Gate) Memorial, Belgium.
Thomas aged 3 years, was living at Upper Town, Bonsall, with Benjamin his father, a Railway labourer, mother Mary, sister Martha and brother Charley.
Thomas aged 23 was still living at home on High Street, Bonsall, and working as a labourer. There were now 9 children in the family and an aunt was living with them.
John Hall GREGORY
Age 33. Died Sunday 18 August 1918. Private, Sherwood Foresters.
Son of the late John and Millicent Gregory, of Cromford.
Cemetery: Mont Huon Military Cemetery, Le Treport, France.
John was 6 years old and living with his father John, a stonemason and warehouseman, his mother Millicent and 2 sisters at 2 Masons Open.
John was 16 and working as a machine minder in a cotton mill. His mother had died, and there were now four sisters. Father John worked in a merino mill warehouse. They lived in Barnwell Lane.
Age 23. Died Wed, 8 November 1916. Lance Corporal, Sherwood Foresters.
Son of Francis and Annie Elizabeth Parker, of 25 North St, Cromford.
Memorial: Thiepval Memorial, Somme, France.
Harry is remembered on his family's grave: "killed in action in Le Tronsle ... "
Harry and his family lived at 3 Masons Open. He was 7 and had four younger siblings; his brothers Charles and Alexander also served in the war. Father Francis worked as a doubler in a cotton mill.
Samuel George PEARSON
William Herbert PEARSON
Age 22. Died Wednesday, 9 August 1916. Private, Sherwood Foresters.
Son of George and Hannah Pearson, of 24 North St, Cromford.
Cemetery: Heilly Station cemetery, Somme, France.
Eleven people lived in 3 rooms at 10 North Street: parents Hannah and George (general labourer), five daughters and two sons. Grandmother and cousin were still with them. Both sons, Samuel and William, died in the war.
Age 31. Died Saturday, 1 July 1916. Private, Sherwood Foresters.
Age 21. Kia Sunday, 4 March 1917. Private, Sherwood Foresters.
John Allen TAYLOR
Kia 4 April 1917. Rifleman, King's Royal Rifle Corps.
Memorial: Thiepval Memorial, Somme, France.
Age 24. Died Monday, 4 November 1918. Serjeant, Sherwood Foresters.
Age 21. Died Tuesday, 5 November 1918. Private, Derbyshire Yeomanry.
|Second World War||Cromford War Memorial|
Harold Frederick BRITLAND
Kenneth Angus BROOKER
Age 20. Died Wed, 12 July 1944. Private, South Lancs Parachute Regt.
Son of Thomas and Jean Britland of Cromford.
Cemetery: Ryes War Cemetery, near Arromanches, France.
Age 19. Died Thursday, 10 October 1940. Sergeant, RAF Volunteer Reserve.
Age 31. Died Thursday, 10 February 1944. Private, Sherwood Foresters.
Son of William and Florence Ditchfield of Cromford.
Cemetery: Anzio War Cemetery, Italy.
William Alfred Randale FOSTER
Age 29. Died Monday, 9 March 1942. Aircraftsman, RAF Volunteer Reserve.
Son of Robert Alfred Randall Foster and Ruth Foster.
Husband of Elsie Gertrude Foster, of Tollerton, Notts.
Memorial: Singapore Memorial.
Age 18. Died Mon, 24 Nov 1941. Ordinary Seaman, HMS Dunedin, Royal Navy.
Age 23. Died Friday, 29 Nov 1940. Sergeant, Pilot RAF Volunteer Reserve.
James Alistair TAIT
Age 17. Died Sat, 19 August 1944. Galley Boy, SS Wayfarer, Merchant Navy.
Son of Edward and Sarah Hopkinson, of Cromford.
Memorial: Tower Hill Memorial, London.
SS Wayfarer was torpedoed and sunk by U boat-862 on 19 August 1944 when about 150 miles east of Mozambique. 51 of the 61 people on board died.
Age 23. Died Sat, 8 July 1944. Sergeant Flt Engr, RAF Volunteer Reserve.
Age 24. Died Tuesday, 29 October 1940. Lance Corporal, North Staffs Regt.
Age not given. Died Sat, 29 August 1942. Second Lieutenant, Royal Engineers. Son of Maj. James Baillie Tait and Margaret Tait.
|First World War||
Scarthin War Memorial - Names are engraved on the Memorial
in order of date of death
Age 24. Died Friday, 12 March 1915. Private, Sherwood Foresters.
Son of Joseph and Sarah Tomlinson of Chapel Hill, Cromford.
Memorial: Le Touret Memorial, Pas de Calais, France.
Joseph is remembered on his parents' gravestone in St Mark's churchyard:
"fell in action Neuve Chapelle ... "
Age 24. Died Sunday, 9 May 1915. Private, Sherwood Foresters.
Age (25) not given. Died Mon, 23 April 1917. Corporal, South Staffs Regiment.
William H ALLEN
Age (21) not given. Died Monday, 23 April 1917. Private, South Staffs Regt.
Memorial: Arras Memorial, Pas de Calais, France.
Thomas was 5 years old, living at Scarthin with his father Everard, a brickyard labourer, mother Grace and two siblings. A married couple lodged with them.
Age 30. Died Thursday, 4 October 1917. Private, Royal Scots Fusiliers.
Age (29) not given. Died Thurs, 21 March 1918. Private, Sherwood Foresters.
John J ALLEN
John Arthur PIDCOCK
Age 21. Died Saturday 29 June 1918. Private, Sherwood Foresters.
Son of John and Kate Allen of Scarthin.
Memorial: Tyne Cot Memorial, Zonnebeke, Belgium.
John Joseph was aged 2, brother of William Hoades Allen. See above.
Not found on CWG website.
Age 18. Died Wednesday 27 November 1918. Private, Sherwood Foresters.
|Second World War||Scarthin War Memorial|
Age 19. Died Tuesday, 26 December 1944. Stoker, HMS Capel, Royal Navy.
Son of James Harry and Hilda Annie Kniveton of Cromford.
Memorial: Portsmouth Naval Memorial.
HMS Capel was active in the Atlantic and supported the Allied invasion of Normandy in June 1944. She was torpedoed by U boat-486 on 26 December 1944 and sank in the English Channel.
Age not given. Died Sat, 6 June 1942. Lance Corporal, Royal Army Service Corps. No next of kin given.
Age 29. Died Monday, 23 October 1944. Trooper, 17th/21st Lancers RAC.
|Memorial Plaques in Cromford Institute|
Nine of the men are remembered on plaques in
of the MEN of CROMFORD INSTITUTE
who FOUGHT in the GREAT WAR 1914 - 1919
and to the SACRED MEMORY of
WILLIAM HOADES ALLEN . ARTHUR BIDDULPH . WILLIAM BOSLEY
ROBERT CHARLES BRITLAND . JAMES GIBBS . JOHN ALLEN TAYLOR
WHO GAVE THEIR LIVES FOR THEIR COUNTRY
1939 - 1945
The clock above the plaques was donated by the Royal British Legion
There are also framed photographs of each of the nine men on the wall.
|Memorial Plaque in St Mary's Church, Cromford|
THESE MEN OF OURS BAPTISED IN THE NAME OF
|194 men went to war||Hand Written List in the Church of the men who served in WW1||30 men died|
These Men who served in the
King's Forces 1914 - 1918 were worshippers
in this Church or residents in this Village
John Allen +
William Allen +
Frederic Alleyne Arkwright +
Richard Alleyne Arkwright
Percy Barber +
Arthur Biddulph +
Guy Bonham-Carter +
William Bosley +
Robert Britland +
Clifford Brooks +
John Brown +
Victor Dillon +
Thomas Fearn +
James Gibbs +
Thomas Gratton +
John Gregory +
Thomas Keightly +
George Kirk +
George Lloyd +
Harry Parker +
Samuel Pearson +
William Pearson +
John Pidcock +
Norman Saint +
Joseph Shaw +
William Sherratt +
Clifford Slack +
John A Taylor +
Joseph Tomlinson +
Leonard Wilbraham +
Thomas Worthy +
The names of the 30 men who died in the Great War are marked with a cross +
The war memorials in Cromford and Scarthin have a total of 27 names.
The men missing from the memorials are Guy Bonham-Carter, George Lloyd and Clifford Slack.
Guy BONHAM-CARTER is remembered on the plaque erected to Frederic G A Arkwright inside St Mary's church -
Third son of Alfred Bonham-Carter CB.
Captain X1X Hussars, Adjutant Q O Oxfordshire Hussars.
He was killed in action near Ypres 14 May 1915 aged 30 years.
"O valiant dead. Take comfort where you lie.
So sweet to live? Magnificent to Die."
Born London 25 May 1884, third son of Alfred and Mary Bonham-Carter.
Married Kathleen, the daughter of Frederic C Arkwright of Willersley, 18 Oct 1911.
They had 2 children - Diana, born 1913 and John Arkwright, born 1915.
Cemetery: Vlamertinghe Military Cemetery, Ieper, Belgium.
George LLOYD George Edward Lloyd. Died 24 July 1917, aged 21. Private, Sherwood Foresters.
Clifford SLACK Not found on CWG website
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