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Compiled and copyright © Michael Peck & Louis Mills 2019

Pentrich war memorial is situated east of thew church, close to the road, in St Matthew's Churchyard, Main Road (B6016), Pentricj, Amber Valley, Derbyshire. it takes the form of a white marble Latin cross on a three-stepped base and a concrete plinth. The inlaid inscription is in sentence case lettering on the faces of the base steps. There are three enames listed for World War 1 only. Within St Matthew's church is an internal memorial and takes the form of an ornate, three light, stained glass window with the centre light showing St Michael with large blue wings, he is dressed in gold armour and holds vertical lance with pennant at top and stands on green dragon. The left light shows a silver armoured, armed with sword, St George, while the right one has a clerically dressed St Louis dressed in blue robes and holding a sceptre. Below the figures, and across all lights, is a biblical quotation within ribbon decoration. At the base of the window, and across all lights, is the dedication. Above the lights are six small decorative multi coloured windows all dedicated to Captain B R Winthrop-Smith.

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To the Glory of God
and in honoured
Memory of the men of this
Village who fell in the Great War
1914 - 1919.



Private 10581. 1st Battalion, Royal Welsh Fusiliers. Killed in action 30th October 1914. Son of Joseph and Mary Ellen Filsell (nee Tomlinson) of Pentrich. Born 1893 Swanwick, enlisted 4th April 1911 Newport, Wales and resident Swanwick. Commemorated Ypres (Menin Gate) Memorial. Panel 22.



Stoker 1st Class K2396, Royal Navy. HMS Queen Mary (Battlecruiser, sunk by German Battlecruiser Derfflinger at Battle of Jutland). Killed in action 31st May 1916. Son of Joseph and Mary Ellen Filsell (nee Tomlinson) of Pentrich. Born 1887 Swanwick, enlisted 8th March 1909. Commemorated Portsmouth Naval Memorial. 18.


Cyril Howarth

Sapper (as CWGC, Army Record has Lance Corporal) WR/502120. Inland Water Transport, Royal Engineers. Accidentally drowned 7th September 1918. Son of Arthur John and Eliza Ann Towlson (nee Howorth). Born 1892 Pentrich, enlisted 23rd February 1916 Leeds YKS and resident Pentrich. Commemorated La Baraques Military Cemetery. V.E.7.

Stained glass window

To the Glory of God and in loving memory of
our son Bernard Winthrop Smith. Captain. 1st Scots Guards
died of wounds received at Ypres, Belgium. Nov 15 1914


Bernard Ridley Winthrop

Lieutenant, Scots Guards. Died of wounds 15 November 1914. Aged 31. Bernard Winthrop Smith as 1883 birth record, Bernard Ridley Winthrop. In the 1911 census he was aged 28, born Wingfield Park, Derby, unmarried, 1st Battalion, Scots Guards, billeted at Kasrelnil Barracks, Cairo. Buried in SOUTH WINGFIELD (PARK) BURIAL GROUND, Derbyshire.

Extract from Bond Of Sacrifice: Officers Died In The Great War 1914-1916, Volume 1, page 365:

CAPTAIN BERNARD RIDLEY WINTHROP SMITH, 1st BATTN. SCOTS GUARDS, who died on the 15th November, 1914, at the Base Hospital, Boulogne, of wounds received in action near Ypres on the 8th of the same month, was the only son of Mr. Francis Nicholas Smith and Mrs. Smith, of Wingfield Park, Ambergate, Derbyshire. He was born on the 19th December, 1882, and was educated at Eton and Trinity College, Cambridge, where he took his degree of B.A., got his " blue," and rowed for Cambridge v. Oxford in 1905. He joined the Scots Guards on the 1st August, 1907, becoming Lieutenant in May, 1910. On the 13th August, 1913, he was appointed A.D.C. to the Governor and Commander-in-Chief, East African Protectorate. He was promoted Captain in November, 1914, subalterns immediately senior and junior to him in his regiment having been promoted Captains to date from the 15th of that month. He tried hard to get back to his regiment from East Africa, and succeeded with great difficulty. While with his regiment at the front he was ordered to take his platoon and turn out some Germans from a trench which had been vacated by some Zouaves on the flank of his trench. On his way over the open ground he was struck by a bullet from shrapnel shell and wounded at the base of the skull, a compound fracture. He was taken that afternoon (8th November) to Poperinghe Field Hospital, arriving on the 11th at the Hotel Christol Hospital, Boulogne, where he died on the 15th November, having never regained consciousness or recognised his parents, who were by his side. He was buried at the private cemetery at his home, Wingfield Park, Derbyshire.

Captain Smith was an exceptionally fine man, 6 feet 5 inches in height, and broad in proportion. He was much liked by his men of the right flank company of the 1st Battalion, Scots Guards, and by his brother officers. He was unmarried.

Extract from De Ruvigny's Roll Of Honour 1914-1918, Volume 1 page 330:

SMITH, BERNARD RIDLEY WINTHROP, Capt., 1st Battu. Scots Guards, only s. of Francis Nicholas Smith, of Wingfield Park, Ambergate, Derby, J.P., D.L., by his wife, Constance Ella, dau. of the late Rev. Benjamin Winthrop, of 82, Cromwell Road, London, S.W., and a nephew of Sir Gerard Smith, K.C.M.G., formerly Limit-Col. Scots Guards; b. at Duffield, near Derby, 19 Dec. 1882; educ. at Carter's, Farnborough; Eton College (Evans' House), and Trinity College, Cambridge (B.A.); gazetted 2nd Lieut., Scots Guards, 1 Aug. 1905, promoted Lieut. 14 May, 1910, and Capt. 1 Nov. 1914 ; was seconded for service under the Colonial Office and appointed A.D.C. to Sir Henry Belfield, K.C.M.G., Governor and Commander-in-Chief of the East African Protectorate, 13 Aug. 1913 ; obtained leave from the Colonial Office to rejoin his regt. on the outbreak of war; returned to France direct in Oct. 1914; was wounded in action in the trenches near Ypres, 8 Nov. 1914. and removed to Christol Hospital at Boulogne. where he died, 15 Nov. 1914 ; unm. His body was brought to England and buried in a private cemetery in Wingfield Park. He rowed No. 8 in the Cambridge eight v. Oxford in 1905.

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