World War 1 - Detailed
Compiled and copyright © Michael Peck & Louis Mills 2019
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.
supplied by IWM
the Glory of God
and in honoured
Memory of the men of this
Village who fell in the Great War
1914 - 1919.
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.
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.
(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.
MY SOUL IN
FROM THE BATTLE
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
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,
from Bond Of Sacrifice: Officers Died In The Great War 1914-1916,
Volume 1, page 365:
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.
from De Ruvigny's Roll Of Honour 1914-1918, Volume
1 page 330:
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.
4 January, 2023