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ROWSLEY WAR MEMORIAL

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Compiled and copyright © Michael Peck & Louis Mills 2019

Rowsley, or Great Rowsley, is a village 3 miles south-east of Bakewell amd 5½ miles from Matlock. The Rowsley War memorial is located in the churchyard of St Katherines Church, Church Lane, Rowsley, Derbyshire. It takes the form of a grey stone, wheeled, Celtic cross, heavily decorated on the front face, with the other faces showing a dimple cut; the whole stands on large, inward tapering, plinth which shows partial dedication and names, with a large oblong two stepped base beneath, the top step has the remainder of the dedication; the whole memorial is set on a concrete base. Nine names are listed for World War 1 and three names for World War 2.

Extract from Derbyshire Advertiser and Journal - Saturday 19 February 1921, page 5:

WAR MEMORIAL AT ROWSLEY
The Marquis of Granby’s Address.

The unveiling and dedication of the war memorial erected in the churchyard at Rowsley in remembrance of the men from the village who fell in the war, took place on Sunday afternoon. A procession was formed near the railway station, and this included ex-Service men, of whom Lieut. W. A. Lytle had charge; members of the local Lodge of the R.A.O.B., etc. The procession then passed through the village, and on reaching the churchyard the band played “Lead, kindly Light.” The lesson was read by Mr. W. Bacon, after which the names of the fallen were read as follows:— Joseph Barber, John Wm. Boden, Chas. Brookfield, Chas. Fredk. Hyde, Geo. Clifford Pope, Thos. Pugh, Geo. Wm. Skinner, Herbert Wm. Stone, and Herbert Wain. The unveiling ceremony was performed by the Marquis of Granby, and whilst a hymn was being sung floral tributes were placed on the memorial by relatives and friends the fallen soldiers.

The Marquis said:—l had little thought when was at Rowsley at the beginning August, 1914, that one of the first, and certainly the most important and pathetic duties I should be called upon to perform, would be to unveil a memorial to the memory of Rowsley men, who died for their country in the greatest war ever known. But it has happened, and although it is a very sad and solemn moment and one that I shall always remember, I am particularly glad to be here amongst you to day to unveil this monument, and to pay tribute in the best and most fitting way those Rowsley friends and comrades who have through their courage and patriotism, finished their lives on I this earth. They are not the most to be pitied to my way of thinking—as they have achieved their greatest and most glorious action, and are now happy. It is for those they have left behind that we are indeed sad, and for whom we shall always give out our pity and help them to be as happy possible, as I am sure their lost sons and relations would wish them to be Peace has been won by their sacrifice, and it now for every one of us to help to keep that peace which has been gained through them. We must all do our very best for the memory of those men who died. The monument, as you will see, is a copy of the cross of lona, cut in hard Derbyshire Gritstone. The work was carried out by Mr. W. Shimwell, of Youlgreave, while the sculpture on the actual cross has been beautifully done by his son, Mr. Maurice McLean Shimwell, who had completed that portion and was about to commence the work carving the letters at the base, when he suddenly died. I want to thank Mr. Shimwell for myself and on behalf of everyone in Rowsley for his fine work and that of his son, and to tender to him our deep sorrow in his great loss. I must now thank Mr. Bullock, Mr. Cooper, and all the members of the committee for their invaluable work in arranging and carrying out all the details involved in this memorial, and all the subscribers who have helped most generously and thereby made such a fine monument possible.

The dedication ceremony was performed by the Rev. G. G. A. Bullock, Vicar of Rowsley, who also gave an address, in the course of which he said that they did not erect memorials of successful millionaires or profiteers, and they never would. Their fallen soldiers had done their duty in the war, although hating the whole thing, with a hatred that none but those who had been through the trenches could ever feel.

Mr. W. B. Cooper, chairman the Memorial Committee, then formally handed over the monument to the Vicar of Rowsley. It bore the following inscription: "In thankful memory of the men this parish, who, by the Grace God, gave their lives in the war 1914-1919, at the call of their country, for the cause of righteousness and peace throughout the world.”

The monument is 15 feet high, and the work was carried out by Mr. Shimwell, of Youlgreave, at a cost of £120.

The following constituted the committee:- Mr. W. B. Cooper (chairman), Captain J. Milligan (hon, treasurer), Mr. G. A. Walker (hon. sec.), the Rev. G. G. A. Bullock and Messrs. F. W. Whitehead, A. R. Snow, J. Wright, W. Bacon, R. A. Scase, Mrs. Caudwell, and Mrs. Wildgoose.

 

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IN THANKFUL MEMORY OF
THE MEN OF THIS PARISH
WHO BY THE GRACE OF GOD
GAVE THEIR LIVES IN THE
WAR OF 1914-1918 AT THE CALL
OF THEIR COUNTRY FOR THE
CAUSE OF RIGHTEOUSNESS
AND PEACE THROUGHOUT THE
WORLD

BARBER Joseph
Lance Corporal 12793. 9th Battalion, Sherwood Foresters (Nottinghamshire and Derbyshire Regiment). Killed in action Gallipoli 9th August 1915. Only child of Joseph and Sarah Mason Barber (nee Goacher). Born c1894 (as census, birth record not proven), Marple CHS, enlisted Derby and resident Rowsley. Commemorated Helles Memorial. Panel 151 to 153.
BODEN John William
Private 37041. 2nd Battalion, Lancashire Fusiliers, formerly 44395 North Staffordshire Regiment. Killed in action 23rd October 1916. Son of John James and Ada Boden (nee Hensbergh). Born 1893 Rowsley and enlisted Bakewell. Commemorated Thiepval Memorial. Pier and Face 3C and 3D.
BROOKFIELD Charles

Lance Corporal PO/123(S), Royal Marine Light Infantry. Portsmouth Battalion. Royal Naval Division. Died 12th July 1915. Son of William Arthur and Anna Brookfield (nee Elliott). Born 10th November 1894 Southport LAN and enlisted 8th September 1914. Commemorated Helles Memorial. Panel 2 to 7.

Note: mother baptised Rowsley 1870 and present Little Rowsley 1881.

HYDE Charles Frederick John
Sergeant 1436. Queens Own Oxfordshire Hussars. Killed in action 27th April 1915. Son of Frederick and Esther Jane Hyde (nee Sephton). Husband of Ada Hyde (nee Stevens. Marry January 1915 Rowsley). Born 1886 Banbury, enlisted Banbury OXF and resident Rowsley. Commemorated Vlamertinghe Military Cemetery. II.A.6.
POPE George Clifford
Gunner 122072. D Battery, 94th Brigade, Royal Field Artillery. Killed I action 14th October 1917. Son of John and Hannah Pope (nee Baker) of Rowsley. Noted as fianc of Edith Annie Johnson. Born 1889 New Mills (as census) and enlisted Mansfield NTT. Commemorated La Clytte Military Cemetery. III.D.25.
PUGH Thomas
Private 241747. C Company, 2/6th Battalion, Sherwood Foresters (Nottinghamshire and Derbyshire Regiment). Killed in action 24th April 1917. Son of Thomas and Lily Pugh (nee Mitchell). Born 1895 Darley Dale (as census), enlisted Matlock and resident Rowsley. Commemorated Templux-Le-Guerard British Cemetery. I.A.35.
SKINNER George William
Private 9873. 2nd Battalion, East Lancashire Regiment. Killed in action Neuve Chappelle 14th March 1915. Son of William and Anne Elizabeth Skinner (nee Wright) of Rowsley (as 1911). Husband of Amelia Skinner (nee Swatton, now wife of Alfred C White). Born 1886 Darley Dale, enlisted Chesterfield (regular soldier 1911) and resident Hurstbourne HAM. Commemorated Ville-Chapelle New Military Cemetery. VII.B.9.
STONE Herbert William
Private 240356. 6th Battalion, Sherwood Foresters (Nottinghamshire and Derbyshire Regiment). Killed in action 23rd April 1917. Son of William and Mary Elizabeth Stone (nee Clay) of Rowsley. Husband of Florence E Stone (nee Hutchings). Born 1896 Wensley, enlisted Bakewell and resident Leicester LEI. Commemorated Arras Memorial. Bay 7.
WAIN Herbert
Private 43078. 14th Battalion Durham Light Infantry attached 11th Battalion Lancashire Fusiliers, formerly 2430 Derbyshire Yeomanry. Killed in action 20th April 1918. Son of John and Charlotte Wain (nee Brown). Born 1893 Rowsley, enlisted Derby and resident Rowsley. Commemorated Tyne Cot Memorial. Panel 128 to 131.

THEY WERE A WALL UNTO US BOTH BY NIGHT AND DAY

1939-1945
RICKETTS Herbert Wain
Flying Officer (Navigator) 54692, Royal Air Force Volunteer Reserve. 299 Squadron. Killed in action 31st March 1945 (crewing Short Stirling LK332 on supply drop to resistance, shot down by German night fighter. No survivors). Son of William Henry and Bertha Ricketts (nee Wain) of Rowsley. Born 11th November 1918, enlisted 1939 and commissioned 1944. Commemorated Sondeled (Indre) Churchyard. Collective Grave.
WAIN A J
Unable to identify A J Wain.
Possibly John Alwyne Wain. Pilot Officer (Pilot) 114644, Royal Air Force Volunteer Reserve. 151 Squadron. Killed in action 10th August 1942 (piloting de Havilland Mosquito DD623 on standing patrol, vectored onto enemy aircraft and crashed into sea for unknown reason. Both crew killed). Son of John and Florence Annie Wain (nee Blore) of Darley Dale. Born 1921. Commemorated Runnymede Memorial. Panel 72.
WILSON Francis Percy
Private 5888540. 1st Battalion, Loyal Regiment (North Lancashire). Died 16th February 1944. Son of Francis Charles and Edith Wilson (nee Skinner). Husband of Ethel Wilson (nee Atkin) of Great Rowsley. Born 1915. Commemorated Anzio War Cemetery. III.J.7.

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