United Kingdom National Inventory of War Memorials
 The Imperial War Museum

Midland Railway - Cenotaph

Our Ref: 893

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Address

Roadside
Midland Rd (B6000)
Derby
DERBYSHIRE
England
DE1 2SQ
 
Type:Cenotaph
OS Map Ref:SK 360 354

Inscription

Cenotaph: TO/THE BRAVE MEN/ OF/ THE/ MIDLAND/ RAILWAY/ WHO GAVE/ THEIR LIVES/ IN/ THE GREAT WAR , MCM/ XIV XIX

Wall, Plaque: (Names)

Components

ComponentMaterial(s)HeightWidthDepthCondition
CenotaphSTONE - PORTLAND9450mm  Good
PLAQUESBRONZE   Good

Physical 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.

Wars Commemorated & People Remembered

WarFirst World War (1914-1918)
Total names on memorial:2833
Served & Returned0
Died2833
Is this an exact count?Not known
Other relevant InformationDetails of name list not known/partially known
How are the names ordered?surname
What information is listed on the memorial? surname
Do we hold a list of names on the memorial?No

Maintenance

Are the letters difficult to read?No
Who is responsible for the memorial?

Network Rail

Maintenance 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

Ceremonies

Date:15 December 1921
RolePerformed By
UnveiledMR CHARLES BOOTH
DedicatedBishop of Southwell
Date:17 December 2010
RolePerformed By
RededicatedRev James Lindsay

Sponsorships

Sponsorship Type: Corporate
Did this include a trust or scholarship?No
Did this include a roll of honour?NOT APPLICABLE
Cost of Site:Not known
Cost of Memorial:£10 958 in 1920
Comments on Costs:

Cost based on contract which included allowance of £997 for sculpture. 2010 restoration cost £18 000 and was supported by the Railway Heritage Trust and Network Rail.

Craftsmen

NameOccupation
SIR EDWIN LUTYENSDesigner
MESSRS PARNELL AND SONBuilder

References

Co-ordinator's Comments:

Lutyens's estimate to Midland Railway Company in file.

Only a partial list of names held of A-B.

A memorial volume listing the names was published, and sent to the families of the fallen. (See our ref 60760).

Order of Service refers to the memory of 2833 men.

Comments: 
Photographs:5
Other Documents:Listing description. Network Rail press release of 12 December 2010 regarding restoration.
Form / Letter:F
Negatives:No
Drawings / Plans:No
Minutes:No
Publications:4
Press Cuttings:10
Publication NameAuthorDate PublishedPage / DateOther Information
AT THE GOING DOWN OF THE SUN: BRITISH FIRST WORLD WAR MEMORIALSBOORMAN, DEREK198829 
Evening Telegraph Hidden DerbyUnknown1999135Reproduction of photograph by Rebecca Russell showing statue of soldier on top of cenotaph.
An Illustrated History of DerbyCraven, MaxwellUnknown245 & 247Description and photograph.
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 1914-1918Peter Robinson2008pp.26-27details of 20 Company employees from Cumbria
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 2010Reports on theft of bronze plaques, their recovery, the sale of the frame for scrap and the convictions of two men responsible.
Derby Evening Telegraph  4/ 18 December 2010Report on restoration and rededication
Rail News  Feb. 2011 
Railstaff  No. 157 (Dec. 2010) 
War Memorials Trust Bulletin  No.48 p.11 (feb. 2011) 
Derby Evening Telegraph  4/ 3 January 2011Photograph of damage to plaques in connection with article on thefts of metal.
Lutyens and the Great WarTim Skelton & Gerald Gliddon2008, Novpp.96,157,168 
OrganisationIdWebsite
The National ArchivesRAIL 491/519 Contract for construction.
Imperial War Museum, Department of Collections Access and LibraryAcc.NO:00/875. Lutyens estimate