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Chaddesden War Memorial

A Grade II Listed Building in Derby, City of Derby

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Latitude: 52.9287 / 52°55'43"N

Longitude: -1.4344 / 1°26'3"W

OS Eastings: 438120

OS Northings: 336958

OS Grid: SK381369

Mapcode National: GBR PVC.NH

Mapcode Global: WHDGT.YN45

Entry Name: Chaddesden War Memorial

Listing Date: 15 April 2016

Grade: II

Source: Historic England

Source ID: 1431922

Location: Derby, DE21

County: City of Derby

Electoral Ward/Division: Chaddesden

Parish: Non Civil Parish

Built-Up Area: Derby

Traditional County: Derbyshire

Lieutenancy Area (Ceremonial County): Derbyshire

Church of England Parish: Chaddesden St Mary

Church of England Diocese: Derby

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War memorial plaque, unveiled and dedicated in 1923, sculpted by A Warren of Derby.


War memorial plaque, unveiled and dedicated in 1923, sculpted by A Warren of Derby.

MATERIALS: it comprises a marble plaque with a sandstone surround set within a roughcast rendered brick wall.

DESCRIPTION: the memorial takes the form of a rectangular marble plaque with a plain sandstone surround and moulded sandstone cornice. It has a stepped frame which is decorated with floral sprigs in relief at the top corners and a laurel wreath with crossed rifle and sword in relief at the head. The inscription reads: 'IN GLORIOUS MEMORY / OF THE MEN OF CHADDESDEN WHO FELL IN THE GREAT WAR / 1914-1918 / [Names] / AND GRATITUDE TO THOSE WHO SERVED'. Below the plaque is a sandstone shelf with an iron rail at the front for the laying of wreaths. The plaque is set within a recess in a wall of roughcast rendered brick with piers topped with sandstone dome finials.

This List entry has been amended to add sources for War Memorials Online and the War Memorials Register. These sources were not used in the compilation of this List entry but are added here as a guide for further reading, 10 August 2017.


The aftermath of the First World War saw the biggest single wave of public commemoration ever with tens of thousands of memorials erected across England. One such memorial was erected in the village of Chaddesden in Derbyshire. Out of a population of around 250, Chaddesden contributed 64 men to the forces, of which 13 lost their lives. To commemorate the men who died a marble plaque was unveiled in the village on 16 September 1923 by Major-General C Van Straubenzee, commander of the 46th (North Midland) Division. It was dedicated by the Reverend J E S Hackford, vicar of St Mary's and honorary chaplain to the forces, with Reverend J T Mumford, vicar of St Andrew's, Derby, and chaplain to the 5th Sherwood Foresters (Territorials), and the Reverend G H Taylor, of King Street Wesleyan Church, also taking part. The ceremony was presided over by Major J D Kerr of the 5th Sherwood Foresters who donated the site. The plaque was sculpted by A Warren of Derby, while the walling within which it was placed was executed by some of the village residents.

Reasons for Listing

Chaddesden war memorial, unveiled and dedicated in 1923, is listed at Grade II for the following principal reasons;

* Historic interest: as an eloquent witness to the tragic impact of a world event on this community, and the sacrifices it made in the first major conflict of the C20;

* Design interest: as an accomplished and well-realised war memorial which takes the form of a rectangular marble plaque with high-quality relief carving;

* Group value: through proximity with No 117 Chaddesden Lane (listed Grade II).

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