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Names on Memorial

The Parish Council of Etwall set up a War Memorial Committee in September,1919, consisting of the following members.

Mr G T Lynam, Chairman,
Mr E Fowke,
Mr J Fairbrother,
Mr H Vaughan,
Revd. J W Melville,
Mr C T Brown,
Mrs Dawson, (later crossed out)
Mr Martin Faulder, Headmaster, Hon Secretary

From Minutes of the committee appointed by the Parish Meeting November 3rd 1919.

“The names of the fallen were next considered, and it was agreed to exhibit a list in the Post Office asking for omissions and corrections.

Mr Melville undertook to ascertain the correct names of the two Chaplins. There was some doubt about Adams, W and G, but it was agreed to insert them irrespective of their appearance on other memorials”

Having spoken with the researchers at the Derby Family History Society about research into village War Memorials, and the difficulties they had encountered, I knew that research into the Adams brothers would prove difficult. In fact, it was made easier by the revelation that their mother had been born in Etwall, and must have wanted them to be commemorated here, in the quiet serenity of a village churchyard.

There was a great deal of correspondence with the firm of James Beresford and Sons about the form the memorial would take, and the question of the use of marble inserts for the names of the fallen. (We must remember that in 1921 the population of Etwall was only seven hundred, and the money raised for the Memorial was raised by popular subscription).

Ultimately, the War memorial was made from Best Darley Dale Stone, and the names were cut in the stone and highlighted in black enamel. The Memorial was dedicated on May 1st 1921, when the Surrogate Bishop of Derby officiated at the service, and buglers of the Sherwood Foresters sounded the Last Post.