The Lych-Gate and War Memorial

St. Mary's Church, Boulton-by-Derby

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The Lych-Gate at Boulton St. Mary's Church was built in the early 1920's by Mr Joseph Thomas Fisher as a Memorial to those of the parish who lost their lives in the Great War 1914 - 1919. An old photograph of the Lych-Gate can be found on the history section of this Website at the link shown below.

Historical Picture Gallery - Page 3

On Sunday 24th April 2005 the Memorial was Re-dedicated following extensive refurbishment of the roof by Mr Mark Stafford

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The Rev'd Tim Wright leads the congregation in the Act of Re-dedication and Remembrance at the Lych-Gate, Boulton St. Mary's Church.

Let us remember before God and commend to his sure keeping:

Those who have died ..... We will remember them.

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The plaque reads:

For God King and Country

1914 - 1919

               
G.H. Bates
W.G. Baldwin
J.H. Briggs
P. Butler
G. Collins
W. Chandler
E. Dent
J.L. Eyre
H. Fearn
S. Foster
H.W. Fox
V. Green
D. Granger
E. Hallsworth
S. Hallsworth
A. Innocent
G.F. Jeffries
          
W. Kirkman
A. Marsh
A. Mills
E.G.B. Pell
W.R. Scott
A.G. Stevens
A.V.S. Swinburn
E. Swinburn
N. Talbot
A.R. Talbot
S. Turner
W. Walker
G.E. Weaver
F. Weston
E. Whotton
E.W.C. York
 

They shall grow not old, as we that are left grow old:
Age shall not weary them, nor the years condemn.
At the going down of the sun and in the morning
We will remember them.

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Almighty and eternal God,
From whose love in Christ we cannot be parted,
Either by death or life:
Hear our prayers and thanksgivings
For all whom we remember this day;
Fulfil in them the purpose of your love;
And bring us all, with them, to your eternal joy;
Through Jesus Christ our Lord. Amen.


The undermentioned service men of WWI are buried or referred to on memorials in the churchyard of Boulton St. Mary's but are not recorded on the Lych-Gate Memorial. The most prevalent reason for this is that these men were not resident in the parish of Boulton-by-Derby when enlisted.

Montague Gobbett, Private 133571, Royal Army Medical Corps, died 18th November 1918, son of Mr E. Gobbert, of 41 Trent Street, Alvaston, Derby. War Grave in Boulton St. Mary's Churchyard.

Fred Parker, Corporal, 24231, Sherwood Foresters, died 3rd January 1916, aged 41, son of William and Hannah Parker, born at Egginton, Derby. War Grave in Boulton St. Mary's Churchyard.

Harry Hurt, killed in action in France 1st July 1917, aged 24 years. Parents buried in Boulton St. Mary's Churchyard.

George Platt, killed in action 1918, aged 30 years. Parents buried in Boulton St. Mary's Churchyard.

James G. Handford, Pte. 25317, 1st Btn. Grenadier Guards, died of wounds in France, 20th December 1916, aged 26 years. He is recorded on the Midland Railway War Memorial in London Road, Derby and is buried in Grove Town Cemetery, Meaulte, France. His family lived at 19 Peel Street, Derby which is not in the parish of Boulton-by-Derby. His parents are buried in Boulton St. Mary's Churchyard.

Harry Evans, killed in action March 1918. Parents buried in Boulton St. Mary's Churchyard.

Harold Cope, Pte. 242781, Kings Own Yorkshire Light Infantry, killed in action 21st May 1917 at Bullecourt, France, aged 35, he has no known grave but is recorded on the Arras Memorial. His parents are buried in Boulton St. Mary's Churchyard.

Wilfred Thomas Cope, Pte. 235040, Suffolk Regiment, formerly Pte. 268642, Sherwood Foresters, killed in action in France 30th July 1918, aged 32, brother to Harold Cope above.

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Roll of Honour - Boulton-by-Derby

A file of the Roll of Honour is available as a pdf download from here.

 

 

Music:  "Jesus Calls Us"

By Elton Smith, Larry Holder and Steve Israel

Courtesy of Songs of Praise Website

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11 November 2015