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The Memorial to the Midland Railway Casualties, Derby
The Memorial to the Midland Railway Casualties, Derby
(Photo : Richard Roberts <richard.nsw@googlemail.com>)

We are extremely grateful to Richard Roberts (<richard.nsw@googlemail.com>)for providing the photos of the memorial, and the following notes relating to it.

The Memorial to the Midland Railway Casualties of the First World War is situated on Midland Road, Derby, in front of the Midland Hotel (built about 1840) near to the Railway Station. It commemorates the men of the Midland Railway who died in the First World War. There are 2,834 names recorded on the plaques. Regrettably, some of these plaques have been badly vandalized in places.

The Midland Railway Company erected the Memorial which was designed by Sir Edwin Lutyens in the form of a Cenotaph 31 ft high surmounted by a sarcophagus on which the figure of a fighting man is laid to rest. It was unveiled on 15th December 1921.

22,941 employees of the Company joined up of which 7,068 were wounded and 2,834 died. The names of the dead are inscribed on the memorial and were also published in a contemporaneous book.

Amongst the many names, the following 11 names can be found for men of the Yorkshire Regiment. The notes in brackets have been supplied by Richard Roberts.

Private Maurice Harold Edgar Allsop. 29716. 13th Battalion Yorkshire Regiment, formerly 31411 Notts & Derby Regt. Son of Henry Archer Allsop and Ellen Allsop, of 13, Ashbourne Rd., Derby. Killed 9 April 1917. Aged 22.
Born Derby, Enlisted Derby.
(He was a Turner's Boy in the Carriage & Wagon Works at Derby Station)

Private Harry Ambler. 11181. 6th Battalion Yorkshire Regiment. Died at home 23 August 1916.
Born Leeds, Enlisted Leeds.
(He was a Smith's Assistant in the Way & Works Dept., at Leeds Station)

Private Charles Thomas Beaver. 43730. 4th Battalion Yorkshire Regiment, formerly 71383 87th T R Battn. Killed 11 October 1918. Aged 22.
Born Oakham (Rutland), Enlisted Glen Parva, Resided Rutland.
(He was a Porter in Traffic (Coaching Section) at Oakham Station)

2nd Lieutenant John Greenbank Campbell. 2nd Battalion Yorkshire Regiment. Son of Thomas and Agnes Campbell, of Town Head, Austwick, Lancaster. Killed 8 May 1918. Aged 24.
Commemorated Panel 52 to 54 and 162A, Tyne Cot Memorial.
(John Greenbank Campbell was originally in the West Yorkshire Regiment. He was a signalman in the Traffic (Coaching Section) at Thornton-le-Craven Station.)

Private Arthur Frederick Hough. 47991. 9th Battalion Yorkshire Regiment, formerly 5/18709 T R Battn. Son of Frederick and Clara Hough, of Nottingham. Killed 20 July 1918. Aged 19.
Born Melton Mowbray, Enlisted Nottingham.
Commemorated Giavera Memorial.
(He was a Carriage Washer in the Carriage & Wagon Department at Nottingham Station)

Lance Corporal Leonard Emmanuel Palmer. 21694. 1st Battalion Yorkshire Regiment, formerly 8045 Yorkshire Light Infantry. Son of Robert and Sarah Palmer, of Tooting, London; husband of Florence Hannah Palmer, of 2, Andover St., Pitsmoor, Sheffield. Died 16 March 1917. Aged 30.
Born Tooting (London), Enlisted London, Resided Sheffield.
Commemorated Kirkee Memorial.
(He was a Porter in Traffic (Coaching Section) at Sheffield Station.)

Private George Pemberton. 32769. 8th Battalion Yorkshire Regiment. Husband of Janet Pemberton, of 86, Arundel St., Sheffield. Formerly employed at Midland Railway Goods Station, Queen's Rd., Sheffield. Killed 7 June 1917. Aged 32.
Born Sheffield, Enlisted Sheffield.
Commemorated Panel 33, Ypres (Menin Gate) Memorial.
(He was a Drayman in the Goods Department at Sheffield Station)

Private Bertie George Perrin. 20711. 8th Battalion Yorkshire Regiment. Son of George and Ellen Perrin, of Ulting, Maldon, Essex. Killed 6 August 1916. Aged 22.
Born Ulting (Essex), Enlisted Stratford (London), Resided Ulting (Maldon - Essex).
(He was a Platelayer in the Way & Works Section at Plaistow Station)

Private James Riley. 7599. 2nd Battalion Yorkshire Regiment. Killed 5 January 1918.
Born Leeds, Enlisted Leeds.
(He was a Porter in the Goods Section at Leeds Station.)

Lance Corporal Harry Walton. 7924. 2nd Battalion Yorkshire Regiment. Brother of Mrs. Annie Clarke, of Hademore Crossings, Whittington, Lichfield, Staffs. Killed 25 September 1915. Aged 31.
Born Trinity Tamworth (Staffs), Enlisted Derby, Resided Chelleston.
Commemorated Panel 44 and 45, Loos Memorial.
(He was a Labourer in the Way & Works Department at Ambergate Station)

Private Alexander Greig Wilson. 7488. 2nd Battalion Yorkshire Regiment. Son of David and Frances Wilson; husband of Maud Rafton (formerly Wilson), of 51, Holdforth St., New Wortley, Leeds. Born at Leeds. Killed 26 November 1914. Aged 34.
Born Leeds, Enlisted Richmond (Yorks), Resided New Wortley (Leeds)
(He was a Gas Maker in the Chief Mechanical Engineering Department at Leeds Station )

The Memorial to the Midland Railway Casualties, Derby, showing the plaque with John Greenbank Campbells's name listed.
The Memorial to the Midland Railway Casualties, Derby, showing the plaque with John Greenbank Campbells's name listed.
(Photo : Richard Roberts <richard.nsw@googlemail.com>)

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