Matlock's War Memorial was unveiled in August 1921.
The photographs for the first two postcards were taken shortly after
the ceremony and show the large number of wreaths and other floral
tributes that were placed on the base of the monument. The postcard
above, which is exceptionally clear, shows a small group of people
reading the lists of names, amongst whom is one of the war veterans.
This might have been Col. Sergt. Cocking, who was mentioned during
the service. One
lady can be seen clutching what looks like an order of service.
"There was a great assembly at the unveiling, which took
place at 3.30 on Sunday afternoon. Unfortunately, the weather was
very unpropitious, and rain fell during the whole of the ceremony.
The proceedings opened with an assembly of ex-service men in Crown
Square, and here a procession of a considerable length was formed,
headed by the Matlock Silver Prize Band, and including the Matlock
Amongst the dignitaries and local officials were Rev. J. B. Hyde,
Vicar of All Saints; Canon J. W. Kewley, Rector; Rev. Geo. H. Russell,
Congregational Pastor; Rev. T. B. Heward, Primitive Methodist minister;
Mr. F. C. Arkwright; Councillor L. G. Wildgoose, who also conducted
the Band; Councillor Mr. E. P. Drabble; Mr. F. L. Slater, who sounded
the Last Post and Mr. Charles F. White, M.P.. Rev. Hyde and Mr.
Arkwright were also mourning their own sons.
"An impressive item was the reading of the inscription and
of the list of fallen heroes of Matlock, to whom the monument is
dedicated. This was read by the Rev. Heward", who began:
"1914-1919-In grateful and loving remembrance of our men,
who gave their lives for honour and freedom".
There were several speeches and both Lubin Wildgoose and Charles
White mentioned the widows and fatherless children. Frederic Arkwright
thanked everyone concerned before reminding his audience that
"we must not forget in memorialising the fallen dead the services
rendered by those more fortunate ones who survived the war. They
went through the same horrors and agonies as those who laid down
their lives, and they had been mercifully spared. Many of them
were wounded, and some disabled. Let us never forget what these
surviving ones had done, as well as the men who gave their lives.
Let us take every opportunity of helping them in times of need
- and let us show our gratitude by giving them every help they
required. We must do all we could to see that there was no repitition
of this terrible calamity with which the world had been smitten".
"One hundred and seventy-nine men went out
of Matlock in the strength of their manhood to do battle for us
- they never returned" (Charles White, M.P.).
"May you and I be able to save our day and generation just
as these heroes have done" (Councillor L. G. Wildgoose, C.C.).
"Let us tend and keep it that it will be a real garden of memory
for those who come to visit it" (Councillor E. Drabble, J.P.)
This card was published in 1923, so slightly
later than the previous two images.
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