Here are two of the three photographs that were taken during the
unveiling ceremony on 21 May 1921. A large crowd
of invited guests and local residents, including the family members
of the men who had died, were present. Several members of the web
mistress's family attended the service.
The Chairman of the committee who had raised funds for the memorial
was John William Boden, and he was supported at the ceremony
by Mr. F. C. Arkwright; Rev. W. Askwith, the Vicar of Holy Trinity;
Councillor A. W. Witham, Chairman of the UDC; Charles Frederick
White, M.P.; Rev. B Hughes Smith, Wesleyan Minister and Matlock
Bath Councillors. J. W. Boden had been colour sergeant for
the old "F" Company of Volunteers.
Rev. Askwith was to leave Matlock Bath the following week, so this
was his last public act for the village.
During the ceremony he dedicated the memorial with a short prayer,
including the words:
"... in memory of our brothers departed:
George William Boden
Frank Wigley Boden
William Henry Britland
Thomas Cecil Burdett
Clarence Hugh Coates
Lewis George Dickinson
William Henry Elliott
William John Finney
William Henry Gregory
Angus Walker Hall
William Ernest Knight
Arthur Thomas Morgan
Thomas Bertram Reynolds
Alexander Anthony Sims ... "
Although some had undoubtedly seen the carving beforehand, one
can imagine a feeling of wonderment and pride amongst all the sadness
as the union flag was lowered to reveal the really beautiful memorial.