A Scarthin former soldier, James Herbert Toplis, was chosen to unveil
Scarthin's War Memorial on the Promenade on 5th September 1920
as he had been the first Scarthin man to enlist. James was the
son of James and Lydia Hannah Toplis of Scarthin and
before the War he had been employed as a Warehouse Clerk at Smedley's
Hosiery Manufactory at Lea.
The names of the Scarthin men who died in the War are listed in
the order in which they died; Joseph Tomlinson was the first Casualty
of War from Scarthin and John A Pidcock the last.
The memorial committee responsible for erecting the memorial was
chaired by Mr. Frederic Charles Arkwright of Willersley, who was
Vice-Lieutenant of the County. His supporters included the local
M.P. Charles Frederick White, whose home was in Scarthin for some
years, and Edward Sims Roworth. Scarthin's ex-servicemen were invited
to attend the Ceremony. During the service the lesson was read
by T. H. Ward and at the end the last post was played by H. Holmes.
It was originally thought that
this programme was the only source of information about
the unveiling. According to several sources, the unveiling was
not reported properly in the press because of a newspaper printers
strike in Manchester which also seems to have affected some Derbyshire
a report has been found (2015) in another local newspaper.
The Service (page 1)
The Service (page 2)