Described at the time as being one of the most impressive village
memorials in the county, it was unveiled by the Duke Devonshire
on Sunday 8th October 1922 to commemorate the men of Dethick,
Lea, and Holloway who had fallen in the First World War.
Built of local stone and standing high on the hillside on a
site given to the community by Mr G. S. Marple, this graceful
obelisk formed a landmark visible for miles around, just like
the one at Matlock. The chimney of the lead
works at Lea can
be seen in the valley below the memorial.
A dedication service was held in the parish church (Christ
Church) by the Bishop of Southwell before the unveiling.
The names of the fifteen casualties of war were inscribed on
a plaque on the church wall together with a new east window,
erected in memory of Second lieutenant George Futvoye Marsden-Smedley;
both were dedicated during the service.
There was then a procession to the memorial site. The Duke
of Devonshire spoke of the sacrifice of war and he expresses
the hope that the war the country had just gone through would
not be known as the Great War in the future but as the last
war. It was not to be.
The photograph was taken not long after
the memorial had been erected and shows a second plaque on
the east face of the obelisk upon which a prayer is inscribed.
Another plaque, with further names, was added to the south
face following the Second World War.
Memorial, west face, with WW1 casualties
The inscription on the west face of the memorial reads: "Bear
in mind the men from Dethick, Lea and Holloway who fought and
died in the Great War 1914-1918.
Pte Arthur Brown aged 19
Pte Stanley Clarkstone aged 19
Pte Ernest Davis aged 28
Pte Frederick George Hawley aged 34
Pte Thomas Hodgkinson aged 30
Corporal William Hodgkinson M.M. aged 22
Pte Wm Andrew Hughes aged 26
Second lieut. George Futvoye Marsden-Smedley aged 19
Pte Harold Marsh aged 20
Lce-cpl. Norman Bywater Miers aged 44
Pte Harold Oakley aged 20
Pte Jack Peach aged 43
Pte Harry Alfred Thorpe aged 19
Gunner Arthur Walker aged 29
Second lieut. Geo Francis Walker aged 40".
Memorial, south face, with WW2 casualties
The inscription on the south face of the memorial reads:" Let
us never forget the men of the parish of Dethick Lea & Holloway
who died on active service for their country in the Second
1939 - 1945
William Colin Eugene Broomhead aged 26
Arthur Bush aged 18
William Stanley Newton aged 32".
The Memorial today