St. Christopher's Church - Ellistown

World War I, World War II

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  • Listing Status: Not Individually Listed
  • District: NW Leics
  • Made by: Mr JH Morcom, the Newark, Leicester
  • Parish: Coalville

Swithland slate tablets within Chellaston alabaster frame with a wreath and mould of carved laurel leaves (WW2 added to bottom). Nowy head surmounted by Christ on cross with Virgin Mary and St John. Unveiled December 1919; dedicated by Dr Norman Lang, Lord Bishop of Leicester. Cost 100 pounds

View Further Details Memorial Type:Tablet Ref: WMP0389 Other Designation: N/A Notes: The Lord Bishop of Leicester (Dr. Norman Lang) at a special service at St. Christopher’s Church, Ellistown, on Wednesday evening, December 17th, 1919, dedicated a memorial tablet which has been placed in the church with the names inscribed upon it of 30 men from Ellistown who fell in the great war. The tablet, executed by Mr J. B. Morcom, of the Newark, Leicester, is of beautiful design. The names of the fallen are engraved on a slab of Swithland marble, framed in Cheliston alabaster, with a wreath and surrounding mould of carved laurel leaves, the whole surmounted by a cross with the sculptured figure of the Saviour upon it. There are also the sculptured figures of St. Mary and St. John. The figure of Christ on the Cross is to show in an unmistakeable way the sacrifice willingly made and nobly borne; those of John and Mary have an obvious message of sympathy for the mourners, while the laurel leaves are a symbol of honour. The cost has been borne by voluntary contributions and amounts to about £100, the whole of which has been raised. The dedication service was largely attended, and was very impressive. It consisted of evensong, and after the reading of the third collect, the Bishop, led by the two churchwardens, Messrs. J. A. Hume and G. B. Lagoe, proceeded to the tablet which is on the left well of the church, a few yards from the entrance, and performed the dedication ceremony, after which buglers sounded “The Last Post.” The Bishop afterwards gave an address, and during the service the hymns, “Fight the good Fight,” “Soldiers of Christ,” “There is a blessed Home,” and “For all the Saints,” were sung. A collection was made for the memorial fund, in connection with which it is also proposed to provide a book to be kept permanently in the church, containing the names of all the men from the parish who served in the war. UKNIWM Ref: 37858 Commissioned By: Public Information Sources: AF, Rfp


St. Christopher's Church - Ellistown
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WW2 tablet : [NAMES] / 1939-1945

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Name Rank Unit Batt Died Ashby - Robert Sapper Royal Engineers 178 Coy 21/12/1915 Bacon - L Bainbridge - Albert Edward Corporal Lincolnshire Regiment 2 14/10/1944 Barnes - Amos Private Lancashire Fusiliers 18 15/04/1917 Barney - William Lance Corporal Leicestershire Regiment 1/5 30/06/1915