War Memorial, Brockholes
- location: junction of Oakes Lane and Brockholes Lane, Brockholes
- status: still exists
- category: war memorial
First World War
and in proud and grateful memory of our
many sons who served in the European War
of whose gallant number these came not again
Second World War
Historic England Listing
- Grade II
- first listed 21 September 2015
- listing entry number 1429150
Brockholes War Memorial was erected following the end of the First World War to mark the service of local men during the conflict, and to commemorate 22 who had died fighting. Further names were added following the Second World War to commemorate the eight servicemen who fell between 1939 and 1945. Repairs, including the replacement of some damaged stone paving and the restoration of the iron railings, were carried out in 2008, funded by War Memorials Trust.
The memorial stands at the roadside, at the junction of Brockholes Lane and Oakes Lane in a residential area, facing the Victoria Recreation Ground. Built of limestone, it comprises a Latin cross rising from the stepped and moulded coping of a low wall. The front face of the cross is decorated with a reversed sword carved in low relief. Slightly curving flanking walls either side of the wall’s central panel, also with moulded coping, end in simple piers. Wreaths are carved in relief on the flanking walls. That on the left encircles 1914, that on the right, 1919.
A rectangular granite tablet bearing the principle inscriptions is attached to the central panel of the wall. The dedication reads TO THE GLORY OF GOD/ AND IN PROUD AND GRATEFUL MEMORY OF OUR/ MANY SONS WHO SERVED IN THE EUROPEAN WAR/ OF WHOSE GALLANT NUMBER THESE CAME NOT AGAIN/ (22 NAMES)/ SHALL WE FAIL THOSE WHO DIED? Below this a further granite tablet bears an inscription that reads 1939 – 1945 (8 NAMES). All inscriptions are in metal lettering, attached to the stone and painted black.
Two shallow steps lead up to the memorial from a small paved area. That is enclosed by iron railings mounted on a raised kerb. Two stone gate piers support the iron gates to the memorial.
The following map shows locations linked to those named on the memorial:
Notes and References
- Possibly Serjeant Harry Harold Ball (#40445) of the Royal Army Medical Corps who died 28 March 1918. He was born in Mickleover, Derbyshire.