For this church:
Kirkby-in-Ashfield St Wilfrid
First World War
War Memorial Board
The World War I Memorial takes the form of a board fixed to the west wall of the church, on the north side of the tower. It reads:
below which the 48 names are listed by military rank:
Second Lieutenant W G MASSEY
The final two names are those of Royal Navy personnel for whom some further details have been established:
William Herbert Atkin, 55 Clumber Street, East Kirkby, served in the cruiser HMS Black Prince. He died on 31 May 1916, aged 24, during the Battle of Jutland, when his ship went down with all hands.
Harry Chritchlow, 17 Park Street, Kirkby-in-Ashfield, died on 20 January 1918, aged 18, when HMS Louvain was torpedoed in the Mediterranean.
Roll of Honour
In addition to the principal memorial, there is a Roll of Honour board hanging on the west wall of the church, to the south of the tower. This lists the names of 146 men who enlisted at the start of the Great War. The names are carried within an ornate border and below the shields of the allies. Beneath the central shields of Great Britain and France, the following is inscribed:
FROM 4 AUGUST 1914 TO
It would appear that the intention had been to inscribe the date of the end of the war, but that was never done, possibly because hostilities ended with an Armistice and servicemen remained on active duty until the Peace Treaty.
Beneath the ornate border is the legend:
BRETHREN PRAY FOR US
War Memorial Window
One of the windows forms another War Memorial to those killed in the First World War.
The War Memorial for the Second World War takes the form of a memorial book in a glass-topped display case. The front cover of the book carries the inscription:
The memorial book was prepared by calligraphist George Shacklock in 1950 and each page carries a single hand-lettered name in the centre, with a cross at the top and a beautiful water-colour of a flower at the bottom. There are 27 names in the book (two of which are of women) and each name has a different flower. The flyleaf carries the words
LEST WE FORGET
with its own flower – the poppy.
The names are in alphabetical order and carry no rank – just their individual flower:
A new organ was also given to the church as a memorial to those who fell in the Second World War.
On the south wall of the chancel is a brass plaque to Albert Louis Salmond who was killed in 1902 during the Boer War.