News Snippets for 1940–1945

What follows are news snippets with Crich Parish interest from various newspapers for the period 1940 to 1945

As with all transcriptions there could be "typos" which is always a possibilty with audio trancriptions, although care has been taken.

The following index shows parish names that appear in some of the reports – allow for spelling variations; plus omissions are possible owing to human error.

The list is of transcribed names in the reports and articles:

ALLSOPP COLEMAN HALL LEATHERLAND SMITH
ALLWOOD COOPE HAMMOND LEE STANLEY
ARCHER COWLISHAW HARRISON LESTER STINSON
ASHLEY CRESWELL HARTLE LEWSLEY STOCKS
ASHMAN CURZON HASLAM LOWE STONE
ASKEW DAKIN HAY LUDLAM SUTTON
ATTEWELL DAVENPORT HAYWOOD LYNAM TAYLOR
BARBER DAWES HEAPPEY MACDONALD THORNTON
BERESFORD DOWLER HESKETT MARTIN TOMLINSON
BERRISFORD DUNN HOBSON MASON WALKER
BISHOP ELLIOTT HOLMES MUNSLOW WASS
BOOKER ELSE HOLTAM MURRAY WHITAKER
BOWER FANTOM HORSPOOL OLIVER WHOLEY
BOWLER FERN HOUSLEY ORTON WILLIS
BOWMER FLINDERS HUDSON POYSER WILSON
BROWN FLINT JACKSON REDFERN WOOLLEY
BURNHAM FOX JONES REEVES WRAGG
BURTT GAUNT JOYNER ROE WRIGHT
BYARD GEORGE KIRKLAND ROLLINSON  
CLARKE GRATTON KNEEBONE RUST  
  GREENHOUGH      

In the transcriptions names have been capitalised to aid quick searches; also some transcriptions have had minor edits.

Many of the newspaper reports of weddings at the time contained full details of clothing, bestman, bridesmaids, congregation and a list of presents received. Only the basic marriage details have been transcribed. Similarly funeral reports often gave long lists of mourners and floral tributes received. Refer to the original newspapers, which can be found on the "Find My Past" website, if the additional information is of interest.

During this period there were many references to Crich Parish Council meetings, social events, court cases and church meetings which have not been transcribed.

1940 newspapers

Derby Daily Telegraph 10 January 1940
DEATHS
James Henry DAWES, aged 60, at Windsor House, Crich, on January 8, beloved husband of Elsie DAWES. Funeral at Crich Church on Thursday at 3:15 pm.
[there were many reports about his sudden death]

Ripley and Heanor News 9 February 1940
A pretty wedding was solemnised at St Luke’s Church on Saturday morning between Miss Marjorie ROBINSON, daughter of Mr and Mrs G.S. ROBINSON, of the White Hart Inn, Heage, and Mr Laurence HOLMES, son of Mr and Mrs S.L. HOLMES, of Crich.
[there followed a report of the wedding]

Derby Daily Telegraph 27 February 1940
The funeral will take place at Crich Churchyard tomorrow of Mr Thomas THORNTON (76) of Royal-Street, Salford, who lived at Fritchley and Bull Bridge for more than 20 years. Mr THORNTON, who died in hospital on Saturday, went to live at Salford, on the death of his wife 15 months ago.
[there followed a brief obituary]

Derby Daily Telegraph 28 February 1940
Mr Henry Gilbert BISHOP, of Broom Boyd, Crich Common, has been appointed to the post of head teacher at South Normanton Boys Council School. He succeeds Mr H. BRANSTON, who is retiring. Mr BISHOP has been Head Teacher of the Fritchley CE Mixed School.

Ripley and Heanor News 16 February 1940
Mr John Frederick ALLSOPP (68), a retired wire drawer, of Tor Cottage, Bennetts Lane, Crich, collapsed and died at the Kings Arms Hotel, Crich, last Thursday night. Mr ALLSOPP went to the hotel shortly before 7 o’clock and ordered a glass of beer. He started talking to Mrs ASHLEY wife of the licensee, when he suddenly dropped his pipe and fell from his seat. Dr J.H. MURRAY was called, but Mr ALLSOPP died before his arrival. About eight years ago Mr ALLSOPP had a leg amputated, and since the operation, had suffered from heart trouble.

Derby Daily Telegraph 12 March 1940
The death took place yesterday of Mr William ARCHER (75), of “Highfield,” Fritchley, at the home of his daughter, Mrs H. MARCH at Heath-road, Ripley. Mr ARCHER , who was a keen gardener, has lived at Fritchley since he was 14 years of age when he obtained employment as a porter on the old Midland Railway at Ambergate Station. He continue to serve on the railway for 50 years, retiring 10 years ago from the position of booking attendant at Ambergate. He was treasurer of Fritchley Mission Church and a member of the Church Council of Crich Parish Church. He leaves a widow, who was his second wife, and three daughters. The funeral will be at Crich on Thursday.

Derbyshire Times 22 March 1940
The wedding took place on March 9 at Crich Church, of Miss Enid Elizabeth JOYNER youngest daughter of Mr and Mrs W. JOYNER, of Crich and Mr Norman MARCHANT, youngest son of the late Mr W. MARCHANT, of Hasland, and Mrs J. BROOMHEAD of Holloway.
[there followed a report of the wedding]

Ripley and Heanor News 29 March 1940
On Easter Monday a pretty wedding took place at St Luke’s Church, Heage, when the Rector joined in happy matrimony Miss Grace STORER, third daughter of Mr and Mrs Ernest STORER, of Shop Lane, Nether Heage, and Mr Harry HOLTAM, son of Mrs HOLTAM and the late Mr HOLTAM, of Hills Cottages, Crich.
[there followed a report of the wedding]

Derby Daily Telegraph 30 April 1940
A member of the staff of the Derbyshire County Library, Miss Kathleen M. GAUNT, eldest daughter of Mr and Mrs A. GAUNT, of “Thornedge”, Crich, and Mr Ivan BALDWIN, son of Mr G BALDWIN and of the late Mrs BALDWIN, of Swanwick, were married at Crich Baptist Church. The bridegroom is serving with the RAF.
[there followed a report of the wedding]

Ripley and Heanor News 24 May 1940
At a special meeting of the 1st Crich Pack of Wolf Clubs, Bernard SMITH, a member of the Pack, was awarded the Gilt Cross for Gallantry for rescuing his cousin from drowning at Fritchley on March 19. The presentation was made by Miss K.O. MOON, Assistant County Commissioner. Mr A. RIMMER, the county secretary, commented on the good reputation held by the Pack. Success he said, was due to the enthusiastic leadership of the Cubmaster, Miss A.M. HAMMOND, and her helpers, together with the keenness of the members.

The Derby Evening Telegraph 4 June 1940

Fire pump article

Derby Daily Telegraph 7 June 1940

military funeral of Herbert Lee 1940

[he is remembered on the memorial gates at St Mary's Church, Crich: Herbert LEE]

Ripley and Heanor News 26 July 1940
The annual pilgrimage to the Sherwood Foresters Memorial at Crich has been suspended the duration of the war.

Ripley and Heanor News 2 August 1940
The lists published by the University of London announcing the successes obtained by candidates from University College, Nottingham, included the name of John G. DAWES, of Crich, who gets his Bachelor of Science Degree (physics, first class honours).

Ripley and Heanor News 6 September 1940
DEATHS
On August 31, at Crich, Mary Elizabeth KNEEBONE, aged 65 years.

Ripley and Heanor News 27 September 1940
A pretty wedding took place at Crich Parish Church on Saturday when Mr Wilfred SPARHAM, son of Mr and Mrs Samuel SPARHAM, of Eagle Street, Heage, was joined in happy matrimony to Miss Winifred ROE, daughter of Mr and Mrs W. ROE, The Green, Fritchley.
[there followed a report of the wedding]

Ripley and Heanor News 25 October 1940
A pretty wedding was solemnised at St Luke’s Church, Heage, on Tuesday, the contracting parties being Miss Lucy STORER, youngest daughter of Mr and Mrs Ernest STORER, Guide Post, Nether Heage, and Mr George BYARD, eldest son of Mr and Mrs R. BYARD, of the Common, Crich.
[there followed a report of the wedding]

Ripley and Heanor News 27 December 1940
A Crich soldier and his Ripley bride were married at All Saints Church Ripley, yesterday (Thursday). The contracting parties were Miss Audrey Gwendolyn SMITH, younger daughter of Mr and Mrs George SMITH, of Heage Road, Ripley, and Pte Ewart LESTER, youngest son of Mr and Mrs Jos. LESTER, of Market Place, Crich. The bridegroom, who was serving in the Royal Ordnance Corps, was granted three days special leave for the occasion.
[there followed a report of the wedding]

1941 newspapers

Derbyshire Times 10 January 1941
MARRIAGES
At CrichParish Church on Thursday last week Dennis HARRISON to Edna May SMITH, both of Crich.

Derby Daily Telegraph 5 February 1941
Mrs Mary Hewarth MACDONALD, of Roskeen, Crich, who died on July 28, at Rhos-on-Sea, Denbighshire, widow of Dr George Godfrey MACDONALD, left £2413 11s 4d gross with a net personality £2304 2s 7d. Probate has been granted to her daughters.

Derbyshire Times 7 February 1941
MARRIAGES
On Saturday, January 25, at South Wingfield Parish Church, Oliver BRAMLEY, South Wingfield, to Nelly LEWSLEY, Crich.

Derbyshire Times 14 February 1941
Fusilier R.C. CLARKE (24), The Yews, The Common, Crich, is a dispatch rider in the Welsh Fusiliers. He was employed at Sutton in Ashfield. He is married and has one son.

Fusilier R. Clarke 1941

Derbyshire Times 28 February 1941
In loving memory of a dear dad Arthur ORTON, who fell asleep at Field House, Crich February 26, 1940; also a dear mother, Annie, who fell asleep May 12, 1939.

Derby Daily Telegraph 23 April 1941
I have often had occasion to mention mobile canteens, but not until yesterday, when I attended the presentation of one by Derbyshire County Union of the National British Women’s Total Abstinence Union to the YMCA, did I quite realise the full range of mobile canteen work. Miss P.A. HOBSON, of Crich, who is “captaining” the canteen, told me that not only the mobile canteens carry food and drink but shaving soap, polish, brushes, dusters and all manner of odd things needed by men in the Forces who are far from shops, and they have also been known to carry a small stock of stockings and perfume as presents which the men can buy for their girlfriends.

Derbyshire Times 2 May 1941
BIRTHDAY GREETINGS
These “Cornerites” have birthdays during the coming week. Here’s wishing them a happy birthday and lots of nice presents:
May 5: Eileen MUNSLOW, Crich

Derbyshire Times 16 May 1941
SERVING WITH THE FORCES
Trooper Harold MARTIN (23) eldest son of Mr and Mrs MARTIN, Crich, and husband of Mrs Kathleen MARTIN, of Clay Cross, was employed at Oakerthorpe Colliery. He has been serving overseas since January 1940.

photo Harold Martin 1941

Derby Daily Telegraph 28 May 1941
Scholarship awards, Belper Herbert Strutt
Desmond KNEEBONE, Crich.

Derbyshire Times 15 August 1941
The deaths of Mr William WASS, and Mrs Jane Elizabeth WASS, both aged 75 years, of Field Cottage, Whatstandwell, occurred at their home on Sunday. Shortly after the death of his wife, Mr WASS was taken suddenly ill and died the same night. They had been married 53 years. Mr WASS, who was employed as a wire drawer by Messrs Richard Johnson and Nephew Ltd for over 50 years, retired 11 years ago. They leave two sons and one daughter.
[there followed a report of the funeral]

Derbyshire Times 22 August 1941
Mr George Ellis WHITTAKER, of 213 Hornby Rd, Blackpool, and formerly of The Sycamores, Crich who died on April 22 aged 80 years left £5852 4s 6d gross, with a net personality £4589 15s. His wife having predeceased him, he left his property equally between his children or their issue.

Ripley and Heanor News 12 September 1941
The wedding took place at Ambergate Parish Church on Monday of Miss Gladys KEY, only daughter of the late Mr T. Key and of Mrs KEY, Wood View, Ridgeway, Ambergate, and Mr John Arthur Howard ASHLEY, only son of the late Mr J. ASHLEY and of Mrs ASHLEY, King’s Arms Hotel, Crich.
[there followed a report of the wedding]

Derbyshire Times 26 December 1941
The wedding took place by special licence at Crich Parish Church, on Sunday, of Miss Kathleen Mary LOWE, daughter of Mr C.H. LOWE, Villa Rosa, Whatstandwell, and second lieutenant Frank R. (Cliff) WALLEY, Royal Welsh Fusiliers, son of Mr F.G. WALLEY Hafryn, Corwen, North Wales. The bride and bridegroom are ex-students of the Herbert Strutt School, Belper. The bride proceeded from there to the Diocesan Training College, Derby, and is now on the staff at Ambergate schools. The bridegroom went from Strutt School to Reading University, and up to the time of joining the Forces was in business with his father. The bride’s father is well-known in Derbyshire sporting circles, and is chairman of the Matlock and District Football League.

Derbyshire Times 26 December 1941
Mr G.K. DUNN, Broom Road, Crich Common, has sent 13/- to the Red Cross Agriculture Fund, Reading.

1942 newspapers

Ripley and Heanor News 9 January 1942
The marriage took place at Ripley Baptist Church on Saturof Miss Olive YATES, youngest daughter of Mr and Mrs U. YATES, of Fern Avenue, Ripley, and Mr George DOWLER, fourth son of Mr and Mrs T. DOWLER, of the Common, Crich.
[there followed a report of the wedding]

Derbyshire Times 16 January 1942
MARRIAGES
On January 10, 1941, at Crich Parish Church by the Rev H.E. JONES, John Geoffrey DAWES, Crich, to Lorna Graham WHOLEY, Fritchley.

Derbyshire Times 6 February 1942
MARRIAGES
On January 31 at the Presbyterian Church, Ilford, Essex, Gordon Percival SMITH, Crich, to Margaret Elizabeth COOK, Ilford.

Ripley and Heanor News 6 February 1942
CRICH COMPLAINT
SHOES AND CLOTHING WANTED FOR EVACUEES
Complaint of the “serious position” in which evacuees at Crich now found themselves as regards shoes and clothing was made by Mr F.J. LYNAM, the parish representative, at a meeting of Belper Rural Council last Saturday.
“Their footwear is terrible,” he added. “If something is not done I shall retire as billeting officer for Crich. Most of them have colds because they come home with their feet wet.
“It is no good the foster parents to try to do their duty, because they get down every time. I feel most strongly about it.”
The chairman, Mr J.E. CRESWELL, said that schemes were being operated by the Southend authorities to care for evacuees from their area.

Ripley and Heanor News 27 February 1942
A keen pigeon fancier and one who has won several cups and medals was Mr William BYARD, of Kirkham Lane, Fritchley, who died on February 12 in Derbyshire Royal Infirmary, at 57 years of age.
[there followed a report of the funeral]

Derbyshire Times 13 March 1942
Pte John W. FANTOM, only son of Mrs and the late Mr W.H. FANTOM, Park Head, Crich, was called up on June 13, 1940, and is in the Middle East. His wife and little daughter live at Lea Wood Tunnel

photo of John Fantom 1942
John FANTOM

Derbyshire Times 27 March 1942
MARRIAGES
At Crich Parish Church on Saturday, George W. WILSON, RAF, VR, of Ripley, to Constance Irene Wright, of Crich.

Derbyshire Times 15 May 1942
Mrs Sarah Ethel GREENHOUGH, Crich, died on Friday after a long illness. The interment took place at Crich Churchyard after a service in the Baptist Chapel, of which she was a lifelong member. Mourners were: The Husband and Alfred, Mr and Mrs P. HENSHAW (Holloway) and Mr and Mrs HILLIARD.

Derbyshire Times 17 July 1942
YOUNG FOLK’S CORNER
Prize Winner – Joan FERN, Woodland Villas, Crich
Q: Why is the letter A like a sweet smelling flower?
A: Because a bee (B) comes after it

Derbyshire Times 17 July 1942
The family of Mr William James LEE, Crich, desire to thank all relatives and friends for their messages of sympathy and floral tributes sent during their sad bereavement.

Derbyshire Times 31 July 1942
YOUNG FOLK’S CORNER
Birthday Greetings: August 6 – Olive RUST, Crich
Q: Why should soldiers in the desert care a watch?
A: Because there’e a spring in it.
Q: What do you part with every day but still have it?
A: A comb

Derbyshire Times and Chesterfield Herald 14 August 1942
Charge against N.F.S. of improper use
Complaints of improper use of the Parish Room by the N.F.S. who use it as headquarters, were made to Crich Parish Council meeting on Monday.
Mr E.A. ASHMAN said that the caretaker had reported to him that when he came to the room at 6 o’clock that evening he found it full of lads playing darts, and the room, which had previously arranged for that meeting was disarranged. It was not only the Fire Service, said Mr ASHMAN, but youths from 14 upwards. The room was becoming a darts and card gaming room and it was no place for that.
Mr ASHMAN also complained of the large number of electric light bulbs which were burnt out by the N.F.S., and said the caretaker had changed four that night. The N.F.S. had made a practice of taking bulbs from lighting points in an adjoining room when the bulbs in their own room burnt out. This had inconvenienced others who hire the adjoining room and it must be stopped.
The Clerk (Mr A. HASLAM) observed that the Council had treated the N.F.S. with every consideration which had not been reciprocated.
Mr ASHMAN pointed out that the N.F.S. had to go into the adjoining room to switch on their own lights, but if they had an independent switch they would have no cause to use any other room than their own headquarters.
The motion of Mr G.E. TAYLOR, seconded by Mr ASHMAN, it was agreed to provide an independent switch for the N.F.S. room and to ask the N.F.S. to provide their own bulbs.

Derbyshire Times 11 September 1942
Mr and Mrs T. BERESFORD, Crich, wish to thank all relatives and friends for sympathy and floral tributes, also the doctors and staff at Walton Sanatorium during their recent bereavement.

Derby Daily Telegraph 15 September 1942
Miss Enid M. BERRISFORD, daughter of the late Mr J. BERRISFORD and of Mrs BERRISFORD, of “Dunrovan”, Shaws Hill, Whatstandwell, was married at St Mary’s Church, Crich, to Driver E. TOON, of the Royal Engineers, son of Mr and Mrs E. TOON, of 3, Jackson Avenue, Mickelover.
[there followed a report of the wedding]

Derby Daily Telegraph 7 October 1942
MARRIAGES
On Tuesday, October 6, 1942, at St Mary’s Church, Crich by the Rev start in the Rev H.E. JONES, John Frances HALL E.R.A., R.N., to Marjorie Elsie GAUNT, both of Crich.
[Note: E.R.A. was Engine Room Artificer]

Derbyshire Times 6 November 1942
YOUNG FOLK’S CORNER
Prize Winner: Mavis JACKSON (11), Market Place, Crich.
Q: what is taken from you before you get it?
A: your portrait

Derbyshire Times 27 November 1942
MARRIAGES
On November 21, at St Marys Church, Crich by the Rev H.E. JONES, Pte Joseph WESTON, Belper, to Freda STOCKS, Crich.

Derby Daily Telegraph 1 December 1942
An old lady of 82 who lives at Crich has sent 178 pairs of socks and four scarves, knitted by herself to the British Red Cross in two years of war. She is Mrs WRAGG, and the story of her family makes this work of hers seem far more than just so many knitted articles. It also has a bearing on the human side of the mining industry which is far more significance as an appeal for fuel economy and half the slick slogans we invent these days. Coal means men’s lives and health are at stake, and the story of the WRAGG family brings this lesson home.
Her son was a Derbyshire miner, and I say was because he is now a cripple. He enlisted in the last war, was taken prisoner, and sent to work on a German farm. He returned to the mines after the war until 1924 when his spine was fractured as the result of a pit accident.
For 18 years he has lived the life of a cripple, but he follows the war news eagerly, his main wish being that he could be with the Eighth Army. His savings go into the country’s war chest, and he keeps himself cheerful and busy by all manner of handwork. He follows the news in the papers, reads extensively, and for other interesting talks on the wireless. He hopes that one day he will be able to buy an auto-carriage so that he can travel round the hills in his home district.
His father is 78, and has just taken on an extra piece of garden in his “dig for victory” campaign.
So, behind Mrs WRAGG’s knitting for the Red Cross is the story of how she does all her own house work, looks after her crippled son and her husband. When Bebe Daniels cracked a Thanksgiving joke on the wireless recently. “I know who the Pilgrims were; they were the British women,” she was not so very far from the truth.
[see her son George WRAGG’s WW1 record: George WRAGG ]

Derbyshire Times 11 December 1942
MARRIAGES
On November 28, at Crich Parish Church Pte. Victor Sowter KNEEBONE, Fritchley, to Marjorie SMITH, Crich.

Ripley and Heanor News 11 December 1942
The death took place last Thursday of Mrs Emma MARTIN, wife of Mr Caleb MARTIN, of Mill Street, Somercotes, after a long and trying illness at 68 years of age. Deceased was born at Crich, and in her younger years was an exceptionally good soprano singer, whose services were in constant demand at oratorios and concerts in the district. The MARTINs are all musically minded and her sons have been connected with the various brass bands in Somercotes and Riddings district for over 20 years. The late Mrs MARTIN’s husband conducted Crich United Brass Band for nine years, and since residing at Somercotes had been a bandsman. A husband, six sons, four daughters, 26 grandchildren, and six great grandchildren are bereaved.
[there followed a report of the funeral]

photo Emma Martin 1942
Mrs Emma MARTIN

Derby Daily Telegraph 19 December 1942
... Four other Derby and district officers who were missing after the fall of Singapore are now reported to be prisoners of war. They are:
[included in the list]
Lieut. Hector William ELLIOTT (27), of the 5th Sherwood Foresters, son of Mr and Mrs C.S. ELLIOTT, Grove House, Crich.

1943 newspapers

Ripley and Heanor News 15 January 1943
Birthday greetings to Fred LUDLAM, the eldest son of Mr and Mrs Charles William LUDLAM, Thorpe Hill, Fritchley, who was 23 years of age on January 11.
We wish this birthday greeting, to Fred, our soldier son, to remind him there is a memory at home from everyone. From his mum and dad, brother and sisters, also wife Ivy and little daughter Freda.

photo of Frederick LUDLAM 1943
Fred LUDLAM

Derbyshire Times 22 January 1943
DEATHS
Hannah, died January 12, wife of George BOOKER, The Cross, Crich. Interred at Crich Church January 16 aged 68 years. “Greater the cross, brighter the Crown.”

Ripley and Heanor News 23 April 1943
On Saturday afternoon the marriage was solemnised at the Nottingham Road Methodist Church, Ripley, between Dr Gordon WHITTINGHAM, M.A., eldest son of Mr and Mrs W. WHITTINGHAM, “Sunrays”, Ambergate, and Miss Diana BYARD, only daughter of Mr and Mrs A. BYARD, “East View”, The Common, Crich.
[there followed a report of the wedding]

Derby Daily Telegraph 11 May 1943
Killed in action in North Africa in April 1943, Richard Frederick SUTTON, Gunner, Honourable Artillery Company, husband of Winifred (née HORSPOOL), of Crich, Matlock and only son of Mr and Mrs G. SUTTON, Hope, Sheffield.
[Note: Richard Frederick SUTTON married Alice Winifred HORSPOOL at Crich in Q4 of 1941. He was killed in Tunisia 26 April 1943; he was recorded as a resident of HOPE.]

Derby Daily Telegraph 2 June 1943
Scholarships to Herbert Strutt School
Joan FERN (Crich)
Michael A.WILLIS (Crich)

Ripley and Heanor News 4 June 1943
Official notification has been received by his wife that Pte. Fred LUDLAM, Derby Road, Belper, eldest son of Mr and Mrs C.W. LUDLAM, of Fritchley, who was reported missing at the fall of Singapore, is now a prisoner of war in Japanese hands at Malai Camp.
Pte. LUDLAM saw service in France and was evacuated from Dunkirk. Prior to being called up he was employed at Pentrich Colliery. His wife and also his parents and brothers and sisters wish to thank everyone who have made enquiries about him.
[Note: Fred died in December 1943 whilst in captivity ]

photo of Fred Ludlam

Pte. Fred Ludlam

Fred Ludlam is remembered on the Memorial Gates at St Mary's Church, Crich: Fred LUDLAM]

Derby Daily Telegraph 30 June 1943
A schoolroom was the centre of ration book distribution at Crich. It was both stuffy and dim, and when a light was called for, the venerable gas brackets seemed quite incapable of appropriate response. A messenger was dispatched to “a competent authority” in the village. Although he could not at once visited the scene himself he evidently knew the lighting system “off by heart” for he sent back the message, “just turn the tap and wait for the gas”. Sure enough, there arrived after a due interval, a sufficient flow of gas to give a teeny-weeny light that tempered the gloom and gave a measure of first-aid to the business in hand.

Derbyshire Times 2 July 1943
A father and son were slightly injured at Crich on Thursday week by an explosion from an object which the son found in an old quarry which is used by the Home Guard as a firing point. They are Arthur BOWLER (36) process worker, and his son Graham (11), both of Prospect Terrace, Crich. Apparently Graham who was with his cousin Desmond KNEEBONE (12), Chapel Lane, Crich, found a metal object resembling a grenade cap in the quarry and attempted but failed to remove the detonator. Graham took the object home and gave it to his father, who took it into the garden and struck it with a hammer. It exploded and caused superficial wounds to the legs of both father and son, and killed a fowl in a nearby run. Small pieces of the cap which were found in the garden were later identified as part of a grenade which had been fired from a rifle, but left a small amount of explosive in the bottom of the cap.

Derbyshire Times 2 July 1943
DEATHS
On June 26 at “Ashleigh”, Crich, Mr Joseph HAYWARD, aged 62.

Derbyshire Times 9 July 1943
BIRTHDAY GREETINGS
ALLWOOD (Crich) – love and best wishes to Jack (serving in the Middle East) on his 21st birthday July 9. From Ma, Pa and Violet.

Derby Evening Telegraph Monday, July 19, 1943
HUNDREDS AT IMPRESSIVE CRICH MEMORIAL CEREMONY
Hundreds of people from Derbyshire and Notts gathered at Crich Memorial yesterday afternoon for the 20th annual pilgrimage to The Sherwood Foresters Regimental Memorial.
The grass slopes leading to the memorial were covered with people and lining the flight of stone steps from the Smith-Dorrien Memorial to the tower were row upon row of men in the county Regiment.
REGULAR UNITS
Regular units of the regiment were there, but they were outnumbered by Home Guard and Cadet detachments.
Lieut General Sir Douglas Brownrigg drew attention to this in his address as Colonel of the Regiment.
“We see here today,” he said, “that the men of our regiment are represented by their fathers and by their younger brothers.”
Gen Brownrigg pointed out that two years ago the pilgrimage was attended by many whole time regular service Battalions.
OUR AMBASSADORS
“Now they are nearly all abroad,” he continued. “I can tell you that three battalions took part in the recent North African campaign, and we now know the worth of these ambassadors from the counties of Nottinghamshire and Derbyshire.
“This pilgrimage may have changed in composition, but has not changed one whit in spirit and local sentiment.”
The splash of bright colour which relieved the mass of khaki was provided by two former members of the regiment, Pensioners BEAUMONT and THOMPSON who were both in their scarlet uniforms.

Derbyshire Times 23 July 1943
YOUNG FOLKS CORNER
Prize winner – Joan FERN (10), Woodland Villas.

Derbyshire Times 6 August 1943
YOUNG FOLKS CORNER
Birthday Greetings – August 6 – Olive RUST, Crich

Ripley and Heanor News 20 August 1943
The wedding was solemnised at Ambergate Parish Church on Saturday between Miss Mavis ALLEN, only daughter of Mr and Mrs F. ALLEN, West Bank, Ambergate, and Cpl Duncan COOKE, RAF, eldest son of Mr and Mrs W. COOKE, The Common, Crich.
[there followed a report of the wedding]

Derbyshire Times 27 August 1943
MARRIAGES
At Crich Church, Saturday, Leslie GREENHOUGH R.E.M.E. to Nora HARRISON.

Derbyshire Times 27 August 1943
YOUNG FOLKS CORNER
Birthday Greetings – August 28 – Wilfred HUDSON, Crich

Ripley and Heanor News 17 September 1943
A former workman at Wingfield Manor colliery, Lance-Sgt Ronald Wilfred STANLEY, fourth son of Mr M. STANLEY, the Hat Factory, near Crich, has been killed in action. This message has been received from the War Office by his wife, who is living with her parents at Manor Road, The Fleet, Belper. After leaving Wingfield colliery, Ronald was employed at the Celanese Works, Spondon, before joining the Forces.
[the following text had many blank spaces obliterating several words]
He was in the ?? landing at Madagascar ?? in India, Iraq and ??East. and afterwards where he was wounded and ?? killed in action in the same campaign.
[he is recorded on the memorial gates at St Mary’s Church, Crich: Ronald Wilfred STANLEY]

Ripley and Heanor News 1 October 1943
Considerable interest centred in a pretty wedding solemnised at Bethesda Church, Codnor, on Saturday last, the parties concerned being Miss Mary Gwendolyn BOAM, youngest daughter of Councillor and Mrs R. BOAM, of Waingroves, and Lance bombardier Reginald STINSON, son of Mr Edward and the late Mrs STINSON, of Crich.
[there followed a report of the wedding]

Derby Daily Telegraph 6 October 1943
DEATHS
On October 5, 1943, at Hill Crest, Smalley (late of 233 Osmaston Road, Derby), Jane the dearly beloved wife of the late John DAWES, of Crich, passed peacefully away aged 93 years. Funeral at Crich Church on Friday at 11.15. No flowers by request.

Ripley and Heanor News 8 October 1943
Loving birthday greetings to our dear son and brother, Private Kenneth STANLEY, of Crich, serving in Sicily, on his 20th birthday, October 8
If all the world was ours to give, we’d give it, yes, and more, to see the face of him we love, come smiling through the door.
with al our love, from Mam, Dad, Brothers and Sister and Fiancé Dorothy.

photo Kenneth Stanley 1943
Kenneth STANLEY

He was killed in action on 22 January 1944.
[he is remembered on the Crich Memorial Gates at St Mary’s Church: Kenneth Cyril STANLEY]

Derbyshire Times 1 October 1943
MARRIAGES
On Saturday at Crich Mount Tabor Chapel, Charles MASON to Doreen FLINDERS.

Derbyshire Times 15 October 1943
YOUNG FOLKS CORNER
Birthday Greetings – October 19– David STOCKS, Crich

Derbyshire Times 29 October 1943
YOUNG FOLKS CORNER
Birthday Greetings – October 29 –Colin HOLMES, Crich

Derbyshire Times 12 November 1943
YOUNG FOLKS CORNER
Birthday Greetings –November 12 –Margaret FERN, Crich

Derbyshire Times 3 December 1943
MARKINSON – Cherished memories of my dear sweetheart, also also friend, Eunice, died December 12, 1940, through enemy action – Tom and all at “West Bank”, Crich
[Eunice was the daughter of Mrs. M. MARKINSON, of 25 Guilthwaite Crescent, Whiston, Rotherham.who died at Porter Street shelter.]

Derbyshire Times 17 December 1943
YOUNG FOLKS CORNER
Birthday Greetings –December 17 –Desmond KNEEBONE, Crich

1944 newspapers

Derbyshire Times 21 January 1944
YOUNG FOLKS CORNER
Happy Birthday – January 23 – Cynthia BURNHAM, Crich

Derbyshire Times 28 January 1944
YOUNG FOLKS CORNER
Happy Birthday–February 3 – Glyn REEVES, Crich

Ripley and Heanor News 4 February 1944
Mr and Mrs J.I. WOOLLEY, of the Sherwood Foresters Memorial Lodge, have received notification that their eldest son, Pte D. WOOLLEY, has been seriously wounded in action while serving with the 5th army in Italy, and is now in hospital in the Middle East and progressing favourably. Pte WOOLLEY’s father was disabled in the last war while serving with the 7th Battalion Sherwood Foresters. Before joining the Forces Pte WOOLLEY was employed by Bosworth’s butchers, Belper.

Ripley and Heanor News 18 February 1944
CRICH GUNNER A PRISONER
Mr S. ELSE, West Bank, Crich, has received a letter from his son Gnr. S. ELSE, that he is now a prisoner of war in Germany, having been recaptured two months after escape from confinement in an Italian camp, and when almost in sight of the Allied lines.
Gnr. ELSE, who was employed by Mr C. WILKINS, chemist, Crich, joined the R.A. January, 1940, and went overseas in January, 1942. He was taken prisoner in May 1942 and had been in Italy. 18 months when he made his unsuccessful attempt to escape. For about 10 weeks he enjoyed freedom, and was only a few hours from the Allied lines when he was recaptured. In his last letter he writes: – “I was free in Italy from September 11th to November 20th, and almost made our lines by a few hours. I haven’t let my spirits go in spite of not being successful, but I am very disappointed. I am been treated well and receiving Red Cross food parcels weekly, for which I am very grateful.

Derbyshire Times 18 February 1944
Pte Alfred HAY (27) husband of Mrs Vera HAY, Crich, joined in January 1943, and has seen service in North Africa and is now in Italy. Previously to joining he was employed by the Sheepbridge Coal and Iron company, and lived in Chesterfield.

photo Alfred Hay 1944

Derbyshire Times 25 February 1944
MARRIAGES
At Crich Church, February 19, Leonard COOKE, Belper to Mona MASON, Crich.

Ripley & Heanor News & Ilkeston Division Free Press 3 March 1944
CRICH SOLDIER MISSING
Pte. Kenneth STANLEY (20), second son of Mr. and Mrs. J. STANLEY, Archway Cottage, Crich, is officially reported missing.
He joined the Army in June in 1942 went overseas in June 1943 and has seen service in Sicily and Italy.
Before joining the Forces Pte. STANLEY was employed at Messrs. Stevenson's Dye Works.
[Note: He was killed in action on 22 January 1944.]
[his name is on the Crich Memorial Gates at St Mary’s Church: Kenneth Cyril STANLEY]

Derbyshire Times 17 March 1944
MARRIAGES
At Crich Church, on Saturday, Jack TOWN, Sutton, to Joyce KIRKLAND, Whatstandwell.

Ripley and Heanor News 24 March 1944
Able Seaman Terence James Bowyer DAWES, whose home is at Crich, has been mentioned in dispatches for “skill and daring in light coastal craft in a sharp engagement with the enemy”.

Derby Daily Telegraph 31 May 1944
Sgt George WILSON, whose wife lives at The Croft, Crich, has been officially reported as missing on flying operations. He is 25, the second son of the late Mr A. WILSON and of Mrs E.M. WILSON of Heage Rd, Ripley. An employee of Messrs Rolls-Royce before volunteering for the RAF in 1942, Sgt WILSON passed out as a Sgt bomber in Canada in 1943. He was a member of the Derby Cycling and Athletic Club and the Derby Ivanhoe Cycling Club. He has a brother also serving in the RAF.

Derbyshire Times 9 June 1944
DEATHS ON ACTIVE SERVICE
Cpl William Harry POYSER, Crich, killed in action, Burma, May 10 a dearly loved son and brother .
[he is remembered on the memorial gates at St May’s Church Crich: William Harry POYSER]

Derby Daily Telegraph 15 June 1944
The wedding is arranged between Edwina Muriel, younger daughter of Mr and Mrs T. FOX, Parkhead, Crich, and Capt J.M. ALLISON (para regiment, A.A.C.) youngest son of the late Captain and Mrs G.ALLISON, of Radley to take place in the immediate future.

Derbyshire Times 16 June 1944
BIRTHS
At Willersley Castle Nursing Home, on June 14 to Margaret and Gordon SMITH, Crich – a son (Robert Gordon).

Derby Daily Telegraph 20 July 1944
Official news has been received by Mrs S.E. HEAPPEY of “Lyistan” Baker Street, Alverston, that her husband Pte Albert HEAPPEY has died from wounds in Normandy. Pte HEAPPEY , who was in the Forces for four years formerly lived at Crich, where he was well-known as a bellringer and assistant cubmaster. His brother is fighting in Italy. Their father was seriously injured in the last war.
[he is remembered on the Memorial Gates at St Mary’s Church Crich: Albert HEAPPEY]

photo Albert Heappey 1944

Ripley & Heanor News 28 July 1944
CRICH SOLDIER KILLED
Mrs. J. Davenport, of New Road, Crich, has been oficially informed that her son Pte. Nelson Davenport (25), has been killed in action in France.
Pte. Davenport who joined up in January 1940, had been stationed in England until the invasion of France.
He was previously employed by the Clay Cross Co., at their Cliff Quarry, Crich.
[he is remembered on the Memorial Gates at St Mary’s Church Crich: Nelson DAVENPORT]

Derbyshire Times 4 August 1944
The wife and Family of the late John T GRATTON, Crich, thank all friends for the kind expressions of sympathy and floral tributes in their bereavement.

Ripley and Heanor News 4 August 1944
News has reached Mr and Mrs Alfred LEATHERHEAD, of The Green Man Lane, Heage, that their son-in-law Fusilier Rex Castle CLARKE, of the Royal Welsh Fusiliers , was posted missing , believed wounded, on July 2, in North West Europe.
He joined the Forces nearly five years ago, and in civil life was at Morley's Hosiery Works at Sutton in Ashfield. His wife resides at the Common Crich.

Ripley and Heanor News 8 September 1944
The death took place on Sunday of Mrs Sarah TAYLOR, widow of Mr Gervasse TAYLOR, of Sprout Farm, Tansley, at the home of her daughter, Mrs J.H. SMITH, of Crich, at 86 years of age. The interment was in Tansley Churchyard on Wednesday.

Derbyshire Times 22 September 1944
YOUNG FOLKS CORNER
Happy Birthday–September 26 – Barbara TAYLOR, Crich.

Derbyshire Times 13 October 1944
MARRIAGES
September 30, Friends Meeting House, Euston Road, London, Edmund’s son of late Joseph BURTT, of Crich, to Ruth daughter of late George AYNSLEY-SMITH of Darlington.

Derbyshire Times 1 December 1944
YOUNG FOLKS CORNER
Happy Birthdays–September 3– Ethel DAKIN, Crich.

Ripley and Heanor News 1 December 1944
Greetings to A/B Bernard REDFERN, for your 21st birthday and best wishes for a speedy and safe return – from Aunty Fran, Uncle Arthur and Margaret, at Ripley.
Greetings to A/B Bernard REDFERN of Bull Bridge, on his 21st birthday, December 4, serving abroad on Motor Gun-boats.
What better greeting can we send, than God protect you to the end? – From Mother and Dad, Olive and Jim, and all at Saw Mills.

Ripley and Heanor News 3 December 1944
Birthday greetings to our dear son, A.B. Bernard REDFERN, son of W. REDFERN , Bull Bridge, on his 20th birthday, December 4, serving somewhere at sea with the motor torpedo boat.
God keep you safe is our prayer,
Wash over you with care,
I’d bring you safely back to us.
From his loving Mam and Dad, Olive and Jim, and all Sawmills.

Photo of Bernard Redfern in ww2

A/B Bernard REDFERN

1945 newspapers

Derbyshire Times 12 January 1945
BIRTHS
FLINT: On December 29, The Common, Crich, to Edna (née ALLEN) and Harold – God’s gift of a son (Alan Samuel).

Ripley and Heanor News 2 February 1945
DEATHS
On January 27, at The Yews, Crich, Alfred LEATHERLAND, aged 77 years.

Derby Evening Telegraph: 9th February 1945
Lightning Fires Church: Saved By Stirrup-Pumps
Crich Parish Church was struck by lightning yesterday afternoon and but for the prompt actions of residents armed with stirrup pumps, it would have been destroyed.
A bus driver and some villagers saw smoke rising from the roof of the church and three men Messrs. Norman SMITH, George SMITH and Samuel HOLMES, seized their stirrup pumps, rushed to the church and began at once to tackle the flames, which were already raging inside the building.
Pews were alight and roof timbers were ablaze but the men were able to prevent the fire gaining a hold on the church and when the N.F.S. arrived from Ripley, the danger was quickly averted.
The Divisional Officer told a “Telegraph” representative that although the N.F.S. would have liked to have been quicker on the scene the promptitude of the three men probably saved the church from complete ruin.
Flames From Gas
It is assumed that lightning struck the church, fractured a gas pipe, and ignited a jet which in turn set fire to woodwork the flames spreading along to some black-out curtains and then penetrating into the roof.
Three or four sets of pews were destroyed, cornices in the ceiling were also burned, but the lead “flash” reduced the danger of the whole roof being involved.
The church was full of smoke and so intense was the heat that several memorial tablets were damaged. Nobody had been in the building during the day.
Some villagers said they saw “a ball of fire” hit the roof of the church.
“TerrificCrack”
One woman who was indoors at the time, heard a “terrific crack” and when she ran out saw smoke pouring from the roof. “It all happened in a flash,” she said.
The church of St Mary, Crich, dates back to the 12th century and contains many historical monuments.

Derby Daily Telegraph 22 February 1945
Joseph COWLISHAW, 24 years old son of Mr and Mrs G. COWLISHAW, of Eden House, Whatstandwell, has died in Derbyshire Royal Infirmary from injuries which he received when he collided with a pedestrian, Mr E. STREET, of Crich Carr, when cycling in Coddington Lane, Whatstandwell, on Tuesday. Mr STREET was also injured, and he is detained in hospital with head injuries. He was stated today to be progressing favourably. Mr COWLISHAW, who was single, had been employed at Oakerthorpe Colliery since he was discharged from the Forces six months ago. He served in the Royal Marines for two and a half years.

photo of Joseph Cowlishaw 1945

Ripley and Heanor News 2 March 1945
A verdict of “Death by misadventure” was recorded by the District Coroner at a Crich inquest on Wednesday into the death of Mrs Elizabeth BARBER, a 72 year old widow, of Folds-yard, Crich, who suffered concussion when she fell from a chair while attempting to clean the windows at her home last Friday. She died at her home on Sunday.

Ripley and Heanor News 9 March 1945
The death took place last Saturday morning under tragic circumstances of Mr J.B. (Bert) REDFERN at his home at Beech Lawn, Crich. Deceased, who was 65 years of age, was a brother of Ald. W.W. REDFERN, C.C.of Ripley. He was found sitting in his chair, having apparently passed away during a heart attack. He was for many years with the British Automatic Telephone Co., and retired in 1940 owing to ill health. He was also a director of REDFERN’s Ltd., Ripley. The interment was at Crich on Wednesday.

Derbyshire Times 16 March 1945
BIRTHS – on March 5, at “Clovelly”, Crich, to Mr and Mrs Arthur SMITH (née Dorothy (Dolly) GEORGE) – a son (John Keith). Thanks to doctor, nurse and Mrs HOLMES.

Derby Daily Telegraph 3 April 1945
Private Lesley (sic) BOWMER (30), son of Mr and Mrs H. BOWMER, of Town End, Crich, has been killed in Burma. He joined up in June 1940 and was sent overseas in May 1942. Before enlisting Private BOWMER was employed by British Celanese, Ltd. He was a member of the Mount Tabor Chapel, Crich.
[he is remembered on the Memorial Gates at St Mary’s Church, Crich: Leslie BOWMER]

photo Leslie Bowmer 1946

Derbyshire Times 27 April 1945
MARRIAGES
Craftsmen Reg SMITH R.E.M.E. Whatstandwell to Nelly RICHARDSON at Crich Church Saturday, April 21.

Ripley and Heanor News; 11 May 1945
The VE-Day celebrations in Crich and district were well up to the high standard of other villages in the area, and a gay carefree spirit pervaded the whole of the arrangements. Every street throughout the village was bedecked with flags and bunting, and some of the houses called for special commendation. The bells of the centuries-old church pealed their victory message and called to worship a representative gathering of every domination in the parish on the evening of VE-Day.
Following the service and monster procession formed outside the church, and headed by patrol leaders of the Girl Guides as colour bearers, and the band, the procession paraded the village. Every organisation in the village was well represented in the assembly, and crowds lined the streets to witness the impressive victory parade. Outdoor and indoor activities for all ages kept the celebrations on Wednesday in a constant spirit of revelry, and it is certain the memory of the VE-Day will long be cherished by all who participated and particularly by the youngsters.

Ripley and Heanor News 11 May 1945
The sad news has been received by Mrs J.A. SMITH, of Bull Bridge, that her husband, Guardsman Joseph Alan SMITH, aged 23 years, was missing and on April 30 that he was killed on March 29, in Western Europe. A letter was received from the Padre and the War Office to this effect. Guardsman SMITH leaves a wife and baby son, aged 16 months. The son of Mr and Mrs Wilfred SMITH, Sun Lane, Crich, he was employed at Richard Johnson’s, Ambergate, before joining up.
[ he is remembered on the Memorial Gates at St Mary’s Church, Crich: Joseph Alan SMITH]

Derbyshire Times 11 May 1945
S/Sgt Alfred L.BROWN joined the army in September 1940, and has been abroad for more than four years. For three years he has been attached to the Sudan Ordnance Corps. His wife who lives at Sunnyside, Crich, is on the staff of Crich Council School.

photo of Alfred Brown 1945

Ripley and Heanor News 18 May 1945
Gunner Harry REDFERN, 25 years old son of Mr and Mrs REDFERN, of Town End, Crich, has arrived home after being released from a P.O.W.Camp in Germany. He was called up in 1939 and served with an anti-aircraft battery until 1941, when he was transferred to the Navy. His ship was sunk in July 1942, and the crew were taken prisoner. The Germans kept them at sea four and a half months before landing them in France, from where they were removed to Germany. Gunner REDFERN was employed by Cliff Quarries, Crich.

Derbyshire Times 18 May 1945
The family of Mr E.W.HARTLE, Crich, thank neighbours and friends for kind sympathy in their bereavement, also Mr J.B. MARSDEN-SMEDLEY for kindness over many years.

Derby Daily Telegraph; 29 May 1945
SMITH–WILSON
The engagement is announced between Flying Officer Walter J. SMITH DFM, of Walesby Newark, and Irene WILSON of "The Croft", Crich.

Derbyshire Times 1 June 1945
SMITH–WILSON
The engagement is announced between F/O Walter J SMITH DFM, son of Mr. and Mrs. E Smith, Walesby Newark, and Mrs Irene WILSON, daughter of Mr, and Mrs. S. WRIGHT, "The Croft", Crich.

Derby Daily Telegraph 5 June 1945
MARRIAGES
The wedding took place at St Mary’s Church, Crich, on May 30, 1945, of Margaret Nora HOUSLEY daughter of Mr and Mrs W. HOUSLEY, Crich, and Terence James Bowyer DAWES, son of Mrs E. DAWES, Crich.

Derbyshire Times 8 June 1945
MARRIAGES
Petty Officer Terry DAWES to Margaret HOUSLEY at Crich Church, May 30

Ripley and Heanor News 8 June 1945
ENGAGEMENTS
The engagement is announced between A.B.Frederick Roy BROWN, serving in the Royal Navy, the only son of Mr F. BROWN, Bennetts Lane, Crich, and Betty, the only daughter of Mr and Mrs D. WALKER, The Common, Crich.

Long Eaton Advertiser 9 June 1945
REDFERN (Stoker 1st class) Bernard – Happy birthday to my dearest husband, serving on Mediterranean waters. May God bless and keep you safe till we meet again. – Your loving Wife and Children; also Family

Derby Daily Telegraph 29 June 1945
Officers and men of the Sherwood Foresters Regiment who have been prisoners of war in Germany for several years will take part in the annual church parade and pilgrimage to the Regimental War Memorial, Crich, on Sunday, July 15.

Derby Daily Telegraph 6 July 1945
After a lapse of more than five years, the beacon light is again to be shown from Crich Stand, the Sherwood Foresters War Memorial. It is to be switched on on Sunday, July 15, the day on which the annual pilgrimage of the Sherwood Foresters Old Comrades Association takes place. The light is visible for a distance of 45 miles and it revolves every 11 seconds. It will be on from dusk to dawn every night.

Derbyshire Times 6 July 1945
Loving memory Albert HEAPPEY, Crich, died of wounds Normandy July 4, 1944. “Happy and smiling always content. Loved and respected wherever he went.” Father, Mother, Sisters and Brothers, Crich
[he is remembered on the Memorial Gates at St Mary’s Church, Crich: Albert HEAPPEY]

Ripley and Heanor News 20 July 1945
CRICH AIRMAN AWADED M.B.E.
News had been received by Mrs. M.J. Wilson, "The Bower", Crich, that her husband, S/Ldr. Henry WILSON, RAF., Has been awarded the M.B.E. (Military Division)in the King's birthday honours list.
S/Ldr. WILSON joined the RAF at the outbreak of hostilities in Sept. 1939, and has served in Iceland, France, Belgium and Holland.
At the present time he commands a unit in the 2nd Tactical Air Force in North-West Germany. He has previously been twice mentioned in dispatches for devotion to duty during the early days of the European invasion.
Prior to the outbreak of war S/Ldr. and Mrs. WILSON resided at South Wingfield.

Derby Daily Telegraph 28 July 1945
ENGAGEMENTS
The engagement is announced between Ernest, only son of Mr and Mrs F. HESKETT, Rock-terrace, Crich, and Betty youngest daughter of Mr and Mrs J. WOOLLEY, Toadmoor-lane Ambergate.

Ripley and Heanor News 10 August 1945
The marriage was solemnised at St Mary’s Church, Crich, between Miss Winifred Madge TOMLINSON, daughter of Mr and Mrs James TOMLINSON, The Tors, Crich, and A.B. Bernard REDFERN, of Bull Bridge.
[there followed a report of the wedding]

Derbyshire Times 10 August 1945
WHATSTANDWELL BLAZE
The fire call was received on Sunday morning, either brigade under Section Leader R. STONE, found a pair of cottages in Middle Lane, Whatstandwell, involved. One cottage and its contents were burnt out when the N.F.S.arrived but they prevented serious damage to the second cottage. The brigade assisted by retained men at Crich were employed at the scene of the fire for nearly four hours.

Derbyshire Times 10 August 1945
MARRIAGES
On July 31, at Crich Wesleyan Church L.A.C., G.K. CURZON (RAF) to Margaret Mary RUMBELOW, Swansea.

Ripley and Heanor News 17 August 1945
Miss Joyce Vivian COOPE, eldest daughter of Mr and Mrs J. COOPE, Greenfields, Fritchley, was married to Mr Clifford BRAMLEY, eldest son of Mr and Mrs F. BRAMLEY, Amber Row, Wessington, at Crich Parish Church last Saturday
[there followed a report of the wedding]

Derby Daily Telegraph 20 August 1945
ST. MARY’S CHURCH, CRICH RESTORATION AFTER FIRE.
Builders and others desirous of submitting a price for the restoration and cleaning of St Mary’s Church Crich, for the Vicar and Parochial Church Council, are requested to communicate with the architects not later than Wednesday, August 22, 1945. Applications for specification to be accompanied by a cheque for £1 1s, which will be returned on receipt of a bona fide tender.

Derbyshire Times 31 August 1945
DEATHS
LEE – Hannah Ruth, widow of James Thomas LEE, late of Victoria House, Crich, passed peacefully away August 27 at “Aviemore” Steetley, Sutton Coldfield.

Ripley and Heanor News 7 September 1945
The marriage was solemnised at St Mary’s Church, Crich, on Saturday between Miss Jean BARBER, daughter of Mrs F. ROLLINSON and the late Mr Leonard BARBER, of “Holme Dene”, Chadwick Lane, Fritchley, and Mr Joseph William ASKEW, only son of Mr and Mrs S. ASKEW, of Parkhead, near Crich.
[there followed a report of the wedding]

Derby Daily Telegraph 7 September 1945
Letters received from two officers in Bangkok today gave the first lists of Sherwood Foresters and other officers known to be safe and well, and awaiting final liberation in prisoner-of-war camps in Siam. Men of the Foresters suffered terrible hardships during the early days of their captivity, and it is not known how many died as a result of the brutality of the Japanese.
The list of Sherwood Foresters officers given by captain THIRLBY as being well at the time he wrote to the letter on August 27, in addition to Col. LILY, is:
[there followed a list of names including…]
Lt H.W.ELLIOTT, of Crich, son of former manager of the Ripley branch of the Midland Bank.

Derby Daily Telegraph 17 September 1945
Arrangements for getting released prisoners of war home from the Far East and as soon as possible appears to be well in hand from the tone of telegrams and letters which continue to flood into Derbyshire and district over the weekend. Some men write that they have arrived in Australia on the first stage of their journey home, but the majority of the Sherwood Foresters seem now to be in India, waiting for the next stage. Several men write they have been told they will be flying home soon. Sherwood Foresters in the latest list from whom news has been received include:
Lt Hector William ELLIOTT (30) of Grove House, Crich.

Derbyshire Times 21 September 1945
YOUNG FOLKS CORNER
Happy Birthday–September 23– Betty OLIVER, Crich

Derbyshire Times 28 September 1945
MARRIAGES
On Wednesday, September 19, at All Saints Church, Matlock, Alban BOWER, Crich Common, to Janet Mary TOPLIS, Matlock, by Rev J.M. CARR.

Ripley and Heanor News 19 October 1945
The marriage between George, only son of Mr and Mrs CLARKE, Reservoir, Crich, to Flora, second daughter of Mr and Mrs CAMM, 2, Western Villas, Ambergate, will take place atSt Ann’s Church, Ambergate, on Monday, October 22, at 2pm by licence.

Derby Daily Telegraph 20 October 1945
There were more emotional reunions at Derby LMS station this afternoon when the “repatriate special” carrying ex-prisoners including Foresters who disembarked yesterday from Orduna, arrived nearly an hour late. Forrester officers in the train were:
[a list of names including …]
Lt H.W. ELLIOTT, of Crich.
There was hot tea ready for the men at Derby and transport waiting to take them home.

Ripley and Heanor News 26 October 1945
MARRIAGES
The marriage was solemnised at Ambergate Parish Church, on October 22, 1945, between Pte George CLARKE, son of Mr and Mrs G. CLARKE, Crich, and Flora, daughter of Mr and Mrs CAMM of Ambergate

Ripley and Heanor News 26 October 1945
Sherwood Foresters who arrived on Saturday night included:
[there followed a list of names which included …]
Lieut. ELLIOTT of Crich.

Derby Daily Telegraph 29 October 1945
BIRTHS
On October 26, at Willersley Castle Maternity Home, to Marjorie (née GAUNT) a daughter, Rosemary Elizabeth.

Ripley and Heanor News 30 November 1945
DEATHS
On November 23 at Crich Jane ATTEWELL, aged 95 years. Reunited.

Derby Daily Telegraph; 19 December 1945
D.F.C. After Secret Air Missions
Flying Officer Walter J. Smith of “The Croft”, Crich, who hold the DFM, and has been mentioned in dispatches has now been awarded the DFC. His wife believes that it is for his work on special missions, which included the transporting of agents to the Continent.
F/O Smith, who has completed two tours of operations, joined the RAF in 1939. During the Battle of Britain he was “mentioned” for his devotion to duty whilst servicing Sunderland flying boats. In 1942 he volunteered for aircrew, and passed out as flight engineer.
IN CRIPPLED BOMBER
During his first tour of operations his conspicuous gallantry whilst his Lancaster was reduced to flying on one engine, after being badly damaged on a raid, earned him the DFM.
After a period of instructional work he began his second tour early last year, was commissioned later, and completed the tour in February this year.

Derbyshire Times 28 December 1945
MARRIAGES
At Crich Wesley Chapel on December 22, John Wilfred BOOTH and Gwendolyn WRAGG, only daughter of Mr Luke WRAGG (Crich).

Derbyshire Times 28 December 1945
MARRIAGES
On December 22 at Crich Parish Church, Philip Arnold FEARN (South Wingfield) and Margaret Joyce BARBER (Fritchley).