Memorial Inscriptions: Various

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Here are a few miscellaneous burial records from local chapels and churches.


Memorials in the Chapel Yard of the Old Baptist Church, Belper

This church still exists, in the Clusters area of old Belper. It is a guest house.

Erected to the memory of Elizabeth HUDSON who departed this life July 12th 1855 aged 55 years
Also of Ann HUDSON died May 8th 1844 aged 8 years
Also Isabella BLANT daughter of the above, died April 7th 1847, aged 23 years

In memory of Ann SIMS who died March 18th 1854 aged 65 years
Also Rachel SIMS (unreadable)
Also Hannah WALKER daughter and sister of the above who died Oct 29th 1857 aged 34 years

Erected to the memory of Denis WHEELDON who died June 5th 1825 aged 31 years

T DANIELS (Monumentalist)

Commemorative Tablets in the wall of the new Baptist chapel, Belper

  1. W. B. BEMBRIDGE, Ripley, Derby
  2. This stone was laid by Samuel BAKEWELL, Kilbourne, August 7th 1893
  3. Mrs S. A. NEAUM, Belper
  4. Mr and Mrs GLEW, Belper
  5. George SLACK, Derby

Memorials in the Ebenezer Chapel, Milford, Derbyshire

This tablet was erected by Charles WINSON in loving memory of his dear wife Elizabeth who fell asleep Aug 23 1890, aged 63 years

This tablet was erected by Sarah Hannan OLDKNOW in loving remembrance of her father Samuel OLDKNOW who fell asleep Nov 3rd 1886 aged 62 years. He was superintendant of this Sunday School for upwards of thirty years.

This tablet was erected by the choir and church members, and scholars, in affectionate remembrance of John Woolley who departed this life August 18 1929 aged 70 years. He was Organist and Choirmaster of this church 40 years, also held position as Chairman of Trustees.

This tablet was erected by the members of the Chapel past and present scholars of the Sunday School in affectionate remembrance of Henry OLDKNOW who departed this life September 29 1927 aged 78 years. (He was connected to this chapel for 70 years, assisted in the building, held office as Treasurer, Chairman of Trustees, Teacher, Superintendant of Sunday School for 30 years)

Names noted in books in the Sunday School Rooms above the Chapel

To Thomas HAMMERSLEY from Miss EVANS with sincere respect, Sept 2nd 1864 (handwritten inscription in Book of Psalms)
William JAMES (Handwritten inscription on bookplate)
For Attendance, Ebenezer Sunday School Milford, Nellie CHEETHAM, John BOTT
Pam BOOTH (handwritten inscription in Bible)

Belper Wesleyan Church, Newspaper report

In Memory of Fallen Son
Mr & Mrs J. B. GOUGH of Windmill Lane, Belper have presented a communion cup for use at the Belper Wesleyan Church and which was used on Sunday for the first time. On that occasion the Minister was the Rev Harry (?) Uncle of the fallen soldier in whose remembrance the gift had been made. The following inscription (?) “to the glory of God and (.....) in loving memory to John BERNARD TOWNDROW GOUGH who was killed in action at Versailles, France on 4th April 1917. The deceased was a member of the church where his father had been Organist and Choirmaster a number of years.”

Information kindly provided by Richard Pinkett:

70448 Pte. J.B.T. Gough, 2nd Battalion, Notts & Derby, died of wounds, 4th April 1917.
Born Belper, enlisted Derby.
He was the son of John B. and Matilda Gough of "Holmleigh", Windmill Lane, Belper, Derbyshire.
Buried Vermelles British Cemetery.
[The 2nd Battalion Notts and Derbys were in the trenches near 'Vermelles' at the time of his death, so Versaille is certainly a mistake in the newspaper! ]

This is taken from "UK soldiers died in the Great War":

  1. Name: John Bernard Gough
  2. Birth Place: Belper, Derbyshire
  3. Residence: Derby
  4. Death Date: 4 Apr 1917
  5. Enlistment Location: Belper, Derbyshire
  6. Rank: Private
  7. Regiment: Sherwood Foresters (Nottinghamshire and Derbyshire Regiment)
  8. Battalion: 2nd Battalion.
  9. Number: 70448
  10. Type of Casualty: Died of wounds

1901 census

Name: John B T Gough
Age: 5 Estimated Birth Year: abt 1896
Relation: Son
Father's Name: Joh B
Mother's Name: Matilda
Gender: Male
Where born: Belper, Derbyshire, England
Civil Parish: Belper
Ecclesiastical parish: Bridge Hill
Street address: Chapel Street
Household Members:
Joh B Gough 41
Matilda Gough 36
Constance M Gough 7
John B T Gough 5
Leslie S Gough 4 months
Letitia Beresford 27

Parent's Marriage

Mar 1888 GOUGH John Benjamin Belper / WOSTENHOLM Matilda Belper

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