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The Winter 2019/20 Edition of The Derbeian Magazine, a magazine about all things Derby, past and present that also doubles up as a useful, local business directory


THE Derbeian | Winter 2019/20 Visits made to WW1 and WW2 Lieutenant John George Mason Young his headstone - especially remembered October 2019. Lonsdale Cemetery at Authuille; Ancre British at Beaumont-Hamel; Cambrai at Louverval; Pigeon Ravine at Epehy. (12 in total). To deal with so many is an impossible task in this article, so we shall concentrate on certain ones. that was to decimate many millions of the world’s population following the conclusion of WWI. His death was on 7th November 1918 at the age of 22. His parents were Dr Henry Howe Bemrose and Mrs Nellie Bemrose, members of the famous Derbyshire printing business. Like many families the parents were also to lose one of their other sons, Karl who was a 2nd Lieutenant in the Sherwood Foresters being killed on 1st July 1916 age 23. In the area of northern France near Thiepval. Fortunately for the family their other two sons being younger were able to eventually join the family Printing Business in the early 1920’s. Typical signpost as found throughout Europe. So in addition to the original CWGC certificate photograph within our archives we now have an actual headstone photograph showing the small wooden cross we placed there. If one reads closely at Young’s Certificate, it shows that their father was at one time the Vicar of Turnditch in Derbyshire. World War I casualties – Bemrose and Moon, including some of their brothers plus Downman and Bernard Continuing on the same theme earlier in 2019 visits were also undertaken to certain WWI cemeteries in northern France including Terlincthun in Wimille; St. Sever and also its Extension at Rouen; Camon Communal; Bray Military; the Albert Communal extension; Bauzincourt; Martinsart; Lieutenant Roderick Henry Bemrose MC Lieutenant Roderick Henry Bemrose MC – typical CWCG unique certificate. Sadly, Roderick who was a Lieutenant in the Royal Field Artillery died at the start of the influenza pandemic This photograph by courtesy of the Derby Local Studies Library. Roy Agnew Moon headstone in St. Sever Cemetery, Rouen. 48 | The Old Derbeian Society

Winter 2019/20 | THE Derbeian Belgium and French Cemeteries Lieutenant Roy Agnew Moon MC was in the 6/5 Battalion Machine Gun Corps and was killed on 27th April 1918 age 23. His family were Dr George Davies Moon and Mrs Moon of Uttoxeter New Road, Derby. Sadly they had another son Surgeon George Bassett Moon in the Royal Navy who was the Surgeon on board HMS Lion and at the age of 30 was killed in the Battle of Jutland on 31st May 1916. We have uncovered a very unique joint memorial to both sons in St. Lukes Church, Parliament Street in Derby which clearly detail both sons’ deaths. Both sons having been pupils at Derby School. Memorial in St Lukes Church, Parliament Street, Derby detailing both sons Roy Agnew and George Bassett Moon. A family photograph. The Downman Headstone in Bouzincourt Communal Cemetery complete with OD Society wooden cross. Obituary Bernard Vincent Ridout Downman - Nottingham Evening Post 1916. Headstone of Colonel Herbert Clifford Bernard with OD Society wooden cross. Herbert Clifford Bernard was Commanding Officer to the 10th Battalion Royal Irish Rifles and was killed on 1st July 1916 leading his men, age 50. He was born in Cheltenham to Robert Bernard Colonel Herbert Clifford Bernard. MD., RN., and originally served in the Burmese War (1885-1891). He commanded the 45th (Rattrays) Sikhs from 1909 to 1914 after which he retired from the Indian Army. Being called back to the colours he was promoted and trained in Ireland the 10th Bn. Royal Irish Rifles before being sent over to France. During his early life he lived in the parish of St. Alkmund’s in Derby during his mid-teens and was educated at Derby School. At the age of 19 he was commissioned into the Indian Army in 1883. It has been a real privilege to uncover the stories of these Derbyshire people and their respective families, and most importantly now safely and securely recorded for posterity within the archives of the Old Derbeian Society. Grateful thanks are expressed to supporting Old Derbeians and their respective families enabling the preparation of this article. For the record additional memorabilia of whatever type (very old or just old black and white photographs plus School programmes or press cuttings or similar) may be sent to the archivist. My email is, a landline of 01332 841452 or drop a letter to 3 Village Court, Town Street, Duffield, Derbyshire DE56 4EG. Written by J. Barrie Sheard (at Derby School 1945-1950) The Old Derbeian Society | 49

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