Derby and Derbyshire War Memorials Project

The Derby and Derbyshire War Memorials Project was actually founded by Chris Preston and Richard Clarke in 2004 to record and preserve as many War Memorials in the county of Derbyshire as possible, not only to preserve the memorials themselves for posterity, but also to record the fascinating stories behind the names on those memorials. They also work closely with the Imperial War Museum, and anything they record is being contributed to the National Inventory of War Memorials ( The ultimate aim of the project is to contribute the end result of the research to the Derby Local Studies and Family History Library and the Derbyshire Record Office.

The project is always willing to hear about any war memorials or the stories of any servicemen from Derbyshire, so if you know the location of a war memorial or if one of your Derbyshire relatives served in any conflict you can let the project know by contacting them. On the project’s website you will find a small selection of some of the war memorials they have photographed in the county. They are very happy to share any photographs they have of war memorials, war graves and family headstones that they have obtained from around the county. Drop them an email at the above address, and they will e-mail you a high resolution copy in return free of charge.