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The Mapperley Collieries War Memorial
Station Road, West Hallam, Mapperley Colliery Company

Taken from Parish Magazine of April 2006

The first Mapperley colliery shaft was sunk in 1872, known locally as "Simon Pit", it remained in operation until 1965.

In 1891 the Company extended its mining operations to neighbouring Stanley; a lease was agreed with William Drury Lowe of Locko Park to mine the Kilburn coals, resulting in sinking a second shaft on the site beside West Hallam Station in 1895. This Stanley Colliery was known as "Nibby Pit" until it closed in 1959.

From these two collieries 66 men lost their lives in the 1914-1918 war.

The Company decided to provide a Memorial Hall to be used by residents from the surrounding villages, with Tennis Courts and Bowling Green. The hall was opened on Station Road, West Hallam in 1920.

The Mapperley Colliery Sports and Past-times Club was established making use of these excellent facilities.

With the Nationalisation of the collieries all buildings not connected to the actual mines were sold to private individuals.
The hall was refurbished and renamed the Silver Jubilee Club in 1977 follow the Queens 25th Anniversary celebrations.
Unfortunately the building and facilities deteriorated during the 1990’s and it was finally demolished in 2005 making way for the housing development Jubilee Court.

The Roll of Honour was removed by the builder; plans are in hand to relocate it beside the West Hallam village War memorial.

The memorial is constructed of a series of glazed tiles, with a stone surround, said to represent the interior of a colliery winding engine room.

Roger Wood

Mapperley Village Memorial

Taken from Parish Magazine of November 2006

On May 15th 1922 the Lych Gate was unveiled by Captain Drury Lowe at the entrance to the churchyard, dedicated to the memory of the men who died from the village in the Great War.

The names of the three fallen, two were brothers, are inscribed on a tablet placed within the memorial gate;-
"In memory of George Harrison, Notts, and Derby; Britus Martin, K.R.R., Luther Martin, R.F.A., who died for their Country in the Great War 1914-1918.  Their names liveth forever."

It is constructed of substantial oak beams with a tiled roof, surmounted by a cross, the entire structure resting on a stone base. In bold, carved letters, the inscription: "In Memoriam" is located on the cross beam, meeting visitors as they approach the gate. The structure was erected by Mr R Slaney from High Lane, West Hallam, to plans drawn by the architect Mr H Tatham Sudbury of Ilkeston.

Prior to the unveiling, the Bishop of Derby (Dr. Abraham) consecrated the gate as an important addition to the churchyard.

The Sherwood Foresters Band from Derby accompanied the singing of two hymns, "Stand Up, Stand Up for Jesus", and "For All the Saints". A detachment of officers and men from the regiment supplied the firing party, with the guard of honour formed by the Ilkeston St. John Ambulance Corps. This was followed by the Last Post, the ceremony closing with the National Anthem. Among the guests was Mr Quarrell (Chairman of the Mapperley Colliery Company), Major B H Beaumont Checkland and Mr G Spencer all representing the Colliery Company. Both Britus and Luther Martin worked at the colliery and their names also appeared on the former Station Road Company's War Memorial (soon to be re-erected in West Hallam village).

Following the last war the names of the fallen from the village were placed on an additional tablet, also situated inside the gate.

"In Memory of William Joseph Cliffe, Oxd.& Bucks. Lt. Infantry.

Thomas Earnest Bridges, Sherwood Foresters.

Desmond Martin.

Who gave their lives for their Country 1939-1945

All They Had - They Gave."

Mapperley's Roll of Honour


George Harrison:
2nd Battalion Sherwood Foresters (Nottinghamshire and Derbyshire).  Private 23212
Born: 1894 (Mapperley).
Killed in action, no known grave.
Died:  25th September 1916, aged 22
Son of Thomas and Sarah Harrison, Mapperley Brook, Derbyshire.

Note: Sarah died and Thomas moved to Yew Tree Farm, Stanley, Derbyshire.

Memorial: Thiepval Memorial, Somme, France. Pier and Face 10C, 10D AND 11A


Britus Martin:
7th Battalion King’s Royal Rifle Corps. Rifleman R/10877
Born: 1890 (Mapperley).
Killed in action, no known grave.
Died:  30th July 1915, aged 25

Son of late Henry and Mother of Fanny Martin, Park Hall, Mapperley, Derbyshire.

Note: Brother of Luther Martin (below).  Also named on Lych Gate Memorial and named on Mapperley Colliery Memorial (Church Gates) West Hallam, Derbyshire.

Memorial: Ypres Menin Gate Memorial, Leper, West-Vlaanderen, Belgium. Panel 51 and 53.


Luther Martin: 
34th Division Ammunition Column Royal Field Artillery.  Driver L/8152
Born: 1882 (Mapperley)
Killed in action.
Died:  23rd March 1917, aged 35, Buried in Calais

Son of late Henry and Mother of Fanny Martin, Park Hall, Mapperley, Derbyshire.

Note: Brother of Britus Martin (above).  Also named on Lych Gate Memorial and named on Mapperley Colliery Memorial (Church Gates) West Hallam, Derbyshire.

Memorial: Buried. St. Pol Communal Cemetery Extension. Pas de Calais, France. Plot/Row E. Grave 25.

Just two of the sixty-six men who worked for the company and died in the war. Miners were required in the war for their tunnelling expertise, which were needed when tunnelling under enemy territory and placing explosives.

- War Graves by Alan Wood -

I had a desire to visit some of the war graves of Mapperley men, mentioned on the memorials under the church lych gate in Mapperley, who died in the 2 World Wars and when we were nearby, Kay and I visited the grave of Luther Martin at the town of St Pol sur Ternoise, and it is about 20 kilometres from Arras.

There are 2 sites in St Pol where there are British war dead:- The community cemetery at the top of the Rue du Cimetiere and slightly to the right. Here there are civilian, usually French graves, plus French military graves with Christian and Moslem soldiers lying side by side, unsegregated, with their appropriate religious symbols on their headstones, and, separately, British soldiers. This is where Luther Martin is buried. Here are also the graves of 3 soldiers of the Durham Light Infantry who broke, after years of shellfire, and threw down their weapons. They were shot at dawn for this offence!!! Nowadays this condition would be recognised as shell shock! This site eventually reached full capacity and a further military cemetery was started in, I think 1918, in St Pol. The cemetery is definitely not in Calais as, I believe, is stated on or in connection with the Colliery Memorial. takes less than 1 1/2 hours to get to St Pol sur Ternoise if one travels on the Autoroute des Anglais from Calais.

Luther's brother, Britus, who fell in the same war!!!!, does not have a known grave but he is, I believe named on the Menin Gate in Ypres, where there is a commemorative service with bugles, etc., every evening.

Alan Wood February 2013


Following the last war the names of the fallen from the village were placed on an additional tablet, also situated inside the gate.

In Memory of:-

William Joseph Cliffe, Oxd. and Bucks. Lt. Infantry - Age 20. Died 22nd August 1944. Son of Annie Cliffe and stepson of Ernest Albert Moorhouse of Jersey.

Thomas Earnest Bridges, Sherwood Foresters - Age 25. Died in a Japanese POW camp 12th September 1944. Son of John and Hannah Bridges of Mapperley.

Desmond Martin - He went to war and later came back home injured. He recovered and went back to war. Albert Hartshorne believes Desmond was killed in France in a transport lorry which was blown up by a landmine.

Who gave their lives for their Country 1939 - 1945
All They Had "They Gave".


539I was very pleased to receive an email from the half brother of William Joseph Cliffe. His name is Anthony William Cliffe and he lives in Rugeley Staffordshire, but was born in a small village called Kings Bromley.

Last year he visited Mapperley to take photographs of the Memorial tablets on the wall under the Lych Gate, at the church, as his half brother is remembered there.

William Joseph was born in 1924 and died so young, at 20 years of age, during World War 11. He died in Vauville in France on the 22nd August 1944.

His last known address was Head House Farm, Mapperley.

His father was William Cliffe who was born in 1904 and died in 1985.
He married Annie Dale, they had William Joseph, Joyce and Betty Cliffe.

In 1946 William then married Anthony’s mother Roseiltha Yates born 1919 died 1984.

My sincere thanks to Anthony for his contribution

Elaine Sarson
11 November 2012







William Joseph Cliffe

William's sisters....

Joyce Cliffe born 1925 died 2000, married William Johnson of Belper Derbyshire. Born 1923 - died 2001
Their family was two sons and two daughters, all live local.

Frances Betty born 1928 and married Roy Moorhouse born 1928 died 2010 in Australia.
Their family was two sons.

The photo of William Joseph, left, and his birth certificate above.


William Cliffe 1948
(Joseph's father)


Anthony William Cliffe
(Joseph's  half brother)

New Information and Photographs May 2022

Dear Sir / Madam
I found your website today and was interested in the article on William Joseph Cliffe (WJC).
My connection to WJC is somewhat tenuous! A friend of mine, Shaun Caveney, for many years accompanied his Uncle, 'Chum' Budds to the battlefields of Normandy. 'Chum' was WJC's Captain and he always visited the grave on his annual visits. 'Chum' was unable to visit Normandy in his latter years but Shaun and I continued to visit and commemorate him.
Shaun is now unable to attend so the baton is passed to me.

I will be laying a wreath on 4th June.

Paul F

My sincere thanks to Paul for this information and photographs. Also for continuing to commemorate William, one of our lost men who gave his life for us.

We are here to commemorate Private William Joseph Cliffe who died on 22nd August 1944

William Cliffe Grave 2020



William Cliffe Grave 2021



William Cliffe Grave 2022

Further up date July 2022

I visited Vauville and it went very well indeed.   I organised with the Mayor and the Souvenir Français a super ceremony. I was asked to make a speech in French during the ceremony, here is what I said:

“We are here to commemorate Private William Joseph Cliffe who died on 22nd August 1944. He was serving with the Ox and Bucks and acted as Captain Chum Budds’ batman. William Cliffe was delivering a message from his Captain when he was shot and died instantaneously. Chum visited the grave each year until 2004, his last visit. Since then his nephew, Shaun Caveney, took on the rôle and now the honour has been passed to me. Thank you to Kerry Ricketts (Kerry is the grand-daughter of Major John Howard) and Sue and Ray Wilson for joining us today. In particular I would like to thank the Mayor and Laurent Poelaert for all they do to commemorate the sacrifice made by William Cliffe.”

Paul Foster

A selection of photographs are shown below. Sincere thanks once again to Paul for his involvement and his wonderful photographs.  You will find his website extremely interesting too.

June 2023.  With Many Thanks to Paul in France

The commemoration in Vauville for William Cliffe went very well. There was a good turnout including Penny Howard-Bates, daughter of the war hero Major John Howard, DSO, and Emma Brown a mezzo soprano, ( who is a friend of mine, performed during the ceremony. She sang 'Amazing Grace' at the grave and led everyone in the national anthems.  Speeches were made, and I did the English translation for the village and made a speech in French.







Paul is in the centre of this photograph in a light-coloured suit and red spotted tie.

 The 80th Anniversary Commemorations in Vauville and Commemorating William Cliffe

The 80th anniversary commemorations were wonderful that started in Vauville and commemorating William Cliffe. We had a reasonable group from the UK attending that included Penny Howard-Bates (daughter of Major John Howard, DSO, hero of Pegasus Bridge fame) and her husband, George, her daughter and son-in-law Kerrie and Bob Ricketts, Brigadier General David Innes and his wife, Fiona, plus another 8 guests from the UK and one from Holland. Peter F
The local Mayor wonders if anyone reading this knows of William. Please contact me if you do, on email

Thank you. Elaine









Both Britus and Luther Martin worked at the colliery and their names also appeared on the former Station Road Company's War Memorial. (Now erected in West Hallam village beside the main memorial. Sixty-six men from the colliery company are named on this memorial).


Memorial - West Hallam

mag Click Memorial to Read Names

Mapperley's Roll of Honour
Roll Of Honour Of Those Who Have Given
Their Lives For King And Country In
The-Great-War 1914 – 1919

  • James Adcock
  • Alfred Antcliffe
  • George Athorn
  • Arthur Attenborough
  • Fred Attenborough
  • Thomas Attenborough
  • James Aram
  • Duncan Hamilton Blunt
  • Albert Chapman
  • Montmorency B. Checkland
  • George Clare
  • Arthur Clarke
  • Daniel Clark
  • William Cope
  • Sydney Daniell
  • Thomas Davis
  • Frank Daws
  • C. Eccleshare
  • Richard Elliott
  • William Lewis Evans
  • Edward Fake
  • Arthur Fletcher
  • Joseph Foulks
  • Robert Froggatt
  • Harry Fowers
  • John George Green
  • Thomas Green
  • James Hanson
  • Walter Hall
  • Roland Hazell
  • William Hazlewood
  • Harold Horsley
  • John G. Hardwick
  • William Hiorns
  • Fred W. Hodgkiss
  • Harry Kirkham
  • Frederick Keates
  • J. Knight
  • David Males
  • Albert Edward Marshall
  • Thomas Marshall
  • George Ridgard Mee
  • Mark Mee
  • Britus Martin
  • Luther Martin
  • Clifford Miller
  • Archie Moore
  • Percy Mosley
  • Wilfred Moss
  • Henry Newton
  • Archie Page
  • Sam Peach
  • W.A. Place
  • Albert Potter
  • C.E. Radford
  • Thomas Robinson
  • George Sands
  • Arthur Smith
  • William Smith
  • Fred Taylor
  • Wilfred Taylor
  • John Thurman
  • Cyril Toplis
  • James Weston
  • William H. Whitney
  • George Wilson

I expect to pass through this world but once. If therefore there
Is any good thing that I can do, or any kindness I can show my
fellow-men Let Me Do It Now. Let me not defer, nor neglect it for
I shall not pass this way again


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