On 1st July 2016, a temporary cenotaph was erected on Belper Market Place, a list of the men from Belper who died on 1st and 3rd July 1916 was placed on the railings of the Memorial Gardens in King Street, and a memorial planter for each of them was placed at the base of the Belper War Memorial in the Memorial Gardens to commemorate the centenary of the first day of the Battle of the Somme, 1st July 1916.

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The Temporary Cenotaph on Belper Market Place


LIST INSCRIPTION:
REMEMBERING THOSE WHO FELL ON 1ST & 3RD JULY 1916
PRIVATE 26676 ALLAN BEMBRIDGE 16TH BATTALION (CHATSWORTH RIFLES) SHERWOOD FORESTERS (NOTTS AND DERBY REGIMENT) (Note: This is incorrect, see below)
PRIVATE 24201 JOHN BEMBRIDGE 1ST/5TH BATTALION SHERWOOD FORESTERS
PRIVATE 200141 ALBERT BLOUNT 1ST/5TH BATTALION SHERWOOD FORESTERS (NOTTS AND DERBY REGIMENT)
SERGEANT 200031 FRED BOWLER M.M. 1ST/5TH BATTALION SHERWOOD FORESTERS (NOTTS AND DERBY REGIMENT)
LANCE CORPORAL 2409 HENRY CLAYSON 1ST/5TH BATTALION SHERWOOD FORESTERS
LANCE CORPORAL 200494 JIM GREEN 1ST/5TH BATTALION SHERWOOD FORESTERS (NOTTS AND DERBY REGIMENT)
PRIVATE 3474 PERCY HALLAM ‘F’ COMPANY 1ST/5TH BATTALION SHERWOOD FORESTERS (NOTTS AND DERBY REGIMENT)
CORPORAL 201082 FRANCIS WILLIAM MELBOURNE ‘D’ COMPANY 1ST/5TH BATTALION SHERWOOD FORESTERS (NOTTS AND DERBY REGIMENT)
PRIVATE 6851 SYDNEY HERBERT MORLEY 11TH BATTALION SHERWOOD FORESTERS (NOTTS AND DERBY REGIMENT)
PRIVATE 3531 SAMUEL PAPE ‘F’ COMPANY 1ST/5TH BATTALION SHERWOOD FORESTERS (NOTTS AND DERBY REGIMENT)
PRIVATE 2756 WALTER PEPPER 1ST/5TH SHERWOOD FORESTERS (NOTTS AND DERBY REGIMENT)
PRIVATE 200342 JOSEPH TAYLOR 1ST/5TH SHERWOOD FORESTERS (NOTTS AND DERBY REGIMENT)
SERGEANT 200005 WILLIAM WILKINSON MACHINE GUN SECTION 1ST/5TH BATTALION SHERWOOD FORESTERS (NOTTS AND DERBY REGIMENT)
PRIVATE 32115 PERCY CARTWRIGHT 11TH BATTALION SHERWOOD FORESTERS (NOTTS AND DERBY REGIMENT)

FURTHER INFORMATION ABOUT THESE SOLDIERS CAN BE FOUND IN THE PLANTERS AT THE BOTTOM OF THE WAR MEMORIAL IN THE MEMORIAL GARDENS
Please note.
The following soldier is incorrectly remembered as a 1st July casualty:
PRIVATE 26676 ARTHUR BEMBRIDGE 16TH BATTALION (CHATSWORTH RIFLES) SHERWOOD FORESTERS (NOTTS AND DERBY REGIMENT) DIED ON 10TH OCTOBER 1916

The correct soldier is as follows:
PRIVATE 2017 ALLEN BEMBRIDGE 1ST/5TH BATTALION SHERWOOD FORESTERS (NOTTS AND DERBY REGIMENT)

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Belper War Memorial with the Somme Centenary Memorial Planters



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Somme Centenary Memorial Planters


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Somme Centenary Memorial Planters



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Somme Centenary Memorial Planters



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Somme Centenary Memorial Planters



Sources used:
Commonwealth War Graves Commission Website (www.cwgc.org.uk)
Soldiers Died in the Great War 1914-1919 CD ROM - Naval & Military Press
The First World War Campaign Medals DVD-ROM – Naval & Military Press
Ancestry

All photographs copyright of Chris Preston, unless otherwise stated