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Hatton’s ‘Factory Fearnoughts’ are remembered at plaque unveiling

By Burton Mail  |  Posted: July 03, 2014

  • 02/07/14 Nestle WWI memorial for staff who served Dedication of Nestle war memorial, Hatton....by Lord Lieutenant of Derbyshire, William Tucker

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A SOUTH Derbyshire factory has unveiled refurbished plaque to honour its workers who fell in the First World War.

During the conflict, workers from the Nestle factory in Hatton, known as the ‘Factory Fearnoughts’ lost their lives while fighting abroad on different fronts.

With 2014 marking 100 years since the outbreak of war, current factory workers, ex-servicemen and the families of those who fell all came to pay their respects as the plaque was unveiled by the Lord Lieutenant of Derbyshire, William Tucker.

The plaque, which was originally comissioned in 1921, had previously stood in the main reception but was moved following a redevelopment. It has now been refurbished and treated so that it can stand outdoor weather and sits proudly just inside the front entrance.

Rosaleen Darlington attended the unveiling and said that members of the Fearnoughts, having originally joined the North Staffordshire Regiment, soon found themselves deployed elsewhere.

She told the the Mail: “The name Factory Fearnoughts came from a poem written by Frank Scattergood. In it, he names all the men who fought. There are about 72 names in total.

“As far as I’m aware, the plaque was moved in 1982 or 1983 when the factory expanded, but it’s fantastic that it has been refurbished and has a new home outside for everyone to see.”

Rosaleen added that it was important former members of the factory were remembered by people living in the village and that their efforts during the Great War were not forgotten.

Her comments were also echoed by Lord Lieutenant Tucker during the unveiling, who told the crowd: “It’s an enormous privilege and honour to unveil this memorial. It’s important that we have memorials like this to honour those who fell in our towns and villages.”

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