AN unknown memorial to people from an East Staffordshire village who died in the First World War has been discovered.
The Tutbury War Memorials Preservation Committee has revealed that a hitherto unknown piece of history has been found in Tutbury, which could have been hidden for more than half a century.
The discovery came about after a First World War researcher spotted a photograph of the top half of a roll of honour for members of the Congregational Sunday School, in Tutbury while browsing online at a house that was for sale in the village.
The photograph was on an estate agents website as part of the information about the proposed sale of a private house in Monk Street, the house was formerly the Congregational Church Sunday School.
With the help of the estate agents, the committee made contact with the owners of the property who brought forward their plan to give the roll of honour for safe keeping and public display.
Rick Nuth, committee chairman, told the Mail: “It is thought that it had lain forgotten under the stage in the Sunday school and was found by the new owners when they were converting the building.
“They subsequently had the roll of honour cleaned and it is now in very good condition.”
The roll of honour is as follows:
William Priestley - Killed in action, in France on Christmas Day 1914;
Jack Leadbetter - Killed in France in June 1917;
Tom Merrey - Killed in France in July 1916;
David Bond - Died in camp in April 1918.
The memorial also showed those who returned home safely.
These were Walter Chapman, George Low, Charles Crossley, Richard Pye, Francis George Crossley, George Henry Ratcliffe, Frederick Crossley, Arthur Smith, Harry Gorton Charles Smy and Roger Woolley.