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World War 2 - Detailed Information
Compiled and Copyright © Mel Gibbs 2015

Opposite the juntion with Whitfield Lane and Rake Lane, Middleton by Youlgrave stands a beech tree (Fagus sylvatica) accompanied by a freestanding rough hewn limestone tablet bearing a nowy headed brass plaque. The plaque has a narrow raised polished border, the badge of the Notts and Derby Regiment at the head and inscription in raised polished sentence case lettering against a stippled ground.

Photograph Copyright © Mel Gibbs 2015

In Memory of those from Middleton
who gave their lives in World War II


[George] Rupert

Trooper 7937014, 2nd Royal Gloucestershire Hussars, Royal Armoured Corps. Died in Knightsbridge, North Africa 27 May 1942. Aged 21. Son of George M. Buxton and Ellen Buxton, of Middleton, Derbyshire. Buried in KNIGHTSBRIDGE WAR CEMETERY, ACROMA, Libya. Burie din Plot 4. Row E. Collective grave 16.


Ronald [Valentine Cecil]

Brigadier 11058, Sherwood Foresters (Notts and Derby Regiment) commanding 6th Independent Infantry Brigade. Died in Indin, Burma 6 April 1943. Aged 43. Son of Maj. C. C. Cavendish, The Highland Light Infantry (City of Glasgow Regt.). and Maud H. Cavendish; husband of Helen Cavendish, of Middleton, Bakewell, Derbyshire. Awarded the Order of the British Empire (O.B.E.) and the Military Cross (M.C.). No known grave. Commemorated on RANGOON MEMORIAL, Myanmar. Face 1.

Note: On 3 April, while "Uno Force" (the Japanese 143rd Regiment) pressed northwards up the Mayu River valley, the main body of the Japanese 55th Division ("Tanahashi Force", consisting mainly of the 112th Regiment) crossed the Mayu Range at a point where British officers had regarded the range as impassable and cut the coastal track behind the leading British troops. They captured the village of Indin, where they also overran the headquarters of British 6th Brigade and captured its commander, Brigadier Ronald Cavendish. Cavendish was killed shortly afterwards, probably by British artillery fire as the British guns opened fire on Indin to cover the troops withdrawing to the north


[George] Bennett

Lance-Serjeant 4978458, Worcestershire Regiment. Died in Kohima, Burma 12 June 1944. Aged 26. Born and resident Derby. Son of Bennett and Elizabeth Dawson, of Middleton, Bakewell, Derbyshire. Buried in KOHIMA WAR CEMETERY, Myanmar. Plot 5. Row C. Grave 13.

Installed by the Cavendish Family,
Middleton Parish Council, Well Dressers and History Group
December 2003

Last updated 26 December, 2015

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