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Brewery yard plaque to remember fallen war heroes

The former Kimberley Brewery site.
The former Kimberley Brewery site.

Relatives of World War One heroes are being urged to come forward so that the names of the fallen soldiers can be included on a commemorative plaque in Kimberley.

The appeal has been issued by Ilkeston-based housebuilder Fairgrove Homes, which is currently developing the former Hardys & Hansons Kimberley Brewery site, off Hardy Street.

Fairgrove wants to install the plaque in the former brewery yard before next year, which marks the 100th anniversary since the Great War ended. So it is hoping to include the names of as many soldiers who worked at the brewery as possible.

The company’s managing director, Steve Midgley, said: “We cannot underestimate the sacrifices made by those who answered their country’s call during the First World War.

“Therefore, we are keen to hear from anyone who had relatives working at Kimberley Brewery and left their jobs to serve their country.

“We want to ensure we do miss anyone off, and that the names we currently have are correct, ahead of the plaque being installed.

“The finished plaque will be proudly displayed in the brewery yard as a tribute to the fallen men who made the ultimate sacrifice for future generations.”

The brewery site was once the heart and soul of the Kimberley community, and the business was an integral part of the town for 170 years until it closed in 2006.

Fairgrove is building a mixture of townhouses, detached homes and apartments on the site, and a significant part of the brewery is to be restored to its former glory as part of the development.

If you had relatives who fought in the First World War and worked at the former Kimberley Brewery, please get in touch with Fairgrove Homes by ringing 0115 9446700 or by e-mailing info@fairgrove.co.uk