"SHIRLAND is a parish, in the hundred of Scarsdale, two miles S.W. from Alfreton, containing the hamlet of HIGHAM, which was formerly a market town, but discontinued as such about 1785. Higham is a place of considerable antiquity situate on the Iknield-street of the Romans. The parish church, dedicated to St. Leonard contains several ancient monuments of the De Greys. The parish contained, in 1831, 1,212 inhabitants, and Higham 595 of that number."
[Description from Pigot and Co's Commercial Directory for Derbyshire, 1835]
The parish covers over 2,942 acres and includes the hamlets of Hallfield Gate and Stonebroom. Stonebroom has grown to be the largest settlement in the parish. The River Amber flows through the parish. There is a golf course near Shirland village.
You can see pictures of Shirland which are provided by:
You can see the War Memorial Plaque for World War I at Military Images, complete with names. The plaque does not identify the units served in or even if this is a list of casualties or of men who served.
There are eight Commonwealth War Graves in St. Leonard's churchyard from the two World Wars:
Samuel BROWN, priv., 4th Btn. Leicester Regt., age 20, died 29 Nov. 1918. Son of George and Hannah BROWN of Stonebroom.
Kenneth CLAYTON, srgt., RAF Vol. Rsrv., age 21, died 27 Spet. 1944. Son of Edward and Hilda CLAYTON.
W. HASLAM, priv., Depot, Sherwood Foresters, died 7 Mar. 1917.
H. HASTON, priv., Depot, Sherwood Foresters, died 25 Oct. 1918. Husband of Lilian Elsie HASTON of Bolton-on-Dearne.
David MOORE, srgt., 1/6 Btn. South Staffs. Regt., age 30, died 15 Sept. 1942. Husband of Joyce MOORE of Morton.
Samuel SADLER, priv., age 42, Labour Corps, died 12 Jan. 1918. Husband of Fanny SADLER.
Alfred SHARRATT, priv., 10th Btn. Sherwood Foresters, age 40, died 9 Sept. 1916. Husband of Eliza SHARRATT.
Alfred TURTON, lance corp., Royal Armoured Corps, age 26, died 7 Feb. 1942. Husband of Evelyn May TURTON.