The history of the charity village
Constructed between 1949-1955 and completed in 1955 the War Memorial Village Derby was the result of a local fundraising drive led by the Rotary Club who proposed that rather than erecting a new Memorial to the Second World War a more fitting tribute would be providing affordable accommodation for military veterans who had been disabled in the conflict.
The village was built on 20 acres of land donated by the Town Council with accommodation ranging from bungalows to 2 storey family homes and flats.
On Monday 27 June 1949 the foundation stone was laid by HRH The Princess Elizabeth accompanied by HRH The Duke of Edinburgh. An excerpt of the Princess's speech is as follows:
"A memorial should indeed remind all who look upon it of the valour and self-sacrifice it commemorates but just as the men who died performed the greatest service for their fellow countrymen so the memorial we raise to them should serve those that follow after. Therefore, I think that the people of Derby have shown both wisdom and imagination in deciding to build this village."