Northwich designer’s touching creation honours soldier grandfather
An ex-Cartier jewellery designer from Davenham has crafted a First World War medal as a tribute to her late grandfather, who fought in the battlefields of northern France.
Yvonne Chadderton, who was a gemologist in Cartier’s London workshops, created the commemorative medal from a black and white photograph of her grandad, Private Clifford Chadderton, as a teenager, attached to a round silver frame encircled by a barbed-wire wreath which hangs from a silver rifle beneath a blood-red medal.
The medal, intended to reflect the horrors of the battlefield, will be part of an exhibition by Cheshire Artists’ Network, as well as Yvonne’s shrapnel pendant – an oxidised circular pendant with 1914-1918 cut-out and made up of six individual pendants characteristic of shrapnel fragments.
The WW1 Commemorative Exhibitions will be visiting Northwich, Ellesmere Port, Frodsham and Chester over the next year.
Yvonne said: “I joined the network shortly after moving to Davenham from Littleborough, Lancashire last year and when I was asked to contribute an artwork to the exhibition, my grandfather’s experiences in the war were my inspiration.
“After the exhibition I will display the medal in my own home as a permanent memento of my grandfather.”
Yvonne lived close to her granddad – who became a motor mechanic in Civvy Street – for many years before his death in 1974, aged 75, but has always wanted to know more about his wartime experiences.
“I am still researching his history and later this year my partner and I will be going over to France where we plan to visit the Monchy and see the area for ourselves,” she added.
Other examples of Yvonne’s work will be on show at an exhibition at the ArtWork Studios and Gallery on Navigation Road, Northwich, from March 3.
For more information about Yvonne’s work, visit www.yc-jewellery.co.uk.
Full details of the exhibition dates are available on the Cheshire Artists’ Network website at www.c-a-n.co.uk.