Unknown British Soldier

Christ Church, 12 Church Rd, Barnton, Northwich CW8 4JH

Details on cross:

There are 2 GRU tags on the cross:- (1)


 (2) Unknown British Soldier.

Text type (e.g. hand-written, GRU tags, carved): 2 GRU tags and a brass plaque.

Cross dimensions (millimetres please)

Shaft Height: 1168.4mm.

Cross beam width: 406.4mm.

Width of wood: 76.2mm.

Thickness or depth: 25.4mm.

Other information

Mounting to wall: n/a

Detailing: There is also a brass plaque just under the cross member which reads ‘1914-1918 This cross temporarily marked the grave of an unknown British soldier on the Western Front and is entrusted to your care by the Imperial War Graves Commission’.

Evidence of use in field (earth marking, cracking, staining, shrinkage): There is a small amount of deterioration towards the bottom of the cross.

Surface insertion depth (into ground if apparent): 254mm

Finish (varnish, paint, oiled, unfinished etc): Rough unfinished wood.

Condition (cracked, paint peeling, woodwork, damage etc): The cross is in very good condition, there is just a tiny amount of deterioration on the cross member.

Other information, notes and observations: Christ Church, Barnton in Northwich is a grade II listed building which was built in 1841-42 from Runcorn red sandstone. It has some beautiful stained glass windows including one dedicated by the British Legion during the year 2000, and another featuring the famous Anderton Boat lift.

NB. I believe this is the only example where the cross is depicted in stained glass as well. (Nick)

Many thanks to Beryl, who kindly arranged access to the church for us.

Survey and photographs courtesy of Beverley Goodwin/Margaret Draycott

Date of survey: 2nd August 2017