St Mary’s Church
Details on cross:
GRU tag at top of shaft.
On the shaft, just above the cross beam, is a coloured, painted insignia of the 10th (Prince of Wales’s Own) Royal Hussars.
On the cross beam, the following words are painted in black:
MAJOR THE HONBLE CLEMENT MITFORD D.S.O.
10TH ROYAL HUSSARS
Just below the cross beam, on the shaft, the following is painted in black:
13TH MAY 1915
At the bottom of the shaft is a brass plaque which states:
This cross was brought from the military cemetery at Vlamertinghe, Flanders where he lies.
Shaft Height: 1440mm
Cross Beam Width: 710mm
Width of Wood: 98mm
Mounting to wall: Hook in middle of back of cross
Detailing: Bevelled edges, crest of 10th Royal Hussars immediately above cross beam (GW)
Evidence of use in field: earth marking – slight, cracking – towards bottom possibly from a degree of shrinkage (GW)
Surface insertion: N/A
Finish: Stained wood, possibly varnished a while ago
Condition: Good. Slight evidence of historic woodworm (and some sap coming out of the original wood. GW)
Above the cross on the wall is an engraved brass plaque stating the following:
(At the top is the regimental insignia of the 10th Royal Hussars)
UNDER GOD’S BLESSING
THE DEAR MEMORY OF
MAJOR THE HON:
CLEMENT B.O.FREEMAN MITFORD
10TH ROYAL HUSSARS
WHO DIED GALLANTLY
MAY 13 1915. AGED 38.
SOUTH AFRICA 1899 – 1902
FLANDERS 1914 – 1915
“He asked life of Thee, and Thou gavest him
a long life, even for ever and ever.”
Brass plaque (75mm x 100mm) attached to the bottom of the shaft:
THIS CROSS WAS
WHERE HE LIES. GW)
Parents: Algernon Bertram Freeman-Mitford, 1st Baron Redesdale, and Lady Clementine Gertrude Helen Ogilvy
Father’s occupation: Diplomat, politician and author.
Clement Freeman-Mitford (DOB: 14 December 1876) was the eldest son of Algernon Bertram Freeman-Mitford, 1st Baron Redesdale.
He studied at Eton and served in the Second Boer War in South Africa (1899-1902).
In 1909 he married his cousin, Lady Helen Alice Wylington Ogilvy, with whom he had two daughters: Rosemary Ann Freeman-Mitford (b. 1911) and Clementina Mabel Kitty Freeman-Mitford (b. 1915).
The title of Lord Redesdale passed to Clement’s younger brother, David, upon the death of their father in 1916.
David (b. 1878) and his wife Sydney Bowles had one son and six daughters, who all used the surname Mitford rather than Freeman-Mitford; the girls were known collectively as the Mitford sisters.
Casualty Type: Commonwealth War Dead
Grave/Memorial Reference: I. E. 8.
Cemetery: VLAMERTINGHE MILITARY CEMETERY
Original Survey and photographs Samantha Fryer
Additional information – Gareth Williams and Daughter Anna (our youngest recorder!).
Date of Survey: 13 August 2016