Charles Dean Prangley

Location: St Mary’s Church, Bexwell, Norfolk

Details on cross:

Top of cross – small GRU metal plate

Below GRU plate, a large black-painted ‘X’

Across arm of cross –  2nd Lieutenant C D Prangley  1st Lincolnshire Regt

On remaining three parts of Celtic circle –
Lower right portion – Killed in Action 25 Sept 1916
Upper right portion – Memory of
Lower left portion – 1st Lincolns Reg

On top of left cross beam – engraved metal plate reading ‘From his grave on the Somme’
On top of right cross beam – engraved metal plate reading ‘Killed in action 25 Sept 1916’

Text type (e.g. hand-written, GRU tags, carved):  hand painted

Cross dimensions (millimetres please)
Shaft Height:  1220mm
Cross beam width: 700mm
Width of wood:
Thickness or depth:  35mm

Circle plate (if celtic type)
Outer diameter:  Unsure, as the Celtic circle has broken off and is lying at the base of the cross, with only 3 of 4 parts remaining
Width of circle:
Thickness: 45mm

Other information
Mounting to wall: screwed to wall in an alcove to left of altar
Evidence of use in field (earth marking, cracking, staining, shrinkage): Nil
Surface insertion depth (into ground if apparent): None apparant
Finish (varnish, paint, oiled, unfinished etc):  Appears oiled or varnished
Condition (cracked, paint peeling, woodwork, damage etc): Head of cross has broken off the main shaft. Celtic circle has broken away from main cross, with only 3 parts of the circle remaining (lying at foot of the cross). Some evidence of woodworm.

Biographical information, notes and observations:
Full, detailed story of Charles Prangley, with a photograph of him, here :

Photos and survey courtesy of Andrew White
Date of survey:  16 February 2017