Location: St Giles, Birtley Near Wark, Northumberland, NE48 3HW
Details on cross:
This is a plain wood cross with a wood plate mounted on the front which carries the inscription:-
(curved) Sacred to the Memory of
Capt B Allgood
1st Royal Irish Rifles
Killed in Action 7th Dec
Text type: Carved raised lettering
Cross dimensions (Approx)
Shaft Height: 1020 mm
Cross beam width: 685 mm
Width of wood: 75 mm
Thickness or depth: 50 mm
Circle plate (if celtic type)
Square plate (if supported) With scalloped edges the plate overall is 370mm wide by 250mm deep and 15mm thick
Mounting to wall: Attached to the wall with two coachbolts and screws attaching the plate to the cross. The cross is mounted on the external south wall of the church in a chancelled alcove.
Detailing: None other than as described.
Evidence of use in field: No specific marks, the bottom of the shaft is roughly finished suggesting being broken off as some time. There is a vent in the wall below the cross, one could take the view the cross was “shortened“ when it was put in place. (see photo)
Surface insertion depth (if apparent): n/a
Finish (varnish, paint, oiled, unfinished etc): Plain undecorated wood.
Condition: Considerable weathering and the lettering has almost weathered away and is legible only with difficulty.
Notes and observations: NB The cross says DoD is 7th Dec 1914, CWGC says 6th Dec 1914. Also remembered at St Mungos, Simonburn, Tynedale.
Date of Death: 06/12/1914 Age:40
Regiment/Service: Royal Irish Rifles 1st Bn.
Grave Reference: I. B. 2.
Cemetery: ESTAIRES COMMUNAL CEMETERY AND EXTENSION
Additional Information: Son of the late Major-General Allgood, C.B.; husband of Isa C. Allgood.
Survey and photographs courtesy of Scott Galloway
Date of survey: 17/01/2017