Richard George Arthur Barclay

Location: Cromer Parish Church, St Peter and St Paul, Church Street, Cromer, Norfolk, NR27 9HH

Details on cross:

On cross : unknown airman

On Canopy : This cross marked the desert grave of Squadron Leader R.G.A Barclay D.F.C R.A.F.V.R Killed in action 17th July 1942 at El Alamein Egypt

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

Cross dimensions (millimetres please)

Shaft Height: 1000mm approx

Cross beam width: 500mm approx

Other information

Mounting to wall: Mounted to Canopy, on a stand.

Evidence of use in field (earth marking, cracking, staining, shrinkage): Sawn off, lighter colour at base

Finish (varnish, paint, oiled, unfinished etc): Varnish

Condition (cracked, paint peeling, woodwork, damage etc): Good

Notes and observations:

Barclay was the son of the Vicar of Cromer; Canon Gilbert Barclay.

The cross states unknown airman but the canopy states the name of Squadron leader Barclay. Story of the cross can be seen in accompanying photograph. This cross is kept in an area of the church at the foot of the tower, it is surrounded by flags and wreaths, underneath the WW2 memorial (pictured), and a folder displaying the photographs of local men lost in WW1.

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Survey and photographs courtesy of Alison Treacy. With thanks to the volunteer welcome stewards.

Date of Survey 29/08/2017