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
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.
Survey and photographs courtesy of Alison Treacy. With thanks to the volunteer welcome stewards.
Date of Survey 29/08/2017