Bruce Lorence Capell
All Saints Church
Details on cross:
Cross is heavily built and has side supports at 45 degree angles.
In Loving Memory of
Bruce Lorence Capell 2nd Lt (MC)
2/1 North Midland (Staffs) R.G.A.
Killed in Action
June 7th 1918:
C of E
Text type: Hand written
Cross dimensions (millimetres please)
Shaft Height: 1500mm
Cross beam width: 560mm
Width of wood: 90mm
Thickness or depth: 550mm
Mounting to wall: Through holes drilled in the wood, (felt sharp at end: possibly nails?)
Evidence of use in field (earth marking, cracking, staining, shrinkage): None
Surface insertion depth (into ground if apparent): None
Finish (varnish, paint, oiled, unfinished etc.): Unfinished
Condition (cracked, paint peeling, woodwork, damage etc.): The cross is in very good condition and the scribing is still legible. The wood is smooth and pale.
Other information, notes and observations:
The Cross is attached to an East facing wall: between the Pulpit and a Stained Glass Window, which also has an inscription regarding Bruce Kapell at the bottom. The Plaque attached at the bottom of the cross has added information, (who made the cross, where Bruce Capell rests, and how it was brought home).
Text as follows:
On plaque below cross: this cross was made and placed by his comrades in the Bullacourt Military Cemetery Rivere, Arras, where he rests, to the memory of Bruce Lorence Capell MC, RGA who fell at ad infer nearby, 7th june 1918 in his 22nd year. Afterwards a brother officer with great kindness brought it home, where it was placed together with the adjacent window in loving memory by his parents, Bruce John and Florence Capell.
Second Lieutenant Bruce Lorence CAPELL MC, 2/1st (North Midland) Brigade, Royal Field Artillery, died on 7 June 1918, aged 21. CAPELL won his MC after heavy casualties had occurred amongst his men as a result of enemy shell fire. His coolness and his splendid example rallied the rest of the men and kept them in action. When not doing that he superintended the dressing and removal of wounded men. His award was gazetted on 15 March 1918.
Survey and photographs courtesy of Chris Garfirth
Date of survey: 1st September, 2016