Gordon Flowerdew

Framlingham College Chapel
IP13 9EY

Details on cross:

small GRU plot locator on upper shaft.


Three GRU tags on cross piece:

Captain G. M. Flowerdew
Lord Strathcona’s Horse


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

Cross dimensions (millimetres please)
Shaft Height: 1300mm (estimated)
Cross beam width: 400mm (estimated)
Width of wood: 75mm (estimated)
Thickness or depth: 25mm (estimated)

Other information
Mounting to wall: No obvious fixing. Suspect fixed by a bracket to brick sill.
Detailing: Top of shaft and crosspiece ends chamfered.
Evidence of use in field (earth marking, cracking, staining, shrinkage): Some rot and staining at base of shaft
Surface insertion depth (into ground if apparent): 300mm (estimated)
Finish (varnish, paint, oiled, unfinished etc): Unfinished
Condition (cracked, paint peeling, woodwork, damage etc): Fair. Some cracking on crosspiece, some rot at base of shaft where in the ground.

Other information, notes and observations:

Flowerdew was mortally wounded leading a cavalry charge at the Battle of Moreuil Wood on 30th March 1918. He died the next day.

He is also commemorated in Billingford Church, close to his birthplace at Billingford Hall.

You can find him on the CWGC website here

There’s more about Flowerdew and the battle of Moreuil Wood here on Hidden Commemoration

Your name: Andrew Macdonald

Date of survey: 11/06/2015