Francis Harry Harvey

Fusiliers Museum of Northumberland
Alnwick Castle
NE66 1NG
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Museum is located within the Alnwick Castle grounds in Abbot Tower. The cross is in its own lighted display cabinet, on the wall, on the left of the reception desk as you walk in

Details on cross:

Alloy Tag on top of Cross Main Shaft: G R C

4 Alloy tags in centre of cross beam:

10-6699 SGT F HARVEY



3RD FEB 1916

Text type: GRU tags

Cross dimensions
Shaft Height: 1290 mm
Cross beam width: 390mm
Width of wood: 60mm
Thickness or depth: 25mm

Other information
Mounting to wall: In a 4 sided lighted display cabinet held in place with a clear plastic wall bracket
Evidence of use in field (earth marking, cracking, staining, shrinkage): some shrinkage and earth damage
Surface insertion depth (into ground if apparent): 25mm
Finish (varnish, paint, oiled, unfinished etc): Plain wood
Condition (cracked, paint peeling, woodwork, damage etc): very good condition apart from the 25 mm that had been in the ground. This was slightly damaged and stained as above

Notes and observations:
An impressive full cross. In very good condition. The centre shaft was tapered width at the top approx. 55 mm to 35 mm at the bottom which was pointed at the bottom to allow the cross to be pushed into the ground. There was a demarcation line approx 25mm were the shaft was staked into the ground at one time. Both the top part of the centre shaft and the cross shaft ends both had plain chamfered edge detail on all 4 sides.

Biographical notes:

CWGC: Rank: Serjeant
Service No: 10/6699
Date of Death: 03/02/1916
Age: 23
Regiment/Service: Northumberland Fusiliers “A” Coy. 10th Bn.
Grave Reference: II. G. 160. Cemetery:SAILLY-SUR-LA-LYS CANADIAN CEMETERY
Additional Information: Son of Mrs. Clara Harvey, of 181, Kendal St., Byker, Newcastle-on-Tyne. Born at Islington, London.

His inscription on the CWGC headstone reads

“Gone through death, to glory bright, present with the lord in light”

Survey and photographs courtesy of Eammon Handley
Date of survey: 13.10.16