Lieut. R C Cross
Location: St. Mary the Virgin Church, Gillingham, Dorset, SP8 4AW
Details on cross:
Lieut. R C Cross Dorset Yeomanry Attached 2/4 Batt South Lanc’s Killed in Action 7 6 18.
Also at the top of the cross are the inter-twined letters ‘HIS’. There is, what looks like a yellow rose with green leafs above the date of death. The date is set in a painted bordered frame upon a column. There is also a yellow triangle painted on to the cross directly above the name.
Text type (e.g. hand-written, GRU tags, carved): The text is painted on in black
Cross dimensions (millimetres please)
Shaft Height: 1150mm
Cross beam width: 600mm
Width of wood: 110mm
Thickness or depth: unknown as the cross is set into the wall
Mounting to wall: Set into the Chapel wall
Evidence of use in field (earth marking, cracking, staining, shrinkage): rotten at base
Surface insertion depth (into ground if apparent): not apparent
Finish (varnish, paint, oiled, unfinished etc): A light base paint with detailed painted on top
Condition (cracked, paint peeling, woodwork, damage etc): Signs of woodworm particularly at the base. Rot also at the base of the cross.
Notes and observations: The cross is supported by a memorial plaque in a side chapel of the church which his parent’s, Charlton and Emily Cross of Wyke Hall appear to have funded. Reginald Carlton Cross is buried at Couin New British Cemetery, grave G 15.
Survey and photographs courtesy of Steve Lee
Date of survey 29/07/17