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

Other information
Mounting to wall: Set into the Chapel wall

Detailing:

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