Alfred Enoch and two unmarked crosses

Location: St Peter, Leckhampton, Gloucestershire, GL53 0QJ (Cemetery of church)


Cross 1

Details on cross:

Text type (tags, carved)
Nothing – no tags
Cross dimensions in mm

Shaft Height 82 cm
Cross beam width 45.5 cm
Width of wood 6.7 cm
Thickness or depth 2 cm

Additional information: This cross is back left in the photo. No plates or any details as to who it commemorates. Cross is supported by a metal post inserted into the ground behind it, and wired with green garden wire to the metal post. Cross is old, and evidence of age, but no idea how old it might be.


Cross 2

Shaft Height 90 cm
Cross beam width 45.5 cm
Width of wood 6.7 cm
Thickness or depth 2 cm

Additional information: This cross is back right in the photo. No plates or any details as to who it commemorates. Cross is supported by a metal post inserted into the ground behind it, and wired with green garden wire to the metal post. Cross is old, and evidence of age, but no idea how old it might be.

 


Cross 3

Text type (tags, carved): Plaque

L/Cpl AWG Enoch MM 21st July 1916

Cross dimensions in mm

Shaft Height 81 cm
Cross beam width 45.5 cm
Width of wood 6.7 cm
Thickness or depth 2 cm

Evidence of use in field (earth marking, cracking, staining, shrinkage):
Surface insertion depth (into ground if apparent):
Finish (varnish, paint, oiled, unfinished etc):
Condition (cracked, paint peeling, woodwork, damage etc):

Notes and observations: This cross is the one at the front. Plate commemorates. L/Cpl AWG Enoch MM Killed in action 21st July 1916. Cross is supported by a metal post inserted into the ground behind it, and wired with green garden wire to the metal post. Cross is old, and evidence of age, but no idea how old it might be. Plaque looks to be quite new given little evidence of mould or detritus

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Lance-Corporal Alfred William George Enoch MM (Military Medal) 2528 of the 1/5th Battalion, Gloucestershire Regiment, was killed in action on the 21st July 1916. He was born in Cheltenham and enlisted there in August 1914. He arrived in France on the 29th March 1915 and was lost his life during the Somme battles of July 1916. Alfred was 24 years old. The son of William and Constance Enoch of Camden Cottage, Croft Street, Cheltenham. He has no known grave and is commemorated at Thiepval. Curious perhaps that this cross exists at all and indicative that either he was buried and the cross returned or perhaps it was native built in Leckhampton. Both he and his father were carpenters by trade.The other two are a mystery, although I do wonder if these were perhaps part of the original large collection at Cheltenham Cmetery and came from there, it is possible that teh other two crosses originally marked other men from the parish, but no record can be found at present. (Nick)

Survey and photographs courtesy of Mike Edwards
Survey date 12/06/2017