Henry George Balchin
Location: All Saints Church
Town/village: LyddCounty: Kent
Postcode: TN29 9AY
Details on cross:
The number 33754 and the name BALCHIN on a small metal plaque above YRS on a small metal plaque as follows;
Text type: Tags but not GRU
Cross dimensions : I am afraid the cross was quite high on the wall and the width of wood at the bottom of the cross was the only dimensions I could reach
Shaft Height: N/A
Cross beam width: N/A
Width of wood: 75 mm
Thickness or depth: N/A
Mounting to wall: Assuming nailed to the wall
Detailing: No detaining very plain
Evidence of use in field: None
Surface insertion depth: Not apparent
Condition: Reasonable condition, it looks as though a couple of large black nails had been driven in near the top of the cross at some point.
Other information, notes and observations: Located just inside the entrance to the left of the door, next to the wall mounted town memorial plaque, where H.G.BALCHIN is listed, with no other details. Unfortunately I could not photograph this as a canopy was obscuring the plaque.
The cross is above a poem to the fallen, which I have also photographed.
I located another memorial (not a cross), further inside the church on the right hand side to, this was a brass plaque remembering NEVILLE LANCELOT COLLINS. I wonder if there had been a cross for him in the past and this replaced it?
Additional info: Private Henry George Balchin, 33754. 7th Battalion Yorkshire Regiment, formerly M/88207 Army Service Corps. Son of George and Matilda Balchin, of 1, Kimburn Villas, Lydd, Kent. Killed 13 November 1917. Aged 19.
Born Haywood Heath (Sussex), Enlisted Lydd. Buried POELCAPELLE BRITISH CEMETERY XLIX. D. 13.. (CWGC). Concentration documents at CWGC indicate his remains were found at Map Ref Sheet 20. U.28.B9.1. and reburied at Poelcapelle, identified by his disk. Nick Stone
It would appear there were two crosses originally as evidenced here. This may require further exploration as there are clearly two crosses as Suzanne suggest may have been the case.
Survey and photographs courtesy of Suzanne Duffy.