LIEUT-COLONEL ARTHUR. EDMUND THURSBY – BOER WAR
Location: Church of St Mary,Priors Hardwick, Warwickshire, CV47 7SN
Details on cross:
SACRED TO THE MEMORY OF
Surrounding IHS christogram
LEIUT.-COLONEL. ARTHUR. EDMUND. THURSBY.
5th . ROYAL. WARWICKSHIRE. REGIMENT
DIED AT SUTHERLAND. MARCH 7 1902. AGED 42 YEARS
I HAVE FOUGHT THE GOOD FIGHT. I HAVE FINISHED MY COURSE.
I HAVE KEPT THE FAITH.
J. MOUSE (?)
Text type (e.g. hand-written, GRU tags, carved): Painted/stencilled lettering
Cross dimensions (millimetres please)
Shaft Height: 1531
Cross beam width: 765
Width of wood:136 (shaft), 190 (cross beam)
Thickness or depth: 20
Mounting to wall: Screwed through shaft
Detailing: Rounded ends to top of shaft and end of cress beam
Evidence of use in field (earth marking, cracking, staining, shrinkage):
Surface insertion depth (into ground if apparent): 620? If at point of cut
Finish (varnish, paint, oiled, unfinished etc): Varnished
Condition (cracked, paint peeling, woodwork, damage etc): Shaft is cut 620mm from the botton and has been fixed by metal plates.
Notes and observations:
Leiutenant-Colonel Thursby lived at Hardwick Hill in the village and was a churchwarden, magistrate and chairman of the Parish Council.
There is a brass memorial plate on the wall of the church above the cross and the pulpit is dedicated to his memory.
There is another brass tablet in St Mary’s Church Warwick that was set up by his fellow officers.
He died of Enteric Fever (typhoid).
There is a statue of him in the Royal Regiment of Fusiliers Museum (Royal Warwickshire) in Warwick.
Survey and photographs courtesy of Janet & Mark Ratcliff
Date of survey: 3/8/17