Location: St.Giles, Shipbourne, Kent, TN11 9PF
Details on cross:
1st Btn WELSH GUARDS
Text type (e.g. hand-written, GRU tags, carved): No GRU tag
Cross dimensions (millimetres please)
Cross beam width:585mm
Width of wood: 100mm
Thickness or depth: 50mm
Mounting to wall: Two screws
Evidence of use in field (earth marking, cracking, staining, shrinkage): Some evidence of being in ground – but cross has been treated well.
Surface insertion depth (into ground if apparent):300mm
Finish (varnish, paint, oiled, unfinished etc): Varnish
Condition (cracked, paint peeling, woodwork, damage etc): Cross in good condition – minor wear visible from when in ground but has been treated well.
Other information, notes and observations:
This cross is displayed in St.Giles Church, Shipbourne which happens to be the church re-built by the Cazalet family towards the end of the 19th Century. As well as the Memorial Cross there is a brass plaque commemorating Edward Cazalet’s life. Underneath this plaque is another memorial for his younger brother Victor, who was awarded a Military Cross in the First World War, served as an MP between the wars and died in an air accident whilst serving in the Second World War. The Cazalet family owned the nearby estate of Fairlawne.
There is an excellent article on Edward Cazalet that can be found in the Guards Magazine which is well worth a read. This can be found here: http://guardsmagazine.com/features_averybrieflife.html The follow up article on Victor can be found here: http://guardsmagazine.com/autumn14features_victorcazalet.html
Survey and photographs courtesy of Sebastian St John
Date of survey: 11th March 2017