CAPT. C. MARTINEAU
Location: St Alphege, Solihull, West Midlands, B91 3RB
Details on cross:
Text type (e.g. hand-written, GRU tags, carved): 4 Metal Tags.
3 horizontal detailing the casualty;
CAPT. C. MARTINEAU.
R. WARWICK. REGT.
5 – 5 – 18 .
1 on top the cross at an angle which reads
Cross dimensions (millimetres please)
Shaft Height: 740
Cross beam width: 400
Width of wood:
Thickness or depth: 25
Mounting to wall: Screwed into wall. One screw visible at bottom. Could not see top fixing.
Evidence of use in field (earth marking, cracking, staining, shrinkage): None
Surface insertion depth (into ground if apparent): None
Finish (varnish, paint, oiled, unfinished etc): May have been dark stained
Condition (cracked, paint peeling, woodwork, damage etc): No evidence of poor condition but
does not look to have been touched for years.
Notes and observations:
Located on North Wall of North Aisle. (Inside entry door on right).
Is 8-10 feet above floor level above a memorial stone to the same person, which is listed as an
official memorial at http://www.iwm.org.uk/memorials/item/memorial/17598.
Dates differ on cross and memorial.
A nail protrudes from the lower right hand side.
There is some string behind the lower left hand side of the cross beam
More information about Capt Martineau can be found at;
Captain Clement Martineau, 10th Battalion Royal Warwickshire Regiment, died of wounds, whilst in a German Field Hospital, on 5th May 1918 aged 21. He had been commissioned as a 2nd Lieutenant 21st July 1914 having been a Cadet Colour Serjeant in the Solihull School Contingent, Officer Training Corps. He was placed in the Special Reserve as temporary Lieutenant on 26th December 1914, which was confirmed 2nd February 1915. On the 18th July 1915 he disembarked in France. Captain Martineau was included in the casualty list in the Birmingham Daily Post 30th April 1918, as “wounded and missing”. He was the son of Mr Geoffrey Arthur (steel hinge manufacturer) and Mrs Jessie Clementina Martineau of Touchwood Hall, Solihull, Birmingham.
Survey and photographs courtesy of Andy Johnson
Date of survey: 16/9/2017