Albert Charles Ames

Location: The Regimental Museum of the Royal WelshWatton, Brecon Powys, LD3 7EB

Details on cross:

 broken GRU tag 


22916 PTE. A.C.AMES

10/S. W. BDRS.


Text type (e.g. hand-written, GRU tags, carved): GRU tags

Cross dimensions (millimetres please)
Shaft Height:          730mm

Cross beam width:  470mm

Width of wood:       75mm

Thickness or depth: 18mm

Other information
Mounting to wall: The cross is in a display case with alongside a picture of  Pte. Ames.

Evidence of use in field (earth marking, cracking, staining, shrinkage): The wood has been stained but shows some evidence of slight cracking and shrinkage.

Surface insertion depth (into ground if apparent): None apparent.

Condition (cracked, paint peeling, woodwork, damage etc):

There are two holes in the main shaft of the cross. One 400mm from the bottom in the centre of the shaft and one at the very edge of the bottom.

There is also a small hole at the very bottom of the cross with some string running through it.

Notes and observations:

There is also a museum label which says:

No. 22916 Private Albert Charles AMES

10th Battalion South Wales Borderers

Died of wounds 30th July 1917 aged 30.

Chevalier of the Order of the Crown, Croix de Guerre (Belgium).

Husband of Mrs M Denchfield (Formally Ames) of Cheltenham

Note: There is also a mislabeled metal marker in the museum. This is a peacetime French civilian grave marker, if you see these advertised on ebay as Great War artefacts, they aren’t, avoid them (see photo). Nick

Survey and photographs courtesy of Elin Jones. Feature image courtesy of Louvain Rees.

Date of survey: 23/2/17