Location: St Mary’s Church, Weeting, Norfolk, IP27 0QY
Details on cross:
Illegible GRU tag at top of shaft, with very faint painted KSLI badge beneath.
Diamond shaped metal plate with painted legend
Aucto splendore resurgo.
In memory of 11648 Sgt V Malt MM 7th KSLI Killed in Acton Aug 21st 1918
“Aucto splendore resurgo” is the motto of the Light Infantry regiments and translates a little clumsily as “I rise again in increased splendour”
Text type (e.g. hand-written, GRU tags, carved): Painted
Cross dimensions (millimetres please). Unable to measure. Substantial timber.
Mounting to wall: Not visible
Evidence of use in field (earth marking, cracking, staining, shrinkage): N/A
Surface insertion depth (into ground if apparent): Shaft cut short
Finish (varnish, paint, oiled, unfinished etc): Dark varnish
Condition (cracked, paint peeling, woodwork, damage etc): A bit neglected.
Notes and observations: Victor Malt was born in Weeting in January 1891. At the time of the 1911 census he was working as a gardener near Chester. He enlisted in the KSLI in 1914 and went to France in May 1915. While on leave in December 1916 he married Beatrice Emma Warren and they moved into a house in Brandon. He was killed in action near Albert in the early hours of 21st August 1918. The 7th KLSI War Dairy for that date records the action. The closing entry at 8.00am simply reads “The remainder of the day passed without incident” His body was reburied in Bucquoy Raod British Cemetery in 1919. He was awarded the Military Medal.
His brother John of 7th Norfolks who died of wounds in November 1916 is buried in Weeting churchyard.
Survey and photographs courtesy of Andrew Macdonald, Date of survey: 05/06/17