HORATIO SPENCER WALPOLE
God proved them and found them worthy for himself
Church of St Andrew
The cross is located on wall in the right hand side of the Chancel of the church.
Details on cross:
Top of Centre Shaft
In Loving Memory
On the cross beam on centre shaft:
1st BATTN COLDSTREAMGUARDS
LIEUT H.S. WALPOLE. KILLED IN ACTION. 9-4-18
Text type: White Hand Painted on painted Black background:
Cross dimensions (estimated as high on wall)
Shaft Height: 1400
Cross beam width: 550
Circle Diameter: 400
Width of wood: 55
Thickness or depth: 25
Mounting to wall: screwed onto brickwork at either end of the cross beam
Evidence of use in field. Difficult to assess. The cross in mounted approx 2 meters high onto the wall and has been painted black. It looks like it has been restored sometime in its history
St Andrews church is a fascinating medieval church with plenty of interesting historical detail and artefacts
Horatio and his brother Thomas who was also killed during the Great War are both also commemorated in a stained glass window in St Margaret’s Church, Chipstead, Reigate.
The Walpole family are related to the long meandering line of Norfolk Walpoles who number earls and Sir Robert amongst them. The church War memorial is a real curiosity too.
Date of Death: 09/04/1918
Regiment/Service: Coldstream Guards 1st Bn.
Grave Reference: II. B. 22.
Cemetery: BAC-DU-SUD BRITISH CEMETERY, BAILLEULVAL
Additional Information: Son of Henry Spencer Vade-Walpole and Frances Selina, his wife, of Chipstead, Surrey; husband of Dorothea Frances Walpole, of “The Firs,” Stevenage, Herts.
Survey and photographs courtesy of Eammon Handley
Date of survey: 03.12.16
Portrait © IWM (HU 127012) Lieutenant Horatio Spencer Walpole (HU 127012) Lieutenant Horatio Spencer Walpole. Unit: 1st Battalion, Coldstream Guards. Death: 09 April 1918 Killed in Action Western Front Copyright: © IWM. Original Source: http://www.iwm.org.uk/collections/item/object/205390301
War memorial photo courtesy of Simon Knott, you can find out more about the church on his fantastic website here.