Brookwood – Saint Saviour’s Church, Surrey

Capt. H R Townsend Green Location: Saint Saviour's Church, Connaught Rd, Brookwood, Woking GU24...
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Binsted – Holy Cross Church, Hampshire

Lieut. W. Ogilvy Location address: Holy Cross Church, Binsted, Alton, GU34 4NX Details...
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Market Overton – St Peter and St Pauls Church, Rutland

Lieut S Wing Location: St Peter and St Pauls Church, Teigh Road, Market Overton, Rutland, LE15 7PW...
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Bisbrooke – St John the Baptist, Rutland

Lieut. Col, Percy Evans-Freke Location: St John the Baptist : Church Lane, Bisbrooke, Rutland,...
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Sandon – All Saints Church, Staffordshire

MAJOR, THE HON.R.N.D.RYDER Location address: North wall of the Chancel...
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Priors Hardwick – Church of St Mary, Warwickshire

LIEUT-COLONEL ARTHUR. EDMUND THURSBY - BOER WAR Location: Church of St...
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Thornton – St Michael & All Angels, Buckinghamshire

LIEUT. P. A. D. JACKSON & BRIG GEN SIR W. A. I. KAY BART. C.M.G. D...
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Martlesham – Martlesham Heath Aviation Society, Suffolk

2-Lieut W L Lovell Location: Martlesham Heath Aviation Society,...
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Leatherhead – St Mary & St Nicholas, Surrey

PTE. F.C.B. COWARD Location address: Leatherhead Parish Church (St Mary & St...
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Armagh – Regimental Museum, Armagh

J.S.M. LENOX CONYNGHAM Location: Royal Irish Fusiliers Museum, Regimental Museum, Sovereign House,...
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Armagh – St Patrick’s Anglican Cathedral, Armagh

LIEUT COL J S M LENOX CONYNGHAM Location: St Patrick’s Anglican...
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Peckleton – St Mary Magdalen Church, Leicestershire

SAPPER G.W. FALLODOWN Location: St Mary Magdalene Church, Peckleton,...
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Leatherhead – St Mary & St Nicholas, Surrey

PTE. F.C.B. COWARD Location address: Leatherhead Parish Church (St Mary & St Nicholas), Church Road, Leatherhead, Surrey KT22 8BD Details on cross: Top: I.W.G.C Crossbeam: 510102. PTE. F.C.B. COWARD, A Coy. 1st/14th Bn., London 1/4. LONDON. 29.8.18...

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Armagh – Regimental Museum, Armagh

J.S.M. LENOX CONYNGHAM Location: Royal Irish Fusiliers Museum, Regimental Museum, Sovereign House, The Mall, Armagh, BT61 9DL Details on cross: On the upper shaft: RIP On the cross beam: Lieut Col J.S.M. LENOX CONYNGHAM On lower shaft in a stylised ribbon Sept  3rd...

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Armagh – St Patrick’s Anglican Cathedral, Armagh

LIEUT COL J S M LENOX CONYNGHAM Location: St Patrick’s Anglican Cathedral, Castle Street, Armagh, BT61 7EE Northern Ireland   Details on cross: On the upper shaft: 6th BATT CONN. RANGERS On the cross beam: LIEUT COL J S M LENOX CONYNGHAM...

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Bexley – Boys and Girls Memorial Hall, Kent

Unknown British Soldier Location: Boys & Girls Memorial Hall, Lesley Close, Bexley, Kent, DA5 1LX Details on cross: None Text type (e.g. hand-written, GRU tags, carved): It has no markings or GRU tags. Other information Mounting to wall: over the entrance door...

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St Ervan – St Ervan Church, Cornwall

2/Lt A.C. FRY Location:  St Ervan Church, St Ervan, Cornwall, PL27 7TA Details on cross: IWGC 2/Lt A.C. FRY 4/O AND BUCKS L.I. Text type (e.g. hand-written, GRU tags, carved): GRU tags Cross dimensions (millimetres please) Shaft Height: 1150...

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Eydon – St Nicholas Church, Daventry

Pte. G. Fairbrother Location: St Nicholas' Church, Eydon, Northamptonshire, NN11 3PQ Details on cross:  40382 Pte. G. Fairbrother  2nd Bn Northants Died 28/4/18 Text type (e.g. hand-written, GRU tags, carved): Hand painted in black Cross dimensions (mmillimetres...

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Kensington – St Mary Abbots Church, London

Communal cross for the 22nd Royal Fusiliers (Kensingtons) Location: St Mary Abbots Church Kensington, London W8 4LA. Details on cross:  Regimental logo 22 RF In proud memory of our comrades 375. Sgt. A.T. Herbert 6974. Cpl. B. Gibson 19468. Cpl. J. W...

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Cavell’s original cross

Cavell’s original cross

Edith Cavell was born in Swardeston and was executed in Brussels for helping 200 or more Allied soldiers. Memorials to her at St Mary's church include the East Window and the village War Memorial by the south entrance to the churchyard. The Cavell Room through the...

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Project update

Project update

We are we believe about a quarter of a way through the locations thanks to some sterling work from all of you. What has been especially nice has been the ones that we've been finding that don't appear to have been recorded in any of the semi-official lists, we've...

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Flowerdew; Billingsford, Moreuil and Framlingham.

Flowerdew; Billingsford, Moreuil and Framlingham.

Gordon Muriel Flowerdew was born near Scole in South Norfolk on January 2nd 1885, the son of Arthur and Hannah Flowerdew of Billingford Hall. One of ten sons and four daughters, he, like all his brothers, was sent to Framlingahm College which he attended from 1894 to...

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In memory of Riddles

In memory of Riddles

The Battlefield Cross in Saint Peters Church Redcar is that of 2nd Lieutenant Stewart Gordon Ridley with an additional citation for First Airman J.S. Garside. It was originally placed in the Minia War Memorial Cemetery on the eastern fringes of the Western desert. The...

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About the project

Wooden Battlefield Crosses and grave markers exist all across Great Britain and indeed across the world. You can find them in churches, memorial halls, chapels, museums and private dwellings. Although various lists exist there is no definitive study of them; the available information is often buried in collections of other memorials. These are deeply personal connections with the people involved in the conflict and form a direct link to the families, loved ones and communities who were left behind.

The aim of this project is to try and provide an online resource which creates a place to find the information about these curious objects, where they exist, how to access them and what they meant a century ago, how they continue to be part of the communities they still exist in and how people continue to engage and respond to them as a link the link to First World War.

Ultimately the intention is to list every single battlefield cross or wooden grave marker returned from the lines in Europe to Great Britain after the war ended. The website will hopefully provide a resource that will give everyone access to information on as many of the locations and as much detail as possible about the stories surrounding the people whose graves they marked in France and their symbolic return to the people they left behind.

We need your help…

You can send us information on your local wooden crosses and battlefield markers, whether it be your own photos, photos you have permission to use from a local archive, details of the building and how the marker has become part of the story of it. We also need your research on the soldiers, their life and service, their families, the incidents surrounding their death and the eventual return of the grave marker to Britain and back to the community where the person came from.

We have provided an easy guide to help you to survey, photograph and research these sites and a rough but growing list of locations which we will hopefully be building on as more information comes to light. We will also be putting together an online guide looking at how and where to research the stories of the men these crosses are named for and how you might be able to look into the story behind them to build an online collection which everyone can use to explore these fascinating memorials.

Contact us

Have you done a survey or do you fancy having a go at one? Maybe you aren’t sure what to do or maybe you have already completed some research on a battlefield cross you’d like to add to the project or share via the website.

Perhaps you think you may have something nobody has seen in nearly a century in your loft or shed? Let us know.

Please send us an email to info@thereturned.co.uk

British Airman’s Graves Plot 9, Poperighe “Remy’ Kerkhof Cemetery 1920 OOC.