Pockley – St John the Baptist Church, North Yorkshire

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Cuddington – St Nicholas Church, Bucks

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Easby – St Hilda’s Church, North Yorkshire

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Killamarsh – St. Giles’ Church, Derbyshire

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Strensall – St. Mary’s, North Yorkshire

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Newark – National Civil War Centre, Notts

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South Wingfield – All Saints Church, Derbyshire

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Leicester – Museum of The Royal Leicestershire Regiment, Leicestershire

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Finmere – St. Michael and All Angels, Oxfordshire

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Leicester – Private Address

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Marston St Lawrence – Northamptonshire

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Pudsey – Pudsey Cemetery, West Yorkshire

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Finmere – St. Michael and All Angels, Oxfordshire

Captain Cholmeley Symes-Thompson Location address: St. Michael and All Angels : Water Stratford Road, Finmere, Oxfordshire, MK18 4AT Details on cross: Cholmley Symes-Thompson 2nd Grenadier Guards Killed in Action November 17 1914 Text type (e.g. hand-written, GRU...

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Leicester – Private Address

Able Seaman H. W. Henstock Cross remains within the family, Private address, Leicester. Details on cross (Text content of cross): In Loving memory of dear Walter Original Cross from France Text type (e.g. hand-written, GRU tags, carved): Hand Painted Cross dimensions...

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Marston St Lawrence – Northamptonshire

Captain Geoffrey V S  Bowlby and Lieut Lionel S Bowlby St Lawrence, Marston St Lawrence, Northamptonshire, OX17 2DA Captain G V S  Bowlby Details on cross (Text content of cross): Captain G V S  Bowlby Royal Horse Guards 13-5-15  Memorial Cross Text type...

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Pudsey – Pudsey Cemetery, West Yorkshire

Capt Robert Salter Location address: Pudsey Cemetery, Cemetery Road Pudsey Metropolitan Borough of Leeds West Yorkshire  England LS28 7HH Details on cross : Not possible to see as protected by granite case. Cross dimensions (millimetres please)...

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Barmston – All Saints, East Riding of Yorkshire

Edward Boynton Pedder Location address: All Saints Sands Lane, Barmston, East Riding of Yorkshire, YO25 8PR Details on cross : In memory of 2nd L’ E Pedder QMO. 18th Hussars RIP Killed in Action January 19th 1916 Text type (e.g. hand-written, GRU tags, carved):...

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Hoo – St. Werburgh Church, Kent

Pte L.C.Blackman Location address (including church name, county and postcode): St. Werburgh Church, Church Street, Hoo, Rochester, Kent, ME3 9AL Details on cross (Text content of cross): A.I.F 5559.Pte L.C.Blackman 18th BN. K.I.A 7. 7. 18. Text type (e.g....

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Beverley – Minster, East Ridings of Yorkshire

OFFICERS AND MEN OF THE 64TH INFANTRY BRIGADE Location address Beverley Minster, Minster Yard North, Beverley HU17 0DP Details on cross (Text content of cross): INRI Carved at top then two plates The top plate reads: TO THE HONOURED MEMORY OF THE OFFICERS AND MEN OF...

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Geoffrey George Gunnis – Clyne, Lesboeufs and Kent

Geoffrey George Gunnis – Clyne, Lesboeufs and Kent

Captain Geoffrey George Gunnis, MC 3rd Battalion, Grenadier Guards, May 7th, 1896 – October 13th, 1916 Geoffrey was born at 67 Cadogan Gardens, Chelsea, in London, on May 7th, 1896. He was the first of three sons born to Francis George Gunnis, an East India Co...

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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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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.