Recent marker reports
Carew Barnett Location: Covington all Saints church, Covington, Cambridgeshire. Details on marker: IN MEMORY OF MAJOR C. BARNETT 6TH BATTN DUKE OF CORNWALL'S LIGHT INFANTRY -----ED IN ACTION ------st 12th 1915 A non standard cross with a Celtic style circle, shows...read more
JAMES WILSON CRAIG Location: Ayr Cemetery, Ayr, Ayrshire. Details on Cross: PILOT OFFICER J. W CRAIG ROYAL AIR FORCE (VR) ??-7-42 Standard RAF late version marker. This is a native made cross, James is buried in the cemetery. Service Number 118685 Died 16/07/1942 Aged...read more
Edgar Claude Donovan Location: St Michael, Garton in Holderness, Garton, Hull, East Riding of Yorkshire, HU11 4QB Details on cross (Text content of cross): 32 Edgar Claude Donovan Lieutenant RNVR armee britannique Mort au champ d’honneur le 26 avril 1917 Text type...read more
Unknown British Soldier Location - Lady Haig’s Poppy Factory 9 Warriston Road, Edinburgh, EH7 4HJ Details on cross (Text content of cross): GRU 0-L-7 Across the cross piece is a plaque that states ‘Unknown British Soldier’ On the shaft is a plaque that states:...read more
Unknown British Soldier Location: All Saints, North Ferriby, Church Road, Hull, HU19 3DA Details on cross (GRU tags): Unknown British Soldier Text type (e.g. hand-written, GRU tags, carved): GRU Cross dimensions (millimetres please) Shaft Height: 700mm Cross beam...read more
Location: Dean Cemetery, 63 Dean Path, Edinburgh EH4 3AT 2 Lt D C H MacBrayne Details on cross (Text content of cross): 2 Gru tags - Lieut DCH Macbayne RFC Text type (e.g. hand-written, GRU tags, carved): GRU tags Cross dimensions (millimetres please) N/A Other...read more
Unknown British Soldier Location address: Firing Line - Cardiff Castle Museum of the Welsh Soldier, The Interpretation Centre, Cardiff Castle, Cardiff, CF10 2RB Details on cross (Text content of cross): GRU 47B2 Unknown British Soldier Welsh Regt Text type (e.g....read more
Lieut. Col. J McDonnell Location address :Kilsharvan Cemetery, Kilsharvan, Co. Meath, Ireland Details on cross (Text content of cross): Lieut. Col. J McDonnell 5th Battn. Leinster Regt Attached 1st R. Inniskilling Fus. Killed in action 29.9.1918 Text type (e.g....read more
On the blog
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...read more
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...read more
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...read more
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...read more
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.
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 firstname.lastname@example.org
British Airman’s Graves Plot 9, Poperighe “Remy’ Kerkhof Cemetery 1920 OOC.