Lieut. W. Ogilvy

Location address: Holy Cross Church, Binsted, Alton, GU34 4NX

Details on cross :


Lieut. W. Ogilvy


Text type (e.g. hand-written, GRU tags, carved): GRU metal Tags

Cross dimensions (millimetres)- did not have tape measure so had to estimate.
Shaft Height: about 1200
Cross beam width: about 450

Other information
Mounting to wall: yes, above a radiator.
Detailing: Plain cross, no other markings other than GRU metal naming.
Evidence of use in field (earth marking, cracking, staining, shrinkage): yes, wood has rotted in places where it has been in the earth.

Finish (varnish, paint, oiled, unfinished etc): unfinished
Condition (cracked, paint peeling, woodwork, damage etc): good, wood lined

Lieutenant William Wickam Ogilvy (HU 124546) Lieutenant William Wickam Ogilvy. Unit: 20th Hussars. Death: 23 March 1918 Western Front Copyright: © IWM. Original Source:

Notes and observations: the cross is placed on the wall of a bay above a radiator, just to the left of the church entrance. There is a memorial to Lieutenant WW Ogilvy, 20th Hussars in the church.

NB Field Marshall Montgomery is buried in the churchyard and his standard hangs inside.

Lieutenant William Wickham Ogilvy, 20th Hussars, died on 23rd March,1918, from wounds received in action the same day at Jussy. Age 22. Only son of Lucy and the late Col.W.L.K.Ogilvy, C.B.(60th Rifles), of Binsted Wyck, Alton, Hampshire. Educated at Rimpton, Eton and RMC Sandhurst.

He had previously been wounded at Monchy on 10th April,1917, receiving wounds to his left side and left leg. Upon recovery he rejoined his regiment and was in command of a detachment of his regiment when he was wounded on 23rd March,1918. His acting C.O. wrote: “He was doing magnificent work at the time, as he always did, showing the greatest bravery and contempt for danger. I looked upon your son as one of the most promising officers in the regiment. At the time he was commanding a detachment of the whole regiment, which he did in his usual calm, confident and brave manner. I cannot speak too highly of his soldierly conduct”.

Rank: Lieutenant

Date of Death: 23/03/1918

Age: 22

Regiment/Service: 20th Hussars

Grave Reference: II. E. 8.


Additional Information:

Only son of Lucy and the late Col. W. L. K. Ogilvy, C.B. (60th Rifles), of Binsted Wyck, Alton, Hants.

Survey and photographs courtesy of : Andrew Nichol

Date of Survey 11/8/17