Edgar Claude Donovan

Location: St Michael, Garton in Holderness, Garton, Hull, East Riding of Yorkshire, HU11 4QB

Details on cross (Text content of cross):


Edgar Claude Donovan

Lieutenant RNVR

armee britannique

Mort au champ d’honneur

le 26 avril


Text type (e.g. hand-written, GRU tags, carved): Painted on a centrepiece

Cross dimensions (millimetres please) N/A

Other information

Mounting to wall: propped in the corner by a stained glass window, the stained glass is a dedication and features his face as St George.

Evidence of use in field (earth marking, cracking, staining, shrinkage): Pointed end to shaft, broken off.

Condition (cracked, paint peeling, woodwork, damage etc): Good

Notes and observations: (optional)

There is a photo of Lieutenant Donovan and a photograph of his grave next to the cross.

Name: Edgar Claude Donovan

Service Branch:Royal Naval Volunteer Reserve

Unit:RN Siege Guns

Rank:Temporary Sub Lieutenant

Awards:Croix de Guerre with Palms (France)

Death Date:26 Apr 1917

Cause of Death:Killed in action

Burial:Coxyde Military Cemetery (B 24)

Service History: ex-Public Schools Bn., enlisted 11/1/15 ; Hawke Bn. D/183 9/3/15-23/10/15 Debility, Invalided to UK 25/11/15 ; 14/2/16 Demob. to Munitions ; 12/2/17 Commissioned Temporary Sub Lieutenant RNVR & appointed to HMS “President” additional for service with RN Siege Guns.

Service Number: ex-London Z/1262 AB RNVR


Civil Employment: Civil Service ; Formerly served 9 years in Mercantile Marine, Master’s Certificate, 2nd Officer ; b.4/12/1884 ; Wife, Rock Cliffe, Thorne Rd., Doncaster, later of: c/o Mrs. Kirk, Burstwick Hall, Burstwick, Hull.

Survey and Photographs courtesy of: John Phillips

Date of survey: 11 September 2017