Unknown British Soldier
Location: Holy Trinity Church, Meole Brace, Shrewsbury, Shropshire, SY3 9HF
Details on cross:
Punched metal strip
UNKNOWN BRITISH SOLDIER
Brass plaque engraved
1914-1918 THIS CROSS TEMPORARILY MARKED THE GRAVE OF AN UNKNOWN BRITISH SOLDIER ON THE WESTERN FRONT AND IS ENTRUSTED TO YOUR CARE BY THE IMPERIAL WAR GRAVES COMMISSION
Text type (e.g. hand-written, GRU tags, carved):
Cross dimensions (millimetres please)
Shaft Height: 1140mm
Cross beam width: 415mm
Width of wood: 60mm
Thickness or depth: 21mm
Mounting to wall: Small brass mounting plate recessed into rear face. Hung on church wall.
Evidence of use in field (earth marking, cracking, staining, shrinkage): Chipped and flattened at top where hammered into ground. Soil embedded in point.
Surface insertion depth (into ground if apparent): Not apparent.
Finish (varnish, paint, oiled, unfinished etc): Unfinished.
Condition (cracked, paint peeling, woodwork, damage etc): Some cracking.
Notes and observations:
Made of hardwood – possibly oak. Properly jointed at intersection, plus 4 nails.
Cross is taken down for Remembrance Day Services and placed at the foot of the War Memorial in church.
Survey and photographs courtesy of Andy Digby
Date of survey 26/7/2017