Lionel Kenelm Digby

Location: St Mary, Tittleshall, Norfolk, postcode unknown.

Details on cross:

Small metal plate at top of cross stamped ‘GRU’

Below plate at head of cross


Across arm of cross

38456 Pte L K Digby

7th Norfolk Regiment

Killed in action

Below arm of cross

October 20th 1918

On left-hand diagonal – In loving    On right-hand diagonal – memory of

plinth reads ‘erected by IIII Hallamshires’

Text type (e.g. hand-written, GRU tags, carved): Hand painted in black

Cross dimensions (millimetres please)
Shaft Height: 1002 (cross only); 1017 with plinth
Cross beam width: 565
Width of wood: 50
Thickness or depth:

Other information
Mounting to wall: Free standing on plinth on steps to pulpit
Detailing: plinth reads ‘erected by IIII Hallamshires’
Evidence of use in field (earth marking, cracking, staining, shrinkage):
Surface insertion depth (into ground if apparent):
Finish (varnish, paint, oiled, unfinished etc): untreated
Condition (cracked, paint peeling, woodwork, damage etc): cross appears to have been shortened when mounted onto plinth. Good overall condition; some evidence of woodworm

Notes and observations:
There is a memorial stone mounted in the wall opposite, commemorating this casualty plus his two cousins. Oddly, the cross gives his date of death as 20 October 18, whereas the memorial stone and the CWGC record it as 18 October 18. Lionel Kenelm Digby was the son of Reginald (rector of the church) and Caroline Digby, and was aged 34. He is buried in Raimbeaucourt Curchyard in northern France, having been killed at Faumont

Your name: Andrew White
Date of survey: 11 March 2017