Corporal Joshua Strong of Elterwater (Langdale)

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Status: On subsequent site(s)
Type: Non freestanding
Location: Internal
Setting: Inside a building - public/private
Description: Battlefield (wooden) cross
  • Timber Timber (any)
Lettering: Painted
  • First World War (1914-1918)
About the memorial: Battlefield Cross with black painted dedication 702mm high x 413mm wide x 20mm. Catalogue Reference EPH9460, Imperial War Museum. Wooden cross from the grave of Corporal Joshua Strong, 29th Canadian Infantry Battalion (British Columbia Regiment), killed in action on 26 April 1918. Corporal Strong (son of Joseph and Mary Strong, of Elterwater, Westmorland [Cumbria since 1974], England) served in the 3rd Company of 29th Battalion (British Columbia Regiment); he was aged 29 at the time of his death. His remains are buried at Bellacourt Military Cemetery, Riviere. (Details from Commonwealth War Graves 'Debt of Honour' website). This original grave marker was replaced after the war by an inscribed headstone provided by the Imperial (now Commonwealth) War Graves Commission. Nearly 600,000 graves from the First World War and memorials to more than 500,000 missing servicemen are still maintained by the Commission, which was established by Royal Charter in May 1917. Both CWGC and a commemoration on his parent's gravestone at Rigg/Gretna give the date of death as 24 April.
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R.I.P. / IN / MEMORY / OF / No 422532 CPL. J. STRONG / 29TH CDN. BN. / KILLED / IN / ACTION / 26 / 4 / 18

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