Lieutenant Colonel Francis William Armitage DSO-Battlefield Cross

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Reference WMO/274905


All Saints Episcopal Church




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Status: On original site
Type: Non freestanding
Location: External
Setting: Within a garden/park/churchyard/enclosure/Marketplace
Description: Battlefield (wooden) cross
  • Timber Timber (any)
Lettering: Painted
  • First World War (1914-1918)
About the memorial: White painted Battlefield Cross, which is placed in the Churchyard. Wigtownshire Free Press (3/5/1918): Major (Acting Lieutenant-Colonel) FAW Armitage DSO (killed) was the younger son of Mr and Mrs Arthur C Armitage of Kirroughtree, Newton Stewart. Choosing the Army as a profession, he was gazetted to the West Yorkshire Regiment, October 2, taking part in an expedition to the North West Frontier, for which he received the medal. He was gazetted Captain on February 11, 1911. He served in France since December 1914, and was appointed Adjutant to the regiment on June 27 1915, served as Temporary Major, Duke of Wellington's Own, at the battle of the Somme, and was promoted Temporary Lieutenant-Colonel, 1st Battalion, Hampshire Regiment, August 22 1916. He was four times mentioned in despatches, and was wounded in January 1916, and again in September 1917. The cross was absent from the Churchyard in November 2017 so is assumed to have been moved into the Church.
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