Anson Northey Memorial Cross

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Reference WMO/279043

Address:

Ditteridge

Box

England

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Status: On original site
Type: Freestanding
Location: External
Setting: Roadside
Description: Latin cross
Lettering: Incised
Conflicts:
  • First World War (1914-1918)
About the memorial: A wayside cross on the village green, a memorial for Captain Anson Northey of the 2nd Essex Regiment, who died on the 26th August 1914. According to a newspaper account of its dedication (Wiltshire Times and Trowbridge Advertiser, 9th November 1918, p. 9), it is a copy of the village cross at Lacock (Wiltshire).
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The inscription is very hard to read; the following transcript is taken from the newspaper account of its dedication in November 1918: Sursum Corda./ In undying remembrance of Anson, Captain, Essex Regiment, eldest son of George Northey, Esq., J.P., of Cheney Court, who gave his life for his country at Le Cateau on the 26th August, 1914./ One who never turned his back,/ But marched breast forward,/ Never doubted clouds would break,/ Never feared, though right were worsted,/ Wrong would conquer. Held:/ We fall to rise./ Are baffled to fight better,/ Sleep to wake. [The lines are from Robert Browning's "Epilogue"]

Anson Northey

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