Captain Erskine Alick Crossley

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Reference WMO/294417


St Paul's Church

Church Road


DE22 5JB


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Status: On original site
Type: Freestanding
Location: Internal
Setting: Inside a building - public/private
Description: Liturgical object
  • Metal Brass
Lettering: No lettering
  • First World War (1914-1918)
About the memorial: A heavy ornate brass cross on a hexagonal base. The cross is formed from broad, thin chamfered brass strips and the top and the two arms are each terminated by a small cross, each made up of four fleurs-de-lys, and a fourth such cross is positioned half way up the shaft. At the centre of the cross is a fleuron with a simplified fleur-de-lys at each corner. The cross surmounts a short cylindrical pillar with a fluted surface, which in turn surmounts a hexagonal base of three parts. The upper part comprises a bell-shaped section with a pattern on each face, while the centre section has a hexagonal cornice at the top, a wider one at the foot, and hollowed faces between. The lower section is similar to the middle one but is much larger, has designs on its faces and bears a foot at each angle. There is no inscription or other indication of the memorial status of the cross. (See Comments below). He is not commemorated by CWGC. Presumably he had been discharged by the time of his death, but the date of death of 3 April 1920 (refer page 5 of WMO/294416) is within the CWGC commemoration period. As his entry in the Book of Remembrance (op cit) states that he died of wounds, on the face of it he is a 'nom-com' as he qualified in 1920 for CWGC commemoration
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