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Memorial details

Memorial type
Battlefield cross or marker
District
Tonbridge And Malling
Town
Ightham
County
Kent
Country
England
Commemoration
First World War (1914-1918), VC or GC Recipients
Lost
Not lost
WM Reference
1138
Current location

Tudor Chapel.
Ightham Mote Chapel
Mote Road
Ivy Hatch
Ightham
Tonbridge And Malling
Kent
TN15 0NT
England

OS Grid Ref: TQ 58453 53493
Denomination: Church of England

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Description
Original unit made battlefield cross mounted on wall with framed scroll below.
Inscription
Cross: CAPT T R COLYER FERGUSON VC/ 2ND NORTHAMPTON REGIMENT/ DIED OF WOUNDS JULY 31ST 1917 Scroll: BE THOU FAITHFUL UNTO DEATH/ AND I WILL GIVE THEE A CROWN OF LIFE/ TO THE MEMORY OF A BELOVED SON/ THOMAS RIVERSDALE/ COLYER FERGUSSON V.C./ 2ND LIEUTENANT ACTING CAPTAIN NORTHAMPTONSHIRE REGIMENT/ THIRD AND YOUNGEST SON OF THOMAS COLYER AND THE LATE BEATRICE/ STANLEY COLYER-FERGUSSON OF IGHTHAM MORE/ BORN 18TH FEBRUARY 1896. DIED 31ST JULY 1917/ HE WAS EDUCATED AT HARROW AND WHEN ABOUT TO ENTER ORIEL COLLEGE/ OXFORD THE GREAT EUROPEAN WAR BROKE OUT HE JOINED THE PUBLIC/ SCHOOLS BATTALION IN 1914. OBTAINED A COMMISSION IN NORTHAMPTON-/ SHIRE REGIMENT IN MARCH 1915. HE FELL AT BELLEWARDE IN THE/ 3RD BATTLE OF YPRES AFTER A BRILLIANT AND SUCCESFUL ATTACK IN/ WHICH HE LED HIS FEW MEN AGAINST GREAT ODDS AND PERSONALLY/ CAPTURED TWO MACHINE GUNS FOR WHICH HE WAS POSTHUMOUSLY/ AWARDED THE VICTORIA CROSS/ THE OFFICIAL REPORT OF THE ACTION CONCLUDES "THE CONDUCT OF/ THIS OFFICER FORMS AN AMAZING RECORD OF DASH, GALLANTRY/ AND SKILL FOR WHICH NO REWARD CAN BE TOO GREAT HAVING/ REGARD TO THE IMPORTNANCE OF THE POSITION WON"/ THEY SHALL GROW NOT OLD, AS WE THAT ARE LEFT GROW OLD:/ AGE SHALL NOT WEARY THEM NOR THE YEARS CONDEMN./ AT THE GOING DOWN OF THE SUN AND IN THE MORNING/ WE WILL REMEMBER THEM.
Inscription legible?
yes
Names on memorial
Fergusson, T R Colyer
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Commemorations
  • First World War (1914-1918)
    Total names on memorial: 1
    Served and returned: 0
    Died: 1
    Exact count: yes
    Information shown: surname, rank, date of death,regiment,place of death,forenames,manner of death, date of birth,relationships,occupation,additional,decorations
    Order of information: Undefined
  • VC or GC Recipients
    Total names on memorial: 1
    Served and returned: 0
    Died: 1
    Exact count: yes
    Information shown: rank, surname, date of death,regiment,place of death,forenames,place of birth,manner of death, date of birth,relationships,occupation,additional,decorations
    Order of information: Undefined
Components
  • Battlefield Cross or Marker
    Measurements: Undefined
    Materials: Wood
  • Scroll
    Measurements: Undefined
    Materials: Parchment
Listing information
Condition
History
PHOTOGRAPHS SHOW SCROLL HAS BEEN REPLACED AT SOME POINT BETWEEN ORIGINAL SURVEY (C 1990) AND RECENT SURVEY (2001). THE WORDING REMAINS IDENTICAL.
Trust fund/Scholarship
No
Purpose: Unknown or N/A
Sponsorship
Private
Responsibility
National Trust

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