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Memorial details

Memorial type
Battlefield cross or marker
District
North Cornwall
Town
St Eval
County
Cornwall
Country
England
Commemoration
Non-Combat Deaths
Ceremony
  • Presented
    Date: 19-12-1958
    Attended by: UNKNOWN
  • Rededicated
    Date: 06-12-2008
    Attended by: Local Clergy/Dignitaries/Relatives of the Crew
  • Presented
    Date: 14-09-1971
    Attended by: UNKNOWN
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Lost
Not lost
WM Reference
9250

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Current location

On a wall between two windows
St Eval Church
St Eval
North Cornwall
Cornwall
PL27 7UG
England

OS Grid Ref: SW 87198 69180
Denomination: Church of England

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Previous locations
  • The cross marked the original grave of a crew member of the Shackleton which crashed off the island
    one of the Spratly Islands in the South China Sea north of Borneo. The body was later identified as that of Flight Sgt David H G N Dancy DFC
    the flight engineer.
    Sin Cowe Island

    OS Grid Ref: Undefined
    Denomination: Undefined
  • Monted in concrete and bolted in the ground
    adjacent to the east wall of the church.
    St Georges Church RAF Changi

    OS Grid Ref: Undefined
    Denomination: Church of England
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Description
Plain wooden cross with a squadron crest below and framed text. RAF emblem and tailplane cross piece on cross. On reverse of cross is the date and time of the crash as written at the time by a local fisherman who witnessed the aircraft's crash and recovered the one body.
Inscription
CROSS: B205. Reverse of cross: 9 DEC 1958/ 13h 55m TIME Tablet on sill of window to right of cross commemorates the names of all the victims of the crash. REPORT SIMPLY STATES "CRASHED PLANE. NOT WARTIME." FRAMED TEXT BELOW CROSS.
Inscription legible?
yes
Commemorations
  • Non-Combat Deaths
    Total names on memorial: 11
    Served and returned: 0
    Died: 11
    Exact count: yes
    Information shown: surname, rank, forename
    Order of information: Undefined
Components
  • Tablet
    Measurements: Undefined
    Materials: Unknown
  • Frame
    Measurements: Undefined
    Materials: Wood, Glass
  • Battlefield Cross or Marker
    Measurements: Undefined
    Materials: Wood
Listing information
Condition
Trust fund/Scholarship
No
Purpose: Unknown or N/A
Reference
  • St Eval Parish Publication: The Story behind the Cross, media.acny.uk/media/venues/page/attachment/2022/06/cross.pdf, accessed 15 June 2023
  • Intercom 76/Summer 2000 72/Autumn 2000 71/Summer 2001 Published:Air Crew Association
  • BRITAIN'S AVIATION MEMORIALS & MEMENTOES by SMITH, DAVID J 113/ 1992 Source: Image Library IWM Published:PATRICK STEPHENS LIMITED 1992 SPARKFORD

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