Crane, Charles H

Dates: 1886-1919

War Service: Charles H Crane served as a Driver with the 4th Division Ammunition Column Royal Field Artillery and his service number was 34969. He died on 26th April 1919 aged 32.

Location of Memorial:He is buried in Brockley cemetery, where his name is recorded on the screen wall listing those whose graves have no headstone.

Details: Charles Crane was born between April and June 1886 to George and Clara Crane. He had three brothers; James, William and Edward, and two sisters; Clara and Annie.

Charles originally enlisted in the army on 26th August 1904 and was discharged 26th August 1908.

He married Charlotte Fruin on 29th November 1908 at St Nicholas' Church, Deptford. At this time he was living at 71 Napier Street and his father, George William Crane, was employed as a farrier.

In 1911 Charles was recorded living at 32 Corston Street, Deptford with his wife Charlotte and their children, Charles and Edward. Also living there is William Crane who is described as a boarder but the census record does not record whether they were related. At this time Charles was employed as a shunter with South eastern Railways.

Charles and Charlotte also had a daughter, Rose Mary, born 1913.

He re-enlisted into the army on 5th August 1914 and was discharged 9th November 1918 due to being no longer physically fit for active service. At the time of his re-enlistment he was described as being 5 ft 5 ½ inches tall and weighing 130lbs with brown eyes, black hair and a dark complexion.


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