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Private William Frederick CRAWLEY, G/11768,  11th  Battalion, Queens Own Royal West Kent Regiment, killed in action, Flanders France, 7th June 1917, age 20.

Born, Penge, Kent, son of Frank Thomas and Annie Crawley, of 18 / 20 / 22, Blenheim Road, Penge, London.


1911 Census - 59 Vineleigh Road, Penge, Kent - Thomas Crawley, head, age 36, married, bricklayers labourer, born Penge, Surrey; Annie Crawley, wife, age 34, married 18 years, 7 children, all still alive, born Hardingham, Norfolk; Annie Crawley, daughter, age 17, single, general servant domestic, born Lambeth, Surrey; William Crawley, son, age 14, errand boy, born Bromley, Kent; Elizabeth Crawley, daughter, age 12, school, born Penge, Surrey; Ethel Caroline Crawley, daughter, age 10, school, born Penge, Surrey; Rose Annie Crawley, daughter, age 6, school, born Penge, Surrey; Thomas Henry Crawley, son, age 5, school, born Penge, Surrey; Selina May Crawley, daughter, age 2, born Penge, Surrey.


Enlisted Bromley, Kent, age 19 years & 1 month, height 5ft 5 inches, 103lbs. Resided 22, Blenheim Road, Penge, London. Formerly dental mechanic.

Separation Allowance of 8/6 a week & Allotment of Pay of 3/6 a week paid to mother.

7th December 1915, enlisted; 8th December 1915, to Army Reserve; 21st January 1916, mobilized; 22nd January 1916, posted 3rd Battalion, Royal West Kent Regiment; 2nd July 1916, posted BEF; 2nd July 1916, embarked; 13th July 1916, posted 7th Battalion, Royal West Kent Regiment; 21st August 1916, Boulogne, to Base unfit ex 1 Convalescent Depot; 23rd August 1916, Etaples, 40 Infantry Base Depot; 9th November 1916, hernia, to Hospital Ship Stad Antwerpen, ex 24 General hospital, Etaples; 13th January 1917, posted 3rd Battalion, Royal West Kent Regiment; 3rd March 1917, posted 1st battalion, Royal West Kent Regiment.

25th August 1919, Statement of Relatives - Father, Frank Thomas Crawley, 22, Blenheim Road, Penge; Mother, Annie Crawley, 22, Blenheim Road, Penge; Brothers - Thomas Crawley, age 14, 22, Blenheim Road, Penge; George Crawley, age 7, 22, Blenheim Road, Penge; Morris? Crawley, age 3, 22, Blenheim Road, Penge; Sisters - Annie Crawley, age 25, 22, Blenheim Road, Penge; Elizabeth Crawley, age 21, 22, Blenheim Road, Penge; Ethel Crawley, age 17, 22, Blenheim Road, Penge; Selina Crawley, age 10, 22, Blenheim Road, Penge.

Buried at Chester Farm Cemetery, I. K. 32., Ieper, West-Vlaanderen, Belgium.

NOTE : Regimental History & Soldiers Died in the Great War show Service No. as G/11768; CWGC website show it as 11366.


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