Regiment : 9th Battalion North Staffordshire Regiment
Service number : 12320
Conflict : WW1
Date of death : 21st May 1918 aged 23
Buried : St Sever Cemetery Extension, Rouen, France, Grave Q. III. N. 1.
Relatives : Son of Arthur Crawford, of Fleetwood, Staple Hill, Lickey End, Bromsgrove, Worcestershire
Memorial : Bromsgrove All Saints Church WW1 Memorial
Also appears on : Catshill War Memorial. Austin Motor Company WW1 Roll of Honour No 1 now in Northfield Royal British Legion Club under Workpeople. Austin Motor Company WW1 Roll of Honour No 2 now in Northfield Royal British Legion Club under Workpeople.
Credits : Researched by Andy Frisby.
Arthur William Crawford was born at Bromsgrove in 1895 the son of Arthur and Ellen Crawford nee Liddal.
Arthur was a farm labourer and the couple had at 8 children including:-
Beatrice May Crawford born 1892.
Alice Hannah Crawford born 1894.
Arthur William Crawford born 1895.
Enoch Crawford born 1896.
Harold Crawford born 1905.
Ellen Crawford born 1907.
Frank Crawford born 1908.
The family resided at Fleetwood, Staple Hill, Bromsgrove.
Arthur junior was a farm labourer who subsequently worked at the Austin Motor Company. He enlisted at Birmingham in September 1914 and went to France on 28th July 1915.
Taken from the Bromsgrove Droitwich and Redditch Messenger dated 1st June 1918:
Mr A Crawford, Fleetwood, Staple Hill, received a telegram last week stating that his son, 12320, Private A Crawford, North Staffs Regiment, died on May 21st in hospital in Rouen. It had previously been reported that deceased was suffering from gas poisoning. Deceased was aged 24, and unmarried. Before the war he was employed at the Motor Works at Longbridge and joined up in September 1914. He had been on active service since the autumn of that year, and until he was gassed, had come through the campaign without mishap. The report includes a photograph of Arthur Crawford.
His brother, Enoch Crawford, 32328, 8th battalion Gloucestershire Regiment, was killed in action on 25th August 1918.