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Coleshill Remembers World War 1

As a free service to the World War 1 commemoration year, ST-IT Limited have created and are hosting a free database of Coleshill connected veterans.

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Entry for Captain Alexander Crawford


Surname

Crawford


Forenames

Alexander Basil

Rank

Captain

Unit/Regiment

Lincolnshire Regiment and 17th West Yorkshire Regiment

Year of Birth

1891

Date of Death

10/5/1916

Notes

Commemorated on the Coleshill Grammar School Memorial, Alexander Basil Crawford was born in Coleshill on 24th May 1891. His parents were Dr Alexander David Crawford (a medical practitioner) and Etty. In 1901 the family lived at 64 High Street, Coleshill. Alexander attended the King Edward’s School, Birmingham, and Coleshill Grammar School. He was a talented cricketer, both as a right-handed batsman and a right-arm fast-medium bowler, playing at county level for both Warwickshire and Nottinghamshire during 1911-1912. By this time the family had moved to Skegby, Nottinghamshire, and Alexander was working as an articled solicitor’s clerk. Private Crawford enlisted in the Lincolnshire Regiment (service number 2432) and first served in France on 31st January 1916. He was transferred to the 17th West Yorkshire regiment where he was made Captain. Captain Crawford was killed in action on the 10th May 1916 in the Neuve Chapelle-Ferme du Bois Sector. The Divisional History for the 10th May 1916 reads “A few quiet days followed, during which Captain A B Crawford and Captain G S de Williams were unfortunately killed in the line by shell burst.” Captain Crawford is buried in the St Vaast Post Military Cemetery, Richebourg-L’avoue, France. He was awarded the Victory and British medals.
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