SECOND LIEUTENANT PERCY ERNEST CRADDOCK, 1896 – 13/11/1963
Formerly with Oxfordshire Yeomanry
Craddock, Percy Ernest
Regimental No. 2414
Forename Percy Ernest
Regiment Oxfordshire Yeomanry
War Office, 11th June, 1918. REGULAR FORCES.
The undermentioned cadets to be temp. 2nd Lts. 29 May 1918:—
Oxf. do Bucks. L.I.—Percy Ernest Craddock.
From The Story of the 2/4th Oxfordshire and Buckinghamshire Light Infantry, by Captain G. K. Rose M.C. (Oxford: B.H. Blackwell, 1920)
Suddenly moved at midnight of March 27/28 by lorries. The lorries made towards Amiens, and it appeared that the battered relics of the Brigade were being withdrawn. The belief was disappointed. At Villers Bretonneux Bennett received orders from a staff officer to go to Marcelçave, where the 61st Division was being concentrated for a counter-attack at dawn against the village of La Motte. In the darkness the route was missed and the convoy drove straight into our front line. Marcelçave was reached eventually, but so late that a dawn attack was impossible. At 10 a.m. on March 28 the forlorn enterprise, in which the 183rd Brigade, the Gloucesters, and the Berks shared, was launched from the station yard. The troops were footsore, sleepless, and unfed. They were mostly men from regimental employ–pioneers, clerks, storemen—to send whom forward across strange country to drive the enemy from the village he had seized on the important Amiens-St. Quentin road was a mockery. Such efforts at counter-attack resulted in more and more ground being lost. Still, the men staggered forward bravely, to come almost at once under fierce enfilade machine-gun fire. The losses were heavy. Craddock, a young officer now serving under Bennett, moved about among the men, encouraging them by his example of coolness and gallantry.
UK, British Officer Prisoners of War, 1914-1918 about P E Craddock
Name: P E Craddock
Regiment: 4th Battalion. Oxfordshire and Buckinghamshire Lig
Date Missing: 29 Sep 1918
Repatriation Date: 29 Nov 1918
Record Number: 2921
Section: Western Theatre of Operations.