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SECOND LIEUTENANT PERCY ERNEST CRADDOCK, 1896 – 13/11/1963

Formerly with Oxfordshire Yeomanry

Craddock, Percy Ernest
Regimental No. 2414
Rank Sergeant
Forename Percy Ernest
Surname Craddock
Regiment Oxfordshire Yeomanry

6912 SUPPLEMENT TO THE LONDON GAZETTE, 11 JUNE, 1918

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 The lorries made towards Amiens, and it appeared that the battered relics of the Brigade were being withdrawn.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
Rank: 2/Lt.
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.

Craddock,Percy Ernest

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Lance Corporal John Claridge

“On 12th September 1918 JOHN CLARIDGE was killed in action at Laventie near them same place as Lieutenant Tiddy two years earlier, and like Frank Jackson he has no known grave. His name is engraved on the Ploegsteert Memorial. John was probably the brother of William Claridge who had died in 1916 and he certainly attended Ascott school where as a little infant boy in 1896 unfortunately he had a fit but soon recovered and was sent home. He was also one of the Charlbury Flower Showentrants sponsored by Lady Margaret Watney. A Lance/Corporal in the 2nd/4th Battalion Oxfordshire and Buckinghamshire Light Infantry, the battalion had been inthe front line in August enduring gas attacks before moving south across the Frenchfrontier. Their advance continued and they reached Laventie on 11th September. During that month eight men died including John. LANCE/CORPORAL JOHN CLARIDGE 2nd/4th BATTALION OXFORDSHIRE AND BUCKINGHAMSHIRE LIGHT INFANTRY 11852. DIED IN ACTION 12TH SEPTEMBER 1918. He is commemorated on the Ploegsteert Memorial, Comines Warneton, Hainaut, Belgium. Panel 7. The Memorial commemorates 11,368 men who have no known grave andthe sounding of the Last Post takes place on the first Friday of every month at 7 p.m.”

Name: CLARIDGE, JOHN
Initials: J
Nationality: United Kingdom
Rank: Lance Corporal
Regiment/Service: Oxford and Bucks Light Infantry
Unit Text: 2nd/4th Bn.
Date of Death: 12/09/1918
Service No: 11852
Casualty Type: Commonwealth War Dead
Grave/Memorial Reference: Panel 7.
Memorial: PLOEGSTEERT MEMORIAL

Private Alfred George Eno

Name: Alfred George Eno
Residence: Aylesbury, Bucks
Death Date: 28 Feb 1917
Enlistment Location: Wolverton, Bucks
Rank: Private
Regiment: Oxfordshire and Buckinghamshire Light Infantry
Battalion: 2/4th Battalion.
Number: 203258
Type of Casualty: Killed in action

Name: ENO, ALFRED GEORGE
Initials: A G
Nationality: United Kingdom
Rank: Private
Regiment/Service: Oxford and Bucks Light Infantry
Unit Text: 2nd/4th Bn.
Date of Death: 28/02/1917
Service No: 203258
Casualty Type: Commonwealth War Dead
Grave/Memorial Reference: Pier and Face 10 A and 10 D.
Memorial: THIEPVAL MEMORIAL

From: http://www.roll-of-honour.com/Buckinghamshire/Wolverton.html

ENO, Alfred George
Private 203258, 2nd/4th Battalion, Oxfordshire & Buckinghamshire Light Infantry. Killed in action Wednesday 28th February 1917. Enlisted Aylesbury, resident Wolverton. Commemorated on THIEPVAL MEMORIAL, Somme, France. Pier and Face 10 A and 10 D

Private Arthur Dodd

Name: Arthur Dodd
Residence: Birmingham
Death Date: 22 Aug 1917
Enlistment Location: Edgbaston, Warwicks
Rank: Private
Regiment: Oxfordshire and Buckinghamshire Light Infantry
Battalion: 2/4th Battalion.
Number: 203858
Type of Casualty: Killed in action

Name: DODD, ARTHUR
Initials: A
Nationality: United Kingdom
Rank: Private
Regiment/Service: Oxford and Bucks Light Infantry
Unit Text: 2nd/4th Bn.
Date of Death: 22/08/1917
Service No: 203858
Casualty Type: Commonwealth War Dead
Grave/Memorial Reference: Panel 96 to 98.
Memorial: TYNE COT MEMORIAL

Please see:

The Attack on Pond Farm, 22nd August, 1917

The Attack On Pond Farm and Other Strong Posts, 21st -24th August 1917

Attack on Strongpoints, South East of St. Julian, 22nd August 1917

The Third Battle of Ypres (Passchendaele)

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