CRANN, Godfrey Herbert

No.328067, Private, Godfrey CRANN
Aged 20

1st Battalion, Cambridgeshire Regiment
formerly No.6743, Cambridgeshire Regiment
Killed in Action
on Tuesday, 31st July 1917

Godfrey Herbert Crann was born in Peckham in 1897,( Greenwich Q3-1897 1D:1131), son of Alfred John and Ellen CRANN (née KING).

1901 census...Aged 3, he was at 1 Rutts Terrace, St Paul Deptford, Greenwich with his father Alfred John CRANN [33] timekeeper (printers) born Peckham; his mother Ellen [34] born Harrogate, Yorkshire, brothers (Alfred)Willie [6] and George [5] both born in Peckham.

1911 census...Aged 13, he was 1 Rutts Terrace, Dennetts Rd, Queens Road, New Cross, Peckham, with his parents (father now a publican - out of business) and brother Alfred William (machine minder) and brother George (stereotyper).

Sometime between the 1911 census and George's death the family moved to the "Royal Oak" at Lidgate. The Royal Oak, originally the "White Hart" is a grade 2 listed building is now Oak House on Front Street, at the junction with Bury Lane. His father died in 1922 and he mother was later at 3 Loxton Road, Forest Hill, London.

His elder brother George died in France in 1915 see here

Royal Oak, Lidgate, with Godfrey's father Alfred in doorway
photo is the cover of "Happy Lidgate" by Anthony Foreman to whom also thanks for the photos of Godfrey

Godfrey "at home" with a couple of pals

photo: thanks to Anthony Foreman

He enlisted in Peckham.
The 3rd Battle of Ypres (31st July -10th November 1917) became better known as Passchendaele, a filthy wet, muddy campaign fought nearly as much against the weather as the enemy In the fighting for Border House, St Julien, (just north east of Ypres) two platoons of 'C' Company held off German counter attacks against 118th Brigade, 39th Division, while the remnants of the attacking battalions fell back and consolidated on the Steenebeke. St Julien was captured this day.
CWGC records 65 of the battalion killed, only 9 with known graves.

photo: Commonwealth War Graves Commission

Godfrey Crann is commemorated on the Menin Gate, Ypres, panels 50,52

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