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October 1917: Crawford Cunningham Gadsden: A life, a sacrifice….

History / Sat 21st Oct 2017 at 09:29am

Crawford

AS part of our tribute to the Harlow men who gave their lives in Harlow in the First World War, we focus on the life of Crawford Cunningham Gadsden.

Thanks to the publishers of the War memorials and war graves in Harlow.

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Crawford’s parents were William Burchell Gadsden and Sara Jean W Cunningham. Crawford was born in Harlow on April 7th 1897.

The 1901 census shows Crawford residing in Bury Road, Harlow. His father was a drapery traveller. He had a sister called Marie and a brother called William.

Th family also had a domestic servant, a local girl called Rosa Stracey.

Lieutenant Crawford Cunningham Gadsden enlisted and served in The 1st/4th Battalion of The Royal West Surrey Regiment.

Crawford died of his wounds on October 16th 1917 at the age of 20 and is buried in The Longuenesse (St Omer) Souvenir Cemetery, France, Plot 4, Row E, Grave 50. Register Index No Fr.134.

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