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Clive Lane Crauford
Male 1919 - 2008



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  • Birth  1919  London Find all individuals with events at this location   [1
    Gender  Male 
    Military Service  1944  France Find all individuals with events at this location   |  WWII / Lieutenant (temporary Captain) (acting Major): 2nd Btn The East Yorkshire Regiment (The Duke of York's Own)  [2
    Military Award  21 Dec 1944  Touffreville, Caen, France Find all individuals with events at this location   |  Military Cross  [3
    Died  Jan 2008 
    Person ID  I919  Extended Craxford Family | The Craxfords of London - including Crauford - not yet attached to the main trunk
    Last Modified  5 May 2012 

    Father  William Harold Craxford,   b. 9 Nov 1884, Shoreditch, London Find all individuals with events at this location,   d. 23 Sep 1954, Southwark, London Find all individuals with events at this location 
    Mother  Phyllis Maud Prince,   b. Abt Aug 1893, Muswell Hill, London Find all individuals with events at this location,   d. Jan 1996, Haringey, London Find all individuals with events at this location 
    Married  6 Nov 1915  Christ Church, Woburn Square, Bloomsbury, London Find all individuals with events at this location
    Witnesses  6 Nov 1915  F.H.Prince (her father); L.G.Crauford (his brother)
    BMD Certificates
    MC: Craxford, William Harold Lane (1915) to Phyllis Maud Prince
    MC: Craxford, William Harold Lane (1915) to Phyllis Maud Prince
    The Crauford spelling of the name in this branch of the family persists
    Family ID  F243  Group Sheet

    Family  Margaret Till,   b. 1921, Hull, East Yorkshire Find all individuals with events at this location,   d. Yes, date unknown 
    Married  1 Apr 1941  Holderness, East Yorkshire Find all individuals with events at this location   [4
    Children 
     1. Living
     2. Living
     3. Living
    Newspaper Cuttings
    Clive Lane Crauford married Margaret Till
    Clive Lane Crauford married Margaret Till
    Newspaper cutting from the Hull Daily Mail, Wednesday April 2nd 1941
    Last Modified  5 May 2012 
    Family ID  F480  Group Sheet

  • Event Map
    Event
    Link to Google MapsBirth - 1919 - London Link to Google Earth
    Link to Google MapsMarried - 1 Apr 1941 - Holderness, East Yorkshire Link to Google Earth
    Link to Google MapsMilitary Service - WWII / Lieutenant (temporary Captain) (acting Major): 2nd Btn The East Yorkshire Regiment (The Duke of York's Own) - 1944 - France Link to Google Earth
    Link to Google MapsMilitary Award - Military Cross - 21 Dec 1944 - Touffreville, Caen, France Link to Google Earth
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    Military Cross
    Military Cross
    There was no gallantry award, lesser than the VC and DSO, for junior officers and warrent officers until shortly after the outbreak of the First World War when the MC was instituted. Originally awarded to captains, lieutentants and warrent officers of the Army (including the RFC), it was subsequently extended to include equivalent ranks of the RAF when performing acts of bravery on the ground and there was even provision for the Royal Naval Division and the Royal Marines during the First World War. Awards were extended to majors by an amending warrent of 1931. As a result of the 1993 Review of gallantry awards and resultant changes to the operational gallantry award system, this award is now available to both officers and other ranks, the Military Medal having been discontinued.
    Courtesy of Sarah Jane Medals
    Citation for Military Cross
    Citation for Military Cross
    The citation reads: "During the attack on TOUFFREVILLE on 18 Jul this officer commanded his company during the absence of his company commander. When the leading company was held up by intense MG fire from a position on the right flank, this officer led his company in a flank attack on a heavily defended and dug-in enemy position. With complete disregard for his own personal safety, and encouraging his men by his actions, he personally led his company in to close quarters with the enemy enabling them to be bayoneted and grenaded from their positions. As a result of this action 20 enemy were killed and 60 taken prisoner.
    The whole success of the final operation depended on the speed with which this action was carried out and this was done mainly as a result of his gallant leadership.
    His company was then ordered to attack TOUFFREVILLE from a flank and once again under heavy MG fire and Mortar fire he led his company personally in the final assault. Again his example was of such a high standard that despite heavy losses the objective was taken, On reaching the village he immediately reorganised his company and cleared it of the enemy by leading his men personally against many hidded snipers.
    His example and complete disregard for personal safety was outstanding."
    SIGNED: B.L. Montgomery
    Field Marshall, Commander in Chief, 21 Army Group
    National Archives - WO 373/49

  • Sources 
    1. [S4] England and Wales, Civil Registration Index: 1837-1983, Edmonton 3a 577 (JFM 1919) (Reliability: 3).

    2. [S304] The London Gazette, Supplement page 5856 December 21st 1944 (Reliability: 4).

    3. [S303] The National Archives, Item details WO 373/49/683 (Reliability: 3).

    4. [S4] England and Wales, Civil Registration Index: 1837-1983, Holderness 9d 369 (AMJ 1941) (Reliability: 3).


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