Malvern College First World War Casualty

Major Gerald Shakespear Crawford

Photo of Gerald Shakespear Crawford
House and time at Malvern: No 1, 1895 - 1898.

Regiment: South Wales Borderers.
Died: 10 August 1917 aged 38 in Belgium. Died of wounds.
Battle: Third Battle of Ypres (Passchendaele). Cemetery: Lijssenthoek Military Cemetery XV A 13

Born on 1st October 1879 in London, the 2nd son of Richard Irvine Crawford, a retired Colonel from the Indian Staff Corps, and his wife, Clara, 53 Margaret Street, W. b. 1879.
Upper IV—Modern I. School Prefect. XXII Football; XL Cricket.
Pembroke College, Oxford ; B.A. 1902 ;
Assistant Master, Cothill House School, 1905 ; Parkside, Epsom, 1906.
Great War, Private Public Schools Batt. 1914 ; Captain 6th Bn. South Wales Borderers.

'He enlisted at the outbreak of the war in the Public Schools Battalion, and in November, 1914, he received a temporary commission as Captain in the South Wales Borderers. He served uninterruptedly with his battalion till the middle of July, 1916, when he was promoted Major and attached to the North Staffordshire Regiment as second in command. He was wounded in the same month and invalided home. He returned to the front on July 21st. 1917, and was attached to another battalion of the South Wales Borderers. On August l0th, while engaged in reconnoitring work, he was twice wounded by shell and died the same day.' (Malvernian, Nov 1917).

Address: 69 Linden Gardens, Bayswater formerly of 28 De Vere Gardens, Kensington
Joined in Sept 1914
Captain in the 5th South Wales Borderers (Pioneers) until 15th July 1916 when he was given majority and sent as 2nd in Command to the 8th North Stafforshire Regt.
On the 21st July 1916 he was wounded by a shell at Bazentin-le-Petit.
On 2nd July 1917, medical board stated he was now fit for general service after suffering from a G.S.W. Scapular region, psoriasis (due to sepsis) and colitis.
On the 3rd August 1917, during the battle of Passchendaele, the War diary stated the conditions were terrible with heavy rain and mud thigh deep and there many casualties.
On the 4th August 1917, it was stated that their medium artillery was falling behind their front line. There were 4 killed in action, and 8 wounded.
There were further casualties every day when on the 10th August, with C.T. south of Westhoek, and D Coy holding Gordon House to Menin Road, Major Crawford was wounded in action along with 22 men.
Major Crawford died from his wounds the following day.

Widow: Clara Anne Crawford

Service record: WO 339/13455

6 Battalion South Wales Borderers (Pioneers): WO 95/2238/2
Lijssenthoek Pembroke Collge

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