Malvern College First World War Casualty

Captain Thomas Horsfall Crofton MC

Photo of Thomas Horsfall Crofton
House and time at Malvern: No 1, 1904 - 1908.

Regiment: Connaught Rangers.
Died: 21 March 1918 aged 29 in France. Killed in action.
Battle: German Spring Offensive. Cemetery: Pozieres Memorial P 77

Son of Sir Malby Crofton, 3rd Bart., and Lady Crofton, of Longford House, Ballisodare, Co. Sligo.
Middle IV—Modern I. School Prefect. XL Football; House XI Cricket.
Trinity College, Dublin ; B.A., B.E..
In British Columbia.
Great War, Private Canadian Highlanders 1914 ; Captain 3rd Bn. attd. 6th Bn. Connaught Rangers.

'A kindly, unassuming nature, and a quick perception of duty were marked characteristics in him, and the following account from The Times proves that he served his country with that keen loyalty he had shown for his School and House: "Captain Thomas Horsfall Crofton, M.C., Connaught Rangers, killed on March 21st, graduated as an engineer at Trinity College, Dublin. He afterwards went out to British Columbia, and directly war was declared he enlisted there as a Private in a Canadian Highlander battalion, and came to England with them; but early in 1915 he obtained a commission in the Connaught Rangers, his local regiment in Ireland. He earned a "parchment" and a Military Cross by his recent conduct at the front." ' (Malvernian, Jun 1918).
Detailed Biography at Connaught Ranger Association website

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