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Private Arthur Sydney Crawford

 

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Arthur Sidney Crawford, an apprentice cabinet maker, was born on 28 March 1894 at Mount Merrion, Roebuck, Dublin, son of land steward Hugh Crawford and his wife Jane (nee Morris).

He enlisted in the North Irish Horse at Belfast in November 1914 (No.1345) and left for France a year later with F Squadron.

In June 1916 F Squadron joined C Squadron and the 6th Inniskilling Dragoons (Service Squadron) to form the 2nd North Irish Horse Regiment. On 20 September 1917 Crawford was transferred to the 9th (NIH) Battalion, Royal Irish Fusiliers (No.41485), when the 2nd Regiment was dismounted and absorbed into that battalion. He was posted to A Company.

Private Crawford was killed in action between 21 and 28 March 1918 during the retreat from St Quentin in the German ‘Kaiserschlacht’ offensive, aged 23. Having no known grave, he is commemorated at Pozieres Memorial, panel 77. It is possible that his body is one of two unidentified North Irish Horsemen who lie in the Grand Seraucourt British Cemetery.

 

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