Arthur Harry Cragg (1894-1915)

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Huddersfield's Roll of Honour: 1914-1922

The following extract is from Huddersfield's Roll of Honour: 1914-1922 (2014) by J. Margaret Stansfield:

CRAGG, ARTHUR HARRY. Private. No 2794. 1/5th Battalion Duke of Wellington's Regiment. Born Newton Moor, Cheshire, 28.6.1894. Son of Captain Arthur Robinson and Annie Cragg of Rio de Janeiro, Brazil. Educated at Eaton Lodge School and Almondbury Grammar School. Employed as an apprentice at Huddersfield Corporation Electricity Works. At the time of enlistment, was living at 'Wyngarth', Park Drive, Huddersfield. Single. Enlisted September 1914. Embarked for France April, 1915. His father had spent a number of years in Brazil and arrived in England just one hour after his son's troopship had sailed for France. Killed in action, 15.5.1915, aged 20 years. Buried RUE-DAVID MILITARY CEMETERY, FLEURBAIX. Grave location:- Plot 1, Row B, Grave 19.
His parents received a letter from Major Gilbert P. Norton of the 6th Battalion Duke of Wellington's Regiment, who wrote, 'You will have heard from his Platoon Commander that your son was killed in action on the 15th inst. by a high explosive shell whilst the Germans were bombarding our trenches. He lived for a short time after receiving his wound but the injuries were of such a nature that he could not have suffered any pain and he never regained consciousness. I know that nothing one can say will help to make your loss any lighter but you will like to know that he was very highly thought of by his Officers and his comrades and is a great loss to us all. During the time we were raising 250 recruits in Huddersfield he worked like a slave, filling in forms for recruits and the work could never have been got through without him. It was the same all the time he was a soldier, always willing and always cheerful. I trust you will find some consolation in remembering that he answered the call of his country at a time when she was fighting for her existence and that he died in helping to save Britain from the frightfulness of the German barbarian. He is buried not far behind the trenches and his grave is marked with a neat white cross. His comrades made a wreath of wild flowers and placed it on the grave.'
ROH:- Holy Trinity Church, Huddersfield; Almondbury Grammar School; Huddersfield Drill Hall; Huddersfield Corporation Roll.

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