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  • Kegworth War Memorial, St Andrew's Church, Leicestershire. Photograph Rachel Farrand (August 2015)
Person Details
Nottingham
James Robert ('Bertie') was born in 1880 (registered J/A/S), the son of James and Annie Crane who had four children; Beatrice, Florence, James and Noel. His father was a lace designer and draughtsman (employer) and in 1891 the family lived at 71 Noel Street, Nottingham. By 1901 the family was living at 426 Radford Road, Nottingham. All four children were at home on the night of the census: Beatrice (25), James Robert (20) a veterinary surgeon and Noel (17) who was a lace curtain designer, presumably working in his father's firm, and their married sister Florence Haylock (24) with her son, Eric (3 months). Also in the household was a general domestic servant, Mary Street (18). James Robert married Gertrude Coleman Healey in 1908 (A/M/J, registered Basford) and they had two children, Barbara (b. 1909, Helston, Cornwall) and Robert (b. 1911, Nottingham). In 1911 James was living at The Cottage, Kegworth, Derbyshire. In the household was his one-year old daughter, Barbara, and Sarah Elizabeth Walker (26) who was described as a visitor but whose occupation was domestic servant. James' wife and their son Robert (under 1 month) were at his parents home at 426 Radford Road, Nottingham, on the night of the census. It is possible that Sarah Walker was employed temporarily by James and Gertrude to assist in the home and with their two infant children. At the time of James' death in 1918 the family was living at 188 Burford Road, Nottingham. His father, James, died on 2 April 1916 aged 62 years and his younger brother, Noel, died the following year on 25 October 1917 aged 33 years. His mother died on 15 April 1936 aged 81 years.
James was educated at the Nottingham High School. He was a veterinary surgeon graduating from London Veterinary College on 21 December 1906.
08 May 1918
37
2750264 - CWGC Website
Captain
Army Veterinary Corps
He died from disease in the 3rd London General Hospital, Wandsworth, and was buried in Nottingham Church (Rock) Cemetery (St. Paul's. 9367).
He is also commemorated on Kegworth War Memorial. Nottingham Post notice (abridged), 9 May 1918: 'Crane. On May 8th, Captain James Robert (Bertie) Crane, veterinary surgeon, Kegworth, eldest son of the late James Crane, Vine Cottage, Radford Road. Interned Church Cemetery.' Probate: Crane James Robert of 188 Burford-road Nottingham captain in His Majesty’s Army died 8 May 1918 at the 3rd London General Hospital Wandsworth Probate Nottingham 7 August to Gertrude Crane widow. Effects £919 17s. 6d. RCVS obituaries: VR (1918) vol. 30 (1544) p.332 and VR (1918) vol. 30 (1545), p.344. Inscription gravestone, Nottingham Church (Rock) Cemetery: 'In loving memory of James Crane who died April 2nd 1916 aged 62 years. Also of Capt. James Robert (Bertie) Crane RCCVS son of the above who died May 8th 1918 aged 37 years. Also of Noel son of James Crane who died October 25th 1917 aged 33 years. Also of Annie, wife of James Crane who died April 15th 1936 aged 81 years'
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  • Kegworth War Memorial, St Andrew's Church, Leicestershire. Photograph Rachel Farrand (August 2015)
    James Robert Crane - Kegworth War Memorial, St Andrew's Church, Leicestershire. Photograph Rachel Farrand (August 2015)
  • Grave, Nottingham Church (Rock) Cemetery. Photograph Rachel Farrand (April 2017)
    James Robert Crane - Grave, Nottingham Church (Rock) Cemetery. Photograph Rachel Farrand (April 2017)
  • Grave, Nottingham Church (Rock) Cemetery. Photograph Rachel Farrand (April 2017)
    James Robert Crane - Grave, Nottingham Church (Rock) Cemetery. Photograph Rachel Farrand (April 2017)