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  • Commonwealth War Graves Commission headstone marking the grave, Manitoba Cemetery, Caix, Somme, France. Photograph courtesy of Steve.N and the findagrave website.
Person Details
27 May 1891
Balderton, Nottinghamshire
Francis Mark Cragg, known as Frank, was born on 27th May 1891 at Balderton and was the son of John, an engine driver trackman, and Mary Ann Cragg (née Smith) of Sunnyside, Hawton Lane, Balderton. His father John was born in 1858 at Dry Doddington, Lincolnshire, and his mother Mary Ann Smith was born in 1865 at Ferlby, Lincolnshire. They were married in 1885; the marriage was recorded in the Southwell registration district. They went on to have the following children: John Henry b1886 Cotham, Joseph Edward b1889 Balderton, Francis Mark b1891 Balderton, Daisy Mary b1894 Balderton and Cecil Bertram Cragg b1894 Hawton. In the 1911 census the family are living at Cotham village and are shown as John Cragg 53 yrs, an engine driver/trackman, who is living with his wife Mary Ann 46 yrs and their children Frank 20 yrs a horseman on a farm, Daisy Mary 17 yrs no occupation listed and Bertram 13 yrs a scholar. Francis Mark emigrated to Canada in 1913 and enlisted in the Canadian Infantry in 1916. His brother Bertram served with the 2nd South Wales Borderers; he was wounded in August 1918 and medically evacuated to a hospital in England. His brother Joseph also served. Both survived the war.
Horseman (1911 Census). He was working as a steam engineer in 1916 when he enlisted.
09 Aug 1918
27
616669 - CWGC Website
892270
Private
8th Bn Canadian Infantry
Francis Mark Cragg enlisted on 27th April 1916 at Winnipeg, Manitoba, Canada. He gave his age as 24 yrs and 11 months and stated he lived at Kerrobert, Saskatchewan, Canada. He was a steam engineer and his next of kin was his father, John Cragg, of Cotham, near Newark, Nottinghamshire. He came to England in April 1917 and went to France in August 1917. He suffered from gas poisoning. Francis was killed in action the following year on 9th August 1918 and was buried at Manitoba Cemetery, Caix, Somme, France (grave ref. D.4).
CWGC headstone personal inscription: 'Faithful unto death' Article published in the Newark Advertiser 11th September 1918 :- 'Son of John & Mary Anne Cragg, Bowbridge, New Balderton and late of Cotham. Enlisted at Winnipeg on the 27th April 1916, having been in Canada for three years. Came over to England in April 1917 and went to France in August. After only five days in the trenches he was gassed, but not lucky enough to be sent back home. Had been doing well and gained a Sergeant’s certificate. Youngest brother, Pte Bertram Cragg (2nd South Wales Borderers) was wounded on Aug. 26th and is now in Canterbury hospital. A third son Joseph, is also serving.'
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  • Commonwealth War Graves Commission headstone marking the grave, Manitoba Cemetery, Caix, Somme, France. Photograph courtesy of Steve.N and the findagrave website.
    Francis Mark Cragg - Commonwealth War Graves Commission headstone marking the grave, Manitoba Cemetery, Caix, Somme, France. Photograph courtesy of Steve.N and the findagrave website.