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Long Bennington, Lincolnshire
He was the son of Joseph and Jane Cragg of Valley Cottage Cotham near Newark. Born First Quarter 1891 On 1891 Census he is living with his parents and siblings - John Edward, Annie Elizabeth and George – at Bedlam Row, Long Bennington. His father is listed as a platelayer for Great Northern Railway On 1901 Census he is living with his parents and siblings - John Edward, Annie Elizabeth, George, Joseph and Robert - at Asherton Hill, Long Bennington. His father is listed as a railway platelayer On 1911 Census his parents, and John Edward, George and Robert are shown as living at Valley Lane Cottages, Cotham near Newark. His father is listed as a railway platelayer. Tom not is not listed.
12 Mar 1919
28
476104 - CWGC Website
275599
It has not been possible to confirm his address to the 1911 Census
Private
Enlisted 11th November 1914 Served with 2nd/1st Nottinghamshire Yeomanry Renumbered 275599 in 1917 Transferred to 1st Worcestershire Yeomanry (Queen’s Own Worcestershire Hussars) Entered theatre June 1917 1st Worcestershire Yeomanry took part in the last cavalry charge on guns in British military history, the Charge at Huj, in November 1917 Died 12th March 1919 of small pox at No. 21 General Hospital, Alexandria Buried Alexandria (Hadra) War Memorial Cemetery Row C Grave 204
Grantham Journal (29th March 1919) OUR HEROES Trooper T. W. CRAGG, of Long Bennington. We regret to record the death of Trooper T. W. Cragg, No. 275599, 1st Worcester Yeomanry, Egyptian Expeditionary Force, who succumbed to small-pox, on March 14th 1919, at No. 21 General Hospital, Alexandria, Egypt. A wave of sorrow passed over the village on the receipt of the sad news-his happy disposition had endeared him to all-and much sympathy is felt for his sorrowing parents, Mr. and Mrs. Joseph Cragg. The deceased, who was 28 years of age, enlisted on November 11th, 1914, was trained at Retford, Swaffham, Brentwood, and Salisbury Plain was drafted overseas in June, 1917, and saw active service in Egypt and Palestine. In a letter to his parents, dated March 2nd, 1919, he said he was in excellent health, but on March 13th a cable was received that he was dangerously ill, and, later, the sad news came from the Record Office, York, that he had passed away on March 14th. Before enlistment he was in the employ of Mr. Charles Ablewhite, grocer, Long Bennington, who held him in highest esteem. He is the third of Mr. Ablewhite’s assistants to make the supreme sacrifice. NB Date of death in article does not tally with that officially quoted. After Tom joined, the regiment took part in the following actions: Third Battle of Gaza Battle of Beersheba (31st October 1917) El Maghar (13th and 14th November 1917) Defence against counter-attacks before Jerusalem (27th November – 3rd December 1917) Second Trans-Jordan Raid (30th April – 4th May 1918) The Final Offensive Battle of Samakh (25th September 1918) Capture of Damascus (1st October 1918) Whilst his Medal Roll only shows overseas service with the Worcestershire Yeomanry, although he has a Sherwood Rangers renumber, the CWGC headstone schedule and cemetery register list him as Sherwood Rangers
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    Alexandria (Hadra) War Memorial Cemetery - Photo courtesy of John Beech