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Nottingham
Father: Robert Crackle, born in 1848 at Nottingham and working as an iron founder. Mother: Eliza Crackle, born in 1847. Brothers: Charles, born in 1870 and working as a general labourer, Robert, born in 1876 and working as a mineral works cater, before becoming a general labourer and Albert, born in 1883 and working as a sinker maker. Sister: Mary, born in 1887 and working as a pattern girl. All the children were born in Nottingham. The family lived at 36 Pierrepont Street, Nottingham (C. 1901) before moving to 21 Sneinton Road, Nottingham.
Elijah Crackle worked as a dairyman.
17 Oct 1916
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Gunner
Royal Garrison Artillery
Crackle was called up and following training he was drafted to France. He was killed in action during the Battle of Morval part of the continuing Battle of the Somme and was buried at the Longueva Road Cemetery.
His brother, Pte. Robert Crackle, 2nd Home Service Garrison Battalion Yorkshire Regiment, referenced his brother's death when he appeared before the magistrates at Grantham on 2nd February 1917 after surrendering himself as a deserter. Article published on 2nd January 1917 in the Nottingham Evening Post :- “NOTTM. SOLDIER'S TROUBLES. “SURRENDERED AS AN ABSENTEE. “P.s. Gage, of the Grantham Borough Police, was on duty at 11.45 last night when Pte. Robert Crackle, of the Notts. and Derbyshire Regiment, [sic] surrendered to him as an absentee. He said he had had a lot of trouble, and had been hiding in Nottingham since the expiration of his leave on November 4th. Crackle was brought before Ald. J. H. Parker at the Grantham Police Court this morning [2nd January 1917] and pleaded guilty to the charge of being absent without leave. “Prisoner said he had had a lot of trouble. He was given three days' leave on November 1st because his brother had been blown to pieces. On arriving home in Nottingham he found a niece who had been looking after his mother had died of consumption and his mother also died and they buried her on Boxing Day. “Ald. Parker said he could not help these things. Prisoner must observe the rules of the service, and he would be remanded to await an escort ”Death notices published 7th November 1916 in the Nottingham Evening Post :- “CRACKLE. – Killed in action, October 17th, Gunner Elijah Crackle, R.G.A. Nobly did his duty for King and country. – Loving mother, Albert and family. “CRACKLE. – Killed in action, October 17th, Gunner Elijah Crackle, R.G.A. Sleep on, dear brother, and take thy rest. – Loving sister Lizzie, Harry, and family. “CRACKLE. – Killed in action, October 17th, our dear loved Elijah (Gunner, R.G.A.). – L. Shardlow and A. Vincent.” Above information and notices are courtesy of Jim Grundy and his facebook pages Small Town Great War Hucknall 1914-1918
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