(E) George Croft


(E) George Croft


First World War

Date of Death / Age


Rank, Service Number & Service Details

Duke of Wellington's (West Riding Regiment)
2nd Bn.


1914 /15 Star, British War and Victory medals


Pier and Face 6A and 6B.


>He has no Headstone. He is Commemorated on the Thiepval Memorial to the missing on the Somme

UK Memorials

St Matthew’s Church Memorial, Oxhey, Not on the Hemel Hempstead memorials, Not on the Leverstock Green memorials

Pre War

E. George Croft was born in Leverstock Green, Herts, in 1890, son of George Croft and Caroline Croft (nee England). He was Baptised Edgar George Croft (but used George) on 6th August 1890 in the Parish of Leverstock Green. The second of three Children, Lillian B 1886, Edgar George B 1890 - D 1916 and Francis W. B 1891 - D 1900. 

1891 Census records George aged 1, his mother and 1 month old brother (as yet unnamed) living with his mothers brother Henry England and his wife Louisa and their family at 8, Shaftsbury Road, Watford, Herts.

His father George Croft died in 1892, aged 29.

By 1901, aged 11, George was living with another Uncle and Aunt, George and Lydia Abbott and their family at 101, Villiers Road, New Bushey, Herts.

Abt 1908 George enlisted in the Army, joining the Duke of Wellington's (West Riding Regiment), with the Service No. 8919.

The 1911 Census records George aged 22, single and a Private in the 1st Battalion, Duke of Wellington's (West Riding Regiment). The Regiment is stationed in India.

Wartime Service

On the outbreak of War it is believed George was still serving in the Army, with the 2nd Battalion, Duke of Wellington's (West Riding Regiment). His Medal Card indicates he landed in France in March 1915, the following month he was wounded and admitted to No. 3 Casualty Clearing Station, with a Gun Shot Wound.

George was Killed in Action on 12th October 1916, possible at the Battle of Le Transloy, (1st - 18th October 1916).

He has no Headstone he is Commemorated on the Thiepval Memorial to the Missing on the Somme. Also Commemorated on St Matthew's Church Memorial, Oxhey, Herts.

Additional Information

The value of his effects were £18-4s-6d, Pay Owing and £15-10s-0d, War Gratuity, which went to his mother Caroline. His mother received a dependents Pension of 15/- per week. Son of G. and Caroline Croft, of 1, Tucker St., Watford Fields, Watford. Also see ‘Additional Information’ provided with kind permission of Bushey First World War Commemoration Project – Please visit www.busheyworldwarone.org.uk.


Stuart Osborne
Dianne Payne - www.busheyworldwarone.org.uk, Jonty Wild