Helles Memorial

Rank: Corporal
Service No: 344
Date of Death: 14/08/1915
Age: 36
Regiment/Service: London Regiment 1st/10th Bn.
Panel Reference Panel 196 and 197.

Additional Information:

Born in 1879 at Woodford, son of John (Carpenter) and Amelia Croft. 1881: With his family in Peel Road South Woodford. 1891: With his family at 8 Forest Villas Peel Road, his Father and Mother were then working in the laundry trade. 1901: A Private Soldier with the 18 Hussars at Canterbury Barracks in Kent. 1903: He married Bertha Dupas, a French national. 1911: A Postman with his wife and children Andree and Thomas at 3 Elizabeth Villas Walpole Road South Woodford. Their family address was later recorded as 66 Peel Road.

10 London left Plymouth at the end of 07-15, and landed at Suvla on 11-08-15. The earlier landings at Gallipoli were costly in terms of casualties, and the Force failed to make any headway from the beachhead during an assault on 12-08. A further attack was planned for 15-08, intending to move inland and capture highland positions at Kiretch Tepe Sirt and Kidney Hill.

Thomas Croft would not take part in that operation. He was the only fatality in the Battalion the day before, when he was Killed in Action on 14-08-15. The circumstances of his death are not known, but it is possible he fell victim to a Turkish sniper or shell.

A Parishioner of St Thomas of Canterbury Church (RC).

X/R Sgt. George Edward Joseph Croft (Nephew).

Memorial: None Known
Separate Folder: NO.
Principal Sources: Ancestry. Find my Past.
Qualification: Borough Resident. Name read at St Mary’s Church Sunday Service, December 1917.