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Place of Birth: Goose Green, Wigan, Lancashire
Service No: 204558
Regiment / Corps / Service: Royal Field Artillery
Battalion / Unit: 1093rd Battery 217th Brigade
Division: 43rd (Wessex) Division
Date of Death: 1918-11-03
CWGC Grave / Memorial Reference: Face 1.
CWGC Cemetery: ---
CWGC Memorial: KIRKEE 1914-1918 MEMORIAL
Non-CWGC Burial: ---
Local War Memorial: HIGH BENTHAM, YORKSHIRE
Local War Memorial: LOW BENTHAM, YORKSHIRE
Alexander Crayston was the son of Alexander and Mary Crayston, née Brockbank. Alexander, senior, was born at Silverdale, Lancashire and Mary at Kendal, Westmorland.
1901 Low Bentham, Yorkshire Census: Seal Hall - Alexander Crayston, aged 8 years, born Goose Green, Wigan, Lancashire, son of Alexander and Mary Crayston.
1911 Ellel, Lancashire Census: Yeat House - Alec Crayston, aged 19 years, born Wigan, Lancashire. Farm Labourer. [Alexander was living with Mary Gardner, widow.]
British Army WW1 Medal Rolls Index Cards: Gnr Alex Crayston, 204558, Royal Field Artillery.
Although Alexander is commemorated on the Kirkee 1914-1918 Memorial he is buried in Hoshiarpur (Christ Church) Churchyard, India: Row 1. Grave 11.
A short biography of Alexander is included in: ‘Bentham’s Part in the Great War 1914-18’ by Allan and Marilyn Hartley (2019).
Data Source: Local War Memorial
Entry in West Yorkshire Pioneer Illustrated War Record: ---
Regiment / Corps / Service Badge: Royal Field Artillery
Divisional Sign / Service Insignia: 43rd (Wessex) Division
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