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Clarence CRYER

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Surname: CRYER

Forename(s): Clarence

Place of Birth: Wheatley Lane, Lancashire

Service No: 2032

Rank: L/Corporal

Regiment / Corps / Service: East Lancashire Regiment

Battalion / Unit: 1/5th Battalion

Division: 42nd (East Lancashire) Division

Age: 29

Date of Death: 1915-12-18

Awards: ---

CWGC Grave / Memorial Reference: Sp. Mem. B. 72.


CWGC Memorial: ---

Non-CWGC Burial: ---

Local War Memorial: EARBY, YORKSHIRE

Additional Information:

Clarence Cryer was the son of John and Margaret Cryer, née Windle. John was born at Wheatley Lane and Margaret at Fence, Lancashire.

1891 Nelson, Lancashire Census: 42, Gordon Road - Clarence Cryer, aged 5 years, born Wheatley Lane, Booth, Lancashire, son of John and Margaret Cryer.

1901 Reedley Hallows, Lancashire Census: Quaker Bridge - Clarence Cryer, aged 15 years, born Wheatley Lane, Lancashire, son of John and Margaret Cryer.

Clarence was married to Gertrude Blanche Mason in 1905.

1911 Earby, Yorkshire Census: Stoney Bank Road - Clarence Cryer, aged 24 years, born Wheatley Lane, Lancashire, husband of Gertrude Blanche Cryer.

British Army WW1 Medal Rolls Index Cards: Pte Clarence Cryer, 2032, E. Lan. R. Theatre of War first served in: (2B) [Balkans]. Date of entry therein: 10.5.15.

British Army WW1 Medal and Award Rolls: L/Cpl Clarence Cryer, 2032, 1/5th East Lancs.

Army Registers of Soldiers' Effects: L/Cpl Clarence Cryer, 2032, 5th Bn E. Lancs. Regt. Date and Place of Death: 18.12.15. In Action. Gallipoli. To whom Authorised/Amount Authorised: Widow Sole Legatee - Gertrude. £7 14s. 7d. War Gratuity: Widow Sole Legatee - Gertrude B. Aldersley. £5 10s. 0d.

UK, WW1 Pension Ledgers and Index Cards, 1914-1923: card(s) exist for Clarence. Name(s) on card(s): Widow: Gertrude Blanche Aldersley, born, 22.4.85. Address 1. 23, Aspen Lane, Earby, Colne, Yorkshire. Address 2. 18, Green End Avenue, Earby, Colne, Yorkshire. Children: Stanley, born 29.9.13. Widow was remarried on 4.8.17 to Jeremiah Aldersley, civilian.

In 1921 Gertrude, Jeremiah and their children, John Arthur, Mona and Gertrude's, son Stanley and her father William P. Mason were living at 18, Green End Avenue, Earby. In 1939 Gertrude and Jeremiah were living at 22, Fountain Street, Barnoldswick, Yorkshire. Gertrude died in 1971.

See also:
‘Earby in the First World War’ by Stephanie Carter, published by Earby & District Local History Society (2014).
‘Our Finest Crop’ by Steven Marshall, published by Earby & District Local History Society (2020).

Data Source: Craven’s Part in the Great War - original CPGW book entry

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Entry in West Yorkshire Pioneer Illustrated War Record:

CRYER, Lance Corporal Clarence, aged 29, E.L.R., Earlham Terrace, [Earby], killed in action in Gallipoli Dec. 18, 1915.


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L/Corporal Clarence CRYER

L/Corporal Clarence CRYER

Regiment / Corps / Service Badge: East Lancashire Regiment

Regiment / Corps / Service Badge: East Lancashire Regiment

Divisional Sign / Service Insignia: 42nd (East Lancashire) Division

Divisional Sign / Service Insignia: 42nd (East Lancashire) Division

Data from Soldiers Died in the Great War 1914 - 1919 Records

Soldiers Died Data for Soldier Records

Surname: CRYER

Forename(s): Clarence

Born: Earby, Yorks

Residence: Earby

Enlisted: Burnley, Lancs

Number: 2032

Rank: L/Cpl

Regiment: East Lancashire Regiment

Battalion: 1/5th Battalion


Died Date: 18/12/15

Died How: Killed in action

Theatre of War: Gallipoli


Data from Commonwealth War Graves Commission Records

CWGC Data for Soldier Records

Surname: CRYER

Forename(s): C

Country of Service: United Kingdom

Service Number: 2032

Rank: Lance Corporal

Regiment: East Lancashire Regiment

Unit: 1st/5th Bn.



Died Date: 18/12/1915

Additional Information: (CWGC Headstone Inscription: THEIR GLORY SHALL NOT BE BLOTTED OUT)

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1/5th Bn. East Lancashire Regiment

During November and December 1915, the 1/5th Battalion occupied trenches in the firing line on the north-west side of Gulley Ravine. On Christmas Eve the 1/5th were relieved by the West Kent Yeomanry.

[Clarence Cryer was killed on the 18th December 1915.]


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14 January 1916


A War Office intimation was received on Tuesday by Mrs. C. Cryer, Earlham Terrace, Earby, of the death of her husband, Lance Corporal Clarence Cryer, of the 1/5th Battalion East Lancashire Regiment, who was killed in action in Gallipoli on December 18th. Deceased, who was within a month of 30 years of age, was a son of Mr. and Mrs. John Cryer, Stoney Bank, Earby, who have two other sons in the Army. Lance-Corporal Cryer was a Volunteer, and served eight or nine years in the Burnley Territorials. He enlisted soon after the outbreak of the war, and was sent to Egypt shortly afterwards, and had been in Gallipoli about eight months. He leaves a widow and one child.


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