THE  DOVER WAR MEMORIAL  PROJECT

 

war memorial at dusk, photographed by Michelle Cooper
 

 

The "We Remember" Booklet 2006

 

"WE REMEMBER" 5   
 

Frederick William and Edwin Lawrence Crofts 

E Crofts, courtesy Mrs O' BreeF W Crofts, courtesy Mrs O'Bree

 

They were two brothers from a family of ten. During World War I they both enlisted into the 6th battalion of the Buffs. Both were killed in action; Frederick on 9th April 1917, and Edwin, (pictured left) who had gone back to the Front after recovering from wounds, on 27th August 1918.

 

 

H Crofts, courtesy Mrs O'Bree

 

Their brother Harold. the eldest of the three, born in 1881, also served in the Buffs. He was captured in France and marched to Westphalia, where he worked in the mines as a Prisoner of War. For his photograph by the Red Cross a German officer insisted he should be properly dressed, and so he borrowed a hat from another prisoner in place of his own lost cap.  

 

 

Edward Scarlett

One of the sons of Maria and coachbuilder Edward Scarlett he was an Engine Room Artificer. Said to be well known to a large circle of friends, he went to St Mary’s school and was apprenticed at the Dour Iron Foundry before joining the Navy. His submarine E24 was the first Naval minelayer. Two months after her completion in January 1916, when Edward was 33, she was lost on a mission to lay mines as Heligoland Bight. In 1973 the hull was accidentally salvaged and examination suggested the submarine herself had struck a mine. In July 1974 the remains of 25 unidentified sailors were recovered. They are buried in Hamburg.  

Guy John Middleton

He was born in Deal, the son of the late James Middleton and Mrs Fanny Davidson, who had remarried. In Edinburgh he enlisted for the Great War into the Royal Field Artillery. He was repairing  communications under heavy shellfire when he was injured. He died from his wounds on 21 July 1916 when he was 25. His commanding officer wrote of him as a “loyal, devoted, and fearless man”. He was recommended for an award for bravery two days before his death, and six days afterwards notification was received that he had been granted the Military Medal.

G Middleton, courtesy Mr Davidson




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