Craft, J W
JAMES WALTER CRAFT
Remembered with honour Ypres (Menin Gate) Memorial: Panel 31 and 33.
He enlisted 4 October 1912 in Hertford: a labourer in paper factory; was entitled to the Victory, British War and 1914 Star medals, his qualifying date being 6 October 1914, and was killed in action in a gallant attempt to stop a German advance from Zandvoorde. Unfortunately, James’ Service Record appears to be one that did not survive the World War Two bombing.
Son of Walter James and Alice Elizabeth (nee PEARCE) CRAFT.
His parents married 23 April 1892 at St Paul’s with St Mary’s, Wooburn Green, Bucks. Alice died 1932 in Watford aged 62, and was buried 14 April in Vicarage Road Cemetery, Watford; Walter died 1959 in the Watford district aged 89.
James was born 15 March 1893 in Wooburn Green, and baptised 9 April 1893 at St Paul’s with St Mary’s, Wooburn Green. He attended Beechen Grove Board School, Watford, from 18 July 1904 to 15 March 1907, and resided in Watford.
On the 1901 Census, aged 8 he lived in Croxley Green, Herts, with his parents and three siblings. On the 1911 Census, a worker in paper mill aged 18, he lived in Watford, with his parents and eight siblings.
Date of death31/10/1914
Age at death21
Place of death
- 1st S.W. Herts Scout Troop [in St Mary's Parish Church Watford] (4)
- Abbot's Langley Herts War Memorial (17)
- Aldbury Herts War Memorial (1)
- Aldenham Herts War Memorial (located in Letchmore Heath Herts) (8)
- All Saints Church Croxley Green Herts (12)
- All Saints Church Harrow Weald Middx (2)
- All Saints Church Hertford (1)
- All Saints Church King's Langley Herts (1)
- All Saints Church Leavesden Herts (31)
- All Saints Church Witham Essex (3)