CROFT, Walter W

Royal Naval Volunteer Reserve, Royal Naval Division (including Hood Battalion and Reserve Battalion)
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Home Address:
4 Pearson Terrace, Barnard Castle
Family Details:

Brother of George William Croft, who served and was killed in action and Thomas Francis Croft and Stanley Septimus Croft, both of whom served and survived (see separate entries in the database). 

Parents: Tom Croft (born in Heslington, North Yorkshire in 1861; died November 1901) and Mary Croft (nee Abbott, born in 1863 in Hunmanby, Yorkshire).

Brothers and sisters: Tom (born 1878); Alice (born 1881 in Hunmanby); John Edward (born 1886 in Durham City); Ernest (born in 1889 in Startforth); George William (born 1891); Thomas Francis (born 1893 in Barnard Castle); Mary E (born 1897 in Barnard Castle); Stanley Septimus (born 1 June 1899 in Barnard Castle); Nancy E (born 1901 in Barnard Castle). 

According to information received from relatives, the family lived in Hunmanby, Durham City, Startforth and latterly at 4 Pearson Terrace, Barnard Castle.

Date of Birth:
Place of Birth:
Barnard Castle
Place of Death
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First enrolment 11 Sept 1914.

Service afloat: on Victory 1V with Hood Battalion (9 September 1914 - 6 May 1916); Victory 1X with ?2nd or 7th? Reserve Battalion (7 May 1916 - 9 May 1916); Victory 1V with 2nd ?Aux? Battalion 10 May 1916 - 29 May 1916); Victory 1V with Hood Battalion (30 May 1916 - 26 February 1917); Victory 1X with ?3rd? Reserve Battalion (27 February 1917 - 16 June 1917); Victory 1V with Hood Battalion (17 June 1917 - 24 December 1917); Victory 1X, Command Depot (25 December 1917 - 18 April 1917); Victory 1X with 2nd Reserve Battalion, Hood (19 April 1919 - 16 January 1919). Discharge letter authorised 12 December 1918).

Certificates: Acting Leading Seaman (14 December 1915 - 26 February 1917); Leading Seaman Leading Seaman (27 February 1917 - 17 November 1918); Appointed Acting Petty Officer (18 November 1918). 

Service at the siege of Antwerp and in the Dardmelles. 

Wounds: Wounded at Antwerp 13 November 1916 by enemy projectile to left side of thorax, giving rise to a scar 3 " long by 1/2 " wide over the 9th and 10th ribs. Wound recorded as being superficial. 

Awards:  Certificate for Wounds and Hurts (24 May 1917); 1914 Star (24 March 1920). [Unclear whether this is 1914 Star (Mons Star) or 1914/15 Star so has not yet been added to the medals section]  

Teesdale Mercury 22.03.1916 - Page 5: Column 2

Leading Seaman W Croft of Pearson Terrace, who took part in Gallipoli, home on leave.

Teesdale Mercury 06.03.1918 - Page 5: Column 2

Petty Officer Walter Croft (Teesdale Mercury) awarded the Mons Ribbon


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