George Edward Cracknell

London Regiment
Date of death 
18 October 1918
Age of death 
7 Roding Cottages
Chigwell Road
South Woodford
E18 1HA
Address source 
1911 Census
Local memorial 
Cemetery / Memorial 
United Kingdom

Born in 1900 at South Woodford, only son of George Thomas (Jobbing Carpenter) and Ellen Cracknell. 1901: With his family at 20 Maybank Cottages, Maybank Road, South Woodford. 1911: A Scholar with his family at 7 Roding Cottages, Chigwell Road, South Woodford. The family home was later shown as 41 George Lane, Wanstead. In 1911 his cousin Henry Joseph Cracknell (Coal Depot Clerk) was boarding with the family, having previously lived with his parents and siblings at 12 Roding Cottages, Chigwell Road.

In July 1914 George joined the Great Eastern Railway as a Lad Clerk at Woodford, then at Leytonstone before working as a Booking Office Clerk at Limehouse from February 1918. He entered the Army in August 1918 but soon fell ill and died in the Military Isolation Hospital at Aldershot on 18th October 1918. It is likely he is a victim of the Spanish Flu pandemic.

He is commemorated on the Great Eastern Railway Memorial at Liverpool Street Station, and Wanstead War Memorial.

Research by Adrian Lee, Local Historian

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