John Maddocks Croasdell

Lance Corporal
Queen's Own (Royal West Kent Regiment)
Date of death 
31 August 1917
Age of death 
34 Pelham Road
George Lane
South Woodford
E18 1PX
Address source 
1911 Census
Cemetery / Memorial 

Born in 1887 at Leytonstone, son of John Percival (Bank Clerk) and Kate Croasdell. 1901: With his family at 24 Latimer Road, Forest Gate. On 1st December 1904 he joined the bank of Messrs. Robarts, Lubbock & Co. 1911: A Bank Clerk with his family at 34 Pelham Road, George Lane, South Woodford. In 1914 he married Helen Ann Limn, daughter of local builder John, and their home was at 4 Marlborough Road, South Woodford.

After war was declared, he enlisted as a Trooper in 3/1 West Kent Yeomanry, which in time was incorporated into 8 Queens Royal West Kent Regiment. From 19th December 1916 he was serving with the Battalion in France, fighting in the Ypres and Arras sectors. He passed the examination to be a Gas Instructor, and was an Acting Lance Corporal. On 29th August 1917 at Ypres he was wounded in the abdomen having rescued an injured colleague and taken him to a place of safety. Croasdell died from those wounds two days later.

Private STK/808 Sidney Edward Richards of 10 Royal Fusiliers, a resident of Kilburn, married his sister Kathleen Norah Croasdell at Holy Trinity Church on 14th May 1916. He too became a fatality on 9th March 1918.

Research by Adrian Lee, Local Historian


War Service of Staff at Coutts & Co.