Private Ernest John Crideford

Service Army Service No. 10811 Cap badge Devonshire Regiment
Rank Private
Regiment:Devonshire Regiment, 8th Battalion
Date of Birth: 1893
Born Dawlish
Date of Death: 25/09/1915
Memorial: Dawlish Memorial Inscription CRIDDEFORD E. PTE. DEVON REGT

Service History

It is recorded that Ernest enlisted at Exeter.

Ernest's death is not the straightforward “Killed in action”, for the entry in the Army Register of Soldiers' Effects is “death occurred 25.9.15 on or since, death presumed”. This statement is repeated in the British Army Medal Rolls index card.
The implication is that he was reported missing and could have been captured or killed by shell blast in such a way that he was unidentifiable and his body was not recovered.  For a report of the action, see documents below.

Association with Dawlish

Ernest John Crideford (also spelled Criddeford) was one of nine children of Thomas Crideford and Anna Maria Dart who were married in Q4 1881. Thomas was a farm labourer, born in Teignmouth, and the couple had seven children surviving by 1911.

In 1911 Ernest was shown as a Gardener and Reginald Charles was a Butcher's errand boy. It is recorded that Ernest enlisted at Exeter.

Reginald enlisted with the 4th Wessex Brigade, Royal Field Artillery, service no 3022, on the 16th August 1915 at Exeter.

Devon Roll of Honour Criddeford E, Pte, Devon Regt - The date and place of death are not shown. The alternative spelling of surname is used.
Additional Information Commonwealth War Graves Site

Next of Kin: Thomas Crideford, father
Last Known Address: Old Town Street, 15 Queen Lane

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Cap badge -The Devonshire Regiment

Cornelius and Crideford names on panel

Dud Corner cemetery, Loos

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