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Born: 9 October 1890
Died: 25 September 1916, Rouen Military Hospital
Buried: St Sever Cemetery, Rouen
Address: 9 Providence Row, Baildon
Parents: Abraham and Nancy
Occupation: Bootmaker
Rolls of Honour: Baildon Methodist Church
Regiment: Canadian Expeditionary Force, 27th Battn, Manitoba Regt.
Harry Craven
Harry was one of many local men who returned to fight for their country after emigrating, in his case, to Canada. In 1911 he had been living with his uncle, John Pickard and was described as a bootmaker. On 29 September 1916, the Shipley Times & Express published: “Pte H Craven, who formerly resided at Providence Row, Baildon, is now in hospital at Rouen, suffering from severe gunshot wounds in the back. “Pte Craven went out to Canada in April 1914 and joined the Canadian Infantry in August 1915. “His regiment crossed to England in May of this year and was drafted to France in June. “He is the nephew of Mr and Mrs J Pickard with whom he resided previous to emigrating.” The following week they confirmed: “Pte Harry Craven of the Canadian Infantry, who was reported to have been severely wounded in the back, has succumbed to his injuries whilst in the Rouen Military Hospital. He was well known and highly respected in the Baildon district.”
Thanks to Tish and Michael Lawson for their help in this research
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