War Memorial File



6th Battalion, Northamptonshire Regiment.

Service number; 13899.

Died on February 16th 1916.

Aged 31 years.


St. Sever Cemetery,
A. 17. 22.


Died February 16th 1916, aged 31 years.

Son of Mr. and Mrs. H. Crane, of Kirkstead, Brooke, Norwich; husband of Harriet Crane, of Bampit Row, Weston, Spalding, Lincs.

Report copied from The Peterborough Standard, dated June 20th 1916.


We much regret to record the death of Pte. D. Crane, 6th Northants Regiment, of Castor. Pte. Crane was seriously wounded in the back while on active service in France on Jan 28th. He was taken to the casualty clearing station, where he remained nine days. He was then moved to the base hospital at Rouen, but he was too seriously injured ( he had a fractured spine) to recover, and he died peacefully on Feb 16th. He was laid to rest with full military honours on Feb 17th, in St. Ewen’s cemetery, Rouen, where many more of our brave English boys who have given their life for King and country repose. The Rev. Dr. Richards, chaplain to the 11th Stationary Hospital, Rouen, officiated. Mrs Crane cannot speak too highly of the care and attention bestowed upon her husband by the nurses and their kindness in writing to her full particulars of his state. They speak highly of his patience and courage, and gratitude, and cheerfulness. In a letter to Mrs Crane, the Chaplain also speaks of Pte. Crane’s great courage and fortitude, and the Commissioner of Graves has promised to send a photograph of the grave to Mrs Crane. Deceased was a great favourite with his comrades at the Front, who speak highly of his good qualities. He is the first of the Castor contingent to lose his life in the war. One of his comrades who was fighting by his side says that when wounded Crane, although in terrible agony, would not even groan and let them know how badly he was wounded, until the fighting was over. Canon Hulbert most sympathetically alluded to him in his sermon on Sunday evening, when Mrs Crane and her children were at the service. The sympathy of every one goes out to the widow and her three children in their sad bereavement. Pte. Crane was a most affectionate father, writing home almost daily. He was also very much liked and esteemed by his master (Mr Gordon Smith) and his fellow workmen.

Also reported

Pte. A. D. Crane died of wounds at Rouen. The family have left Castor since the father

A photograph in The Peterborough Advertiser dated February 26th 1916 lists Pte. Crane as Arthur Daniel Crane.