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Charles William Croft

In memory of:

Private Charles William Croft

August 15, 1917

Military Service


Service Number:

690940

Age:

19

Force:

Army

Unit:

Canadian Infantry (Central Ontario Regiment)

Division:

75th Bn.

Additional Information


Born:

March 18, 1898

Commemorated on Page 223 of the First World War Book of Remembrance. Request a copy of this page. Download high resolution copy of this page.

Burial Information


Cemetery:

VIMY MEMORIAL
Pas de Calais, France

Grave Reference:

N/A

Location:

Canada's most impressive tribute overseas to those Canadians who fought and gave their lives in the First World War is the majestic and inspiring Vimy Memorial, which overlooks the Douai Plain from the highest point of Vimy Ridge, about eight kilometres northeast of Arras on the N17 towards Lens. The Memorial is signposted from this road to the left, just before you enter the village of Vimy from the south. The memorial itself is someway inside the memorial park, but again it is well signposted. At the base of the memorial, these words appear in French and in English:

TO THE VALOUR OF THEIR COUNTRYMEN IN THE GREAT WAR AND IN MEMORY OF THEIR SIXTY THOUSAND DEAD THIS MONUMENT IS RAISED BY THE PEOPLE OF CANADA


Inscribed on the ramparts of the Vimy Memorial are the names of over 11,000 Canadian soldiers who were posted as 'missing, presumed dead' in France. A plaque at the entrance to the memorial states that the land for the battlefield park, 91.18 hectares in extent, was 'the free gift in perpetuity of the French nation to the people of Canada'. Construction of the massive work began in 1925, and 11 years later, on July 26, 1936, the monument was unveiled by King Edward VIII. The park surrounding the Vimy Memorial was created by horticultural experts. Canadian trees and shrubs were planted in great masses to resemble the woods and forests of Canada. Wooded parklands surround the grassy slopes of the approaches around the Vimy Memorial. Trenches and tunnels have been restored and preserved and the visitor can picture the magnitude of the task that faced the Canadian Corps on that distant dawn when history was made. On April 3, 2003, the Government of Canada designated April 9th of each year as a national day of remembrance of the Battle of Vimy Ridge.

Information courtesy of the Commonwealth War Graves Commission.

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  • Group Photo– Photo of Charles at Camp Borden with friends before they went to war in France. Charles William Croft was born March 18, 1897 in Bourne, Lincolnshire, England and was a twin to Lillian Emma Elizabeth Croft.  Their Mother was Leah Elizabeth Croft.   

Charles had two other sisters born as well to Leah Elizabeth Croft.  

Their names were Annie Elizabeth Croft Noon (1899 – 1976). 

There is no known record of who the Father is  to any of Leah Elizabeth Croft’s children that have been so far located.  

Anne Elizabeth Croft was apparently put out to work as a young girl after her mother died.  She worked for and later adopted by Jane Noon.     

The twins resided with Clara at their Grandmother’s home when they were young  and Anne lived with the Noon’s after their Mother’s death.  

The children’s Grandmother was Emma Elizabeth Loose Croft.  Emma Elizabeth went to Canada to be with her Son John William Croft who emigrated in 1890.

Charles William Croft followed his Grandmother to Canada in 1914 but enlisted when the war started.

Lillian and Clara remained in England. 

Lillian worked as a Land Girl during the war but “came out to Canada on her Brother’s Ticket” after Charles died in France. 

Clara died in England in 1927.
  • Photo of Lillian Croft– This is his twin sister, Lillian Croft
  • Attestation papers
  • Attestation papers
  • Medals
  • Burial Report
  • Circumstances of Death Registers
  • Memorial– His name as it is inscribed on the Vimy Memorial. Over 11,000 fallen Canadians having no known place of burial in France, are honoured on this Memorial. May they never be forgotten. (J. Stephens)

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