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Richard Gilpin Crawford

In memory of:

Lieutenant Richard Gilpin Crawford

May 9, 1915

Military Service


Age:

23

Force:

Army

Unit:

Canadian Infantry (Eastern Ontario Regiment)

Additional Information


Son of William C. and Annie Gilpin Gawford, of Chatham, Ontario.

Commemorated on Page 10 of the First World War Book of Remembrance. Request a copy of this page.

Burial Information


Cemetery:

BAILLEUL COMMUNAL CEMETERY
Nord, France

Grave Reference:

I. 10.

Location:

Bailleul is a large town in France, near the Belgian border, 14.5 kilometres south-west of Ieper and on the main road from St. Omer to Lille. The BAILLEUL COMMUNAL CEMETERY is on the eastern outskirts of the town. From the Grand place, take the Ieper road and 400 metres along this road is a sign indicating the direction of the cemetery. Turn down the right into a small road and follow for approximately 400 metres, the BAILLEUL COMMUNAL CEMETERY is on the right.

Information courtesy of the Commonwealth War Graves Commission.

Digital Collection

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  • Circumstances of death registers – Source: Library and Archives Canada. CIRCUMSTANCES OF DEATH REGISTERS, FIRST WORLD WAR Surnames: CRABB TO CROSSLAND Microform Sequence 24; Volume Number 31829_B016733. Reference RG150, 1992-93/314, 168. Page 377 of 788.
  • Photo of Richard Gilpin Crawford – From "The War Book of Upper Canada College", edited by Archibald Hope Young, Toronto, 1923.  This book is a Roll of Honour including former students who served during the First World War.

(Please note - this soldier's biography states that he was Mentioned in Despatches).
  • Memorial Tablet – Lieutenant Richard Gilpin Crawford is remembered on this brass Memorial Tablet.  It was unveiled on May 1st, 1921 in memory of Upper Canada College students who died on active service during the First World War. Upper Canada College is located in Toronto, Ontario.
  • Grave marker – Lieutenant Richard Gilpin Crawford graduated from the Royal Military College of Canada in 1913, #932. He served with the Princess Patricia's Canadian Light Infantry (Eastern Ontario Regiment). He was buried in Bailleul Communal Cemetery (Nord). http://www.twgpp.org/information.php?id=1852789
  • Plaque – Lieutenant Richard Gilpin Crawford was the son of William C. and Annie Gilpin Gawford, of Chatham, Ontario.  He was a member of the class of 1914 at the Royal Military College of Canada Cadet number 932. He served with the Canadian Infantry (Eastern Ontario Regiment). He died on May 9, 1915. His name is listed on the memorial arch at the Royal Military College of Canada.
  • Plaque – 932 Lieutenant Richard Gilpin Crawford (RMC 1913) was the son of William C. Gawford, a merchant and Annie Gilpin Gawford, of Chatham, Ontario. He studied at Upper Canada College and the Royal Military College of Canada. He enlisted in August 17, 1914. He served as a Lt with the Essex Fusiliers. He served with the Canadian Infantry (Eastern Ontario Regiment). He served in France during the Great War. He was Mentioned in Despatches (Nov 20 1915) by Field Marshall Sir John French for gallant and distinguished service in the field. He was wounded on May 8th, 1915 at the battle of Belle Waarde Lake and died of wounds on May 9th 1919 at No. 2 Sta Hospital.  He died on May 9, 1915 at 23 years of age. He was buried in the Bailleul Communal Cemetery in Nord, France. He is commemorated on the Memorial Tablet at Upper Canada College, the Memorial Arch at the Royal Military College of Canada, and on Page 10 of the First World War Book of Remembrance.
  • Stained Glass Window – Ex-cadets are named on the Memorial Arch at the Royal Military College of Canada in Kingston, Ontario and in memorial stained glass windows to fallen comrades.

932 Lieutenant Richard Gilpin Crawford (RMC 1913) was the son of William C. Gawford, a merchant and Annie Gilpin Gawford, of Chatham, Ontario. He studied at Upper Canada College and the Royal Military College of Canada. He enlisted in August 17, 1914. He served as a Lt with the Essex Fusiliers. He served with the Canadian Infantry (Eastern Ontario Regiment). He served in France during the Great War. He was Mentioned in Despatches (Nov 20 1915) by Field Marshall Sir John French for gallant and distinguished service in the field. He was wounded on May 8th, 1915 at the battle of Belle Waarde Lake and died of wounds on May 9th 1919 at No. 2 Sta Hospital.  He died on May 9, 1915 at 23 years of age. He was buried in the Bailleul Communal Cemetery in Nord, France. He is commemorated on the Memorial Tablet at Upper Canada College, the Memorial Arch at the Royal Military College of Canada, and on Page 10 of the First World War Book of Remembrance.
  • Memorial Doll – Ex-cadets are named on the Memorial Arch at the Royal Military College of Canada in Kingston, Ontario and in memorial stained glass windows to fallen comrades.
  • Grave Marker – Photo courtesy of Wilf Schofield, England
  • Biography – Submitted for the project, Operation: Picture Me
  • Photo of Richard Crawford – Lt. Richard Gilpin (Dick) Crawford was the son of William C. and Annie Gilpin Gawford, of Chatham, Ontario. He was born in 
Tilbury Aug 23-14. He attended the Royal Military College of Canada in Kingston, Ontario. He died May 9th 15. Chatham Kent Museum
  • Photo of Richard Crawford – Lt. Richard Gilpin (Dick) Crawford was the son of William C. and Annie Gilpin Gawford, of Chatham, Ontario. He was born in 
Tilbury Aug 23-14. He attended the Royal Military College of Canada in Kingston, Ontario. He died May 9th 15. Chatham Kent Museum
  • Memorial – Cemeteries of Chatham-Kent, Mausoleum Doors,  

# 16 crypt Crawford
William C. Crawford Dearly loved husband of Annie Gilpin
August 31st. 1857 ~ March 9th. 1919

Lieutenant Richard Gilpin Crawford January 13th. 1892 ~ May 9th 1915
Died of wounds received while leading his men at the 2nd Battle of Ypres May 8, 1915.  

Photo: Trish Nigh
  • Memorial – Memorial stair, Royal Military College, Kingston, Ontario
  • Memorial – Memorial arch, Royal Military College, Kingston, Ontario
  • Biography – Submitted for the project, Operation: Picture Me
  • Grave marker – Grave marker at Bailleul Communal Cemetery in France showing inscription for Lieutenant Richard Gilpin Crawford.
Image taken 13 July 2014 by Tom Tulloch.
  • Photo of Richard Gilpin Crawford – Cadet # 932 Richard Gilpin Crawford attended the Royal Military College, Kingston and is listed in the Stone Frigate 1914.
  • Biography – Cadet # 932 Richard Gilpin Crawford attended the Royal Military College, Kingston and is listed in the Stone Frigate 1914.

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