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Thomas Edward Cornelius Crawford

In memory of:

Rifleman Thomas Edward Cornelius Crawford

April 6, 1945

Military Service


Service Number:

B/117602

Age:

31

Force:

Army

Unit:

Queen's Own Rifles of Canada, R.C.I.C.

Additional Information


Son of Thomas A. and Nellie Crawford; husband of Marie Edmee Crawford, of Kapuskasing, Ontario.

Commemorated on Page 506 of the Second World War Book of Remembrance. Request a copy of this page.

Burial Information


Cemetery:
Grave Reference:

XI. F. 14.

Location:

Holten is a village 20 kilometres east of the town of Deventer, on the main A1 motorway from Amsterdam to Bremen in Germany. Following the A1 motorway, turn off at exit 26 and follow the N332 in the direction of Holten. Follow the N332 until reaching a signpost for Holterberg. Turn right onto the N344 in the direction of Holten, then at the T junction turn left towards Holten and follow this road to the roundabout. Take second exit then turn first right towards Holterberg. Follow this road uphill until you see a green Commission sign pointing to the right. Turn right down the track and follow to the end. Turn left and the cemetery lies along here on the left hand side.

Historical Information: The Netherlands fell to the Germans in May 1940 and was not re-entered by Allied forces until September 1944. The great majority of those buried in Holten Canadian War Cemetery died during the last stages of the war in Holland, during the advance of the Canadian 2nd Corps into northern Germany, and across the Ems in April and the first days of May 1945. After the end of hostilities the remains of over 1,300 Canadian soldiers were brought together into this cemetery.

Information courtesy of the Commonwealth War Graves Commission.

Digital Collection

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  • Grave Marker
  • Press Clipping– Copy of Rfn Crawford's first obituary  from the Kapuskasing,Ontario newspaper in 1945.
  • Gravemarker - photo 3– This is a photo of the temporary wooden marker on Rfn Crawford's grave at Holten Cemetery in the post-war period prior to the granite headstones being erected.
  • Gravemarker - photo 2– This original photo was taken in 1945, some time after the end of WW II by the owner of the Berendsen farm where the four riflemen were killed. One of the four Queen's Own soldiers to die there was, Rfn Ted Crawford. The other three were Rfn George Woodruff, Rfn Jim Aiken, and Rfn Joe McKenna.
  • Gravemarker– This photo of Rfn Crawford's grave at Holten Cemetery in Holland was taken by his daughter Joan Crawford - Barrer in May, 2001.

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