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Craggs
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« on: March 15, 2017, 08:20:40 AM »

J. Crothers
Battery Sergeant Major
Royal Garrison Artillery
Service number 29077

Died on the 3rd April 1920

Buried in Newhaven Cemetery, Newhaven, East Sussex - grave Reference: Q. 25.
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The above details are from the CWGC index - unfortunately I don't have this gentleman's first name.

The inscription across the top of his headstone reads slightly differently - "29077 BTY QMR SERJT" which I think indicates "Battery Quartermaster Serjeant".

The CWGC "Grave Registrations Finals" page entry for Battery Sergeant Major Brothers reads "Regtl. Particulars not written for. Died the Fort, Newhaven".

His next of kin are on the second page of the "Grave Registrations Finals" which I have reproduced below.




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« Reply #1 on: March 16, 2017, 11:07:41 AM »

John Crothers

Born about 1884 Stamshaw, Hants.
Medal Roll Card:- to France 27.9.1915. 15 Star, Victory, & British medals. First a Sgt, then B2MS(Battery Quarter Master Sergeant?)

Soldiers Effects:- SUICIDE. £33.3.4 to sole exec (W or Mrs) U Bailey

Service Record:-
He Attested 18.7.1898, Chelsea. 14 years 4 months old
At home UK  18.7.1898 to 9.09.1909
3.4.1920 Rifle shot through heart. Suicide during temporary Insanity.
“this WO’s marriage to Élan M Sarne on 11.10.1917 does not appear to have been annulled by legal process and he does not appear free to re-marry  at present”
Widows address not known. Sister is Mrs Bichard, c/o Mrs Bailey, Felpham, Bognor
“it would appear that deceased married his niece on 11.10.1917, and that such marriage was illegal”
2.10.1919 he requested to extend service beyond 21 years
17.3.1920 man desirous of discharge without giving 3 months notice.

There are 129 pages of his service. Many duplicated , many x 4 times ! many blank or unreadable. Vast majority concerned with finding NOK and his marital status . I have copied 3 pages—hope they can be readable

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« Reply #2 on: March 16, 2017, 15:35:00 PM »

Thank you Alkhamhills,  quite fascinating and what a tangled life this man must have had.  

I wasn't able to find him in the newspaper archives, but clearly his suicide is mentioned ; thank you for posting that.  

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