Photograph courtesy of Alison.

Born: 1866, Thorndon, Suffolk.

Died: 18th December 1900; age 33; Died of Disease at Harrismith, Free State, South Africa.

Residence: Monk Soham, Suffolk.

Rank: Driver; Service Number: 58987.

Regiment: Royal Field Artillery, 4th Local Ammunition Column, South Africa Field Force.

Formerly 8th Division Ammunition Column.

Clasps Awarded: Wittebergen & Cape Colony.


1871   Thorndon All Saints, Suffolk.

Arthur was 5 years old and living with his parents & siblings.

George Cracknell, 50, an Agricultural Labourer, born Bedingfield, Suffolk.

Eliza Cracknell (nee Mole), 43, born Southolt, Suffolk.

Rosa Rodwell Cracknell, 17, born Thorndon.

Janet Rodwell Cracknell, 11, born Thorndon.

Anna Cracknell, 8, born Thorndon.

Levi Cracknell, 6, born Thorndon.

1 boarder.

1881   Rishangles, Suffolk.

Arthur was 15 years old, an Agricultural Labourer. He was living with his parents & siblings.

George, 60, an Agricultural Labourer.

Eliza, 53, a Shop Keeper.

Janet, 21.

Levi, 16, an Agricultural Labourer.

Ellen Maria Cracknell, 9, born Thorndon.

Arthur’s mother, Eliza Cracknell died 1881, Suffolk. His father, George Cracknell died 1898, Suffolk.

On the 17th January 1895, Hoxne, Suffolk. Arthur married Kate Collins, born 1865, Eye, Suffolk.

They had 3 children:

Margaret Kate Cracknell, born January 1896, Monk Soham.

Grace Myrtle Cracknell, born September 1898, Monk Soham.

Sydney Arthur Cracknell, born November 1899, Monk Soham.

Sydney died during the Great War on the 16th December 1918, after an operation on the 15th December at the Military Hospital, East Dulwich, on wounds received in action in France. Sydney was ranked a Rifleman for the King’s Royal Rifle Corps Depot, service number 47107. He was laid to rest at Walsham Le Willows, Suffolk, on the 20th December 1918.

The Boer War

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