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Born: 26th January 1886, Wanstead, Essex.

Baptised: 18th April 1886, at St. Mary the Virgin Church, Wanstead, Essex.

Died: 13th September 1916; age 30; Died of Wounds – About 8 p.m., on the 13th September 1916, he was returning from the forward area to reserve billets in the Rue de Bapaume, Albert, when he was wounded by shellfire. He was taken immediately to No.3. Casualty Clearing Station where he died the same evening.

Residence: Snowflake, Manitoba, Canada.

Occupation: Telegraph Lineman – C.N.R.

Enlistment Details: Location: Winnipeg, Manitoba, Canada; Date: 13th April 1915; Age: 29 years & 3 months; Religion: CofE. Next of Kin: Bessie Cripps, of 182, Wherstead Road, Ipswich. Height: 5ft & 7 1/2ins, dark complexion, dark eyes & dark brown hair.


Rank: Sapper; Service Number: 2121

Regiment: Canadian Engineers, 1st Division, 3rd Field Coy.


Grave Reference:


Puchevillers British Cemetery,




Relatives Notified and Address: Eldest son of Charles and Elizabeth Cripps, of 182, Wherstead Road, Ipswich.




1891   Voluntary Place, Wanstead, Essex.


Charles was 5 years old and staying with his paternal grandparents & aunt & uncles.

Richard Cripps, 68, a Stoker, born Alvescot, Oxfordshire.

Mary Ann Cripps, 61, born Essex.

Mary Ann Cripps, 33, a Dressmaker, born Wanstead.

Richard, 30, a Labourer, born Wanstead.

Henry J. Cripps, 28, a Labourer, born Wanstead.

Francis, T. Cripps, 25, born Wanstead.


1901   182, Wherstead Road, Ipswich.


Charles was 15 years old, a Clerk. He was living with his parents & siblings.

Charles Cripps, 45, a Railway Advertisement Inspector, born Canning Town, Essex.

Elizabeth Cripps (nee Townsend), 48, born Oxford, Oxfordshire.

Alice Victoria Cripps, 14, born Wanstead.

Lily Cripps, 12, born Wanstead.

Bessie Cripps, 10, born Wanstead.

Cyril Francis Cripps, 4, born Ipswich.




On the 22nd February 1907, 21 year old Harry, departed from the Port of Liverpool, sailing on the S.S. ‘Tunisian’ of the Allan Line. He listed his occupation as Farmer and his religion as Anglican. Harry arrived at the Port of Halifax, Nova Scotia, Canada on the 2nd March 1907, he listed his final destination as Snowflake, Manitoba, Canada.


Harry is also remembered on the war memorial at St. Nicholas Church, Ipswich. St Mary at Stoke Church Ipswich, War Memorial


Canadian Engineers, 1st Division, 3rd Field Coy:

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