Herbert was the 2nd son of Robert & Jessie Croft, and first appeared on a census in 1901. Robert 41, head of the household was a Painter who had been born in Hawarden as all the family were. Robert’s wife Jessie was 42. The listed children were Thomas A. Croft 13, Ethel M 8, Herbert 3 and Frank was 7 months. They all lived at Dee View, Hawarden, Flintshire.
The 1911 census shows the family still living at Dee View, Hawarden. Robert 52 was a House Painter. His wife of 25 years, Jesse was 53. 6 children had been born, but they had lost 1 child. (See family grave below). Herbert was 13, Frank 10 and Elsie was 7.
The child they had lost was Martha. She was commemorated on the family grave.
The beloved daughter of
Robert & Jessie Croft of Sandycroft
who died August 10 1897, aged 2 years 10 months
“Suffer Little children to come unto me”
Also Alfred John Beloved son of Thomas C. & Eva Croft
died Sept. 2nd 1911 age 7 months,
Also the above Robert Croft who died June 5th 1942 Aged 83 years,
Also the above Jessie Croft who died August 23rd? 194? Aged 87 years.
“ O Jesus you have ??? ..o to serve Thee”
Also on the Imperial War Museum – Memorial Project Hawarden – http://www.iwm.org.uk/memorials/item/memorial/60253
Headstones with double kerbstones and lead lettering.
IN LOVING MEMORY OF/ HERBERT H. CROFT, BERTIE/ WHO DIED IN FRANCE WHILST ON/ ACTIVE SERVICE FEBRUARY 10, 1919/ AGED 21 YEARS./ REST IN PEACE.
There is an index card (Queensferry F 8) for Herbert in The Flintshire Roll of Honour at The County Record Office in Hawarden. The card records his name his and the address given is , “Eastwood”, Hawarden. It tells us that his period of service was 2 and 1/2 years and that he died in 8th Canadian Stationary Hospital, Dun Kerqueon the 10th February 1919. The card was signed by R. Croft (Father) dated 20th October 1919. (His Father wrote the card out and signed it in wonderful writing.)
Please go to :- http://ww1cemeteries.com/ww2_cemeteries/dunkirk_town_and_memorial.htm and http://www.1914-1918.net/hospitals.htm for more information on the Hospitals at that time.
The UK, Army Registers of Soldiers’ Effects, 1901-1929 in which the monies owed to deceased soldiers was calculated, tells us that he died in Dunkirk and that the Regimental Paymaster at Woolwich took a recharge of £3. 16s 8d on the 29th May 1919. The sole Legatee was his father Robert who was paid £21. 14s 2d which included a War Gratuity of £14 on the 15th July 1919.
Herbert is remembered on the Queensferry School War Memorial in the War Memorial Institute.
There is an inscription on a grave in St. Deniol’s Churchyard, Hawarden – Monumental Inscriptions Volume 11 – Lovelock. Page 43 U 4
Herbert H. Croft (Berie) died in France on active service February 10 1919 age 21
and is also remembered on the Imperial War Museum – Memorial Project – http://www.iwm.org.uk/memorials/item/memorial/13450 – Description -Battlefield cross with brass plaque at the centre. – Inscription – DRIVER H. CROFTS / R.A.S.C. AGE 21 / DIED 10.2.1919 / DUNKIRK
Thanks to Bill Tyrell, who allowed me access to the Minutes of the the Conservative Club Shotton where, in a meeting on the 9th October 1916 the committee voted to give financial help to sixteen widows of the area. A Mrs Crofts of Bach Lodge, Leighton, Nr. Welshpool, was one of those widows, but I don’t know if it refers to Herbert Hamilton as I didn’t know he had married, so any help would be appreciated. They were each given 5/-. Please click on the link to read the names of the others who were mentioned in the minutes.
Additional Information on the Commonwealth War Graves Website :- Son of Robert and Jessie Croft, of Eastwood, Hawarden, Chester and the information on his cause of death was in the Grave Registration Documents below the Certificate. See link below