Huthwaite War Memorial Project

CRAFTS F.H. PO/6400

Frank Crafts

Frank Herbert Crafts

Colour Sergeant PO/6400 - Royal Marine
Light Infantry Portsmouth Bn. R.N. Div.

Killed in Action Dardanelles 6th May 1915 : Aged 40

Helles Memorial, Panel 2 to 7

Frank is recalled being a son of William and Mary Crafts of 158, Haydn Road, Sherwood, Nottingham. He was however born a native of, and well respected in Huthwaite where he had recently retired from the forces as quartermaster after serving 21 years. Brothers lived in Sutton, a sister was wife to the Chairman of Huthwaite U.D. Council. Frank quickly reenlisted when war commenced alongside two similar fated pals. A joint memorial service was held for them in the Huthwaite parish, All Saints church.


Mansfield Advertiser – 4th June 1915.
THREE HUTHWAITE MEN KILLED
MEMORIAL SERVICE
Two Huthwaite men, Private J.T. Goodall and Private J.S. Ellis, both of the Royal Marine Light Infantry, have been killed in action “near the Dardanelles”, according to the official statement. Goodall was 26, and lived in Skegby Road. He leaves a widow and one child. Ellis’s home was in Newcastle Street, and he leaves a widow and four children. He was 33 years of age , and about 13 years ago enlisted in the Lincolns, but was bought off after a few months. Both men enlisted last September.
Another Huthwaite native of the same regiment, killed at the same place, was Quartermaster F.H. Crafts, aged 40, whose home was at Sherwood. He had served 21 years, and had been a pensioner 8 months when the war broke out, and he immediately rejoined. He had several brothers at Sutton, and a sister is Mrs. A. Taylor, wife of the Chairman of Huthwaite Urban District Council.
On Sunday morning a memorial service to the three men was held in the Parish Church it was conducted by the Rev. F.N. Beswick, and was largely attended. The proceedings were most impressive, and included the recital of the Burial Service, while the hymns and sermon were of an appropriate nature. The Union Jack flew at half-mast on the church tower, and at the close of the service Mr. A. Wilders rendered the Dead March from “Saul” on the organ.
Notts Free Press – 6th. June, 1915.

The long immunity from tragic news respecting its own soldier sons which Huthwaite has enjoyed was rudely shattered last week-end, when the news carried that three Huthwaite natives had made the supreme sacrifice in laying down their lives for their country.
The departed heroes are private J.T. Goodall, aged 26, of Skegby Road, Private J. Ellis (often known as Sheppard) of Newcastle Street, and the third is Quartermaster F.H. Crafts (40) who, though his home was at Sherwood, was born at Huthwaite and will be remembered by many people. Several brothers live at Sutton, and a sister is Mrs. A. Taylor, wife of the Chairman of Huthwaite Urban District Council.
Crafts was single and had served 21 years and had been a pensioner for a year and a half, and when the war broke out he immediately rejoined. Goodall and Ellis both joined in September last. A singular feature is that all three belonged to the same regiment (the Portsmouth Brigade of the R.M.L.I.) and were all killed under exactly the same circumstances-officially stated as “near the Dardanelles”. About 13 years ago Ellis served a few months in the Lincolns, but was bought off. He was killed on the 30th. of April, but the date of the other deaths is not stated. Unfortunately, no photograph of Ellis is available.

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Written 06 Feb 09 Revised 07 Jul 12 © by Gary Elliott