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19 Sep 1918
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Pte Stanley George Crawley, died in a hospital near Shrewsbury on September 19th, 1918, seven months after contracting a complicated illness while serving on the Eastern Front and being sent home.
When war broke out Stanley joined the 1st/5th Bedfordshire Regiment. On mobilisation he was found to be a home service man, and was not with the battalion at Gallipoli. He eventually joined them in 1916 and saw active service. The climate in the East brought on his illness early in 1918and two weeks before his death he arrived at the hospital near Shrewsbury.
Stanley was born in Luton in January 1892, the eldest one of nine children born to George and Charlotte Crawley. He attended Queen Square School.
In the April 1911 census they are all living at 57 Baker Street. Stanley is 19 years old and is working as a straw hat packer, his father George is 46 years old and working as an assurance agent for Wesleyan General. Two of his siblings are also working, Wilfred Ernest 17, a straw hat packer and 15-year-old Florence Gertrude is a straw hat machinist, working at home, whilst their mother Charlotte is home looking after 16-year-old Charlotte, Albert 10, Sidney 8, Olive 6, Arthur 3 and 6-month-old Bertie. Wilfred would later see service in France.
In October 1911, Stanley married Grace Maud Athews in Luton and they went on to have two daughters. They lives at 204 Park Street, Luton.
Stanley was buried with full military honours at the Church Cemetery in Crawley Green Road on September 26th, 1918.