More Deaths at the Front

By kind permission of John King, Author

In the meantime the slaughter continued, especially on the Western Front. Few towns did not lose one of their young men, such was the intensity of the struggle. Thus on 3 May 1915 Harry Lamb of the London Rifle Brigade was killed at the age of 22 at Ypres to be followed six days later by Harry Croxford of the 13th Battalion of the County of London (Kensington Rifles) at Fromelles north of Aubers Ridge. Harry, aged 21 was the son of a successful wholesale manufacturer who lived in Baring Road. Both men were keen members of St Augustine’s Cricket Club and Croxford had played in Grace’s last match in 1914. The likelihood of increasing demands for hospital accommodation, nursing and garments for the wounded did not pass unnoticed in Grove Park and a meeting was held at Sir George Pragnell’s house, Clovelly, in Somertrees Avenue. There followed the formation of a Grove Park branch of the Red Cross. Several ladies enrolled and after receiving instruction from Dr Lansdale, took examinations on 22 June. Certificates were presented the following month at the home of Howard Jones who became Vice-President of the branch.

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