CRAMP Robert

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Robert Cramp was the son of Joseph Cramp and his wife of Leicester, and grandson of a Mrs Cramp of Cottesmore. He was born on 9 May 1895 and educated at Cottesmore School. He became a servant to a Mr Clayton in Cottesmore before joining the army as a regular soldier and was in Fermoy, Ireland, when the First World War broke out. Robert went out to France on 12 September 1914 with the 1st Battalion Leicestershire Regiment. He was in a machine gun team and was killed by a shell on 17 November 1915 near Ypres. He is buried at La Brique Military Cemetery No 1, grave F.17, and is remembered on the war memorial in the churchyard in Cottesmore.

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  • Cottesmore Church
  • Cottesmore Memorial
  • Cottesmore Memorial 2
  • La Brique Military Cemetery No.1 1
  • La Brique Military Cemetery No.1 2
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4 images Some pictures of Mr Cramp’s headstone, taken 19 April 2015.
By John Stokes on Monday 20th April '15 at 7:47pm
A Rutlander, living in Belgium
2 images Visited Robert Cramp's grave on the 8th June 2015. The information posted on the website was very helpful in locating the grave. We are attempting to find out more about the circumstances and place where Robert fell. The day of Robert Cramp's death was on 17th November 1915 and the 1st Battalion Leicestershire Regiment had been transferred to the 71st Brigade on that day. There were no major actions recorded in the area on that day. We are visiting the Ypres Cloth Hall to have a look at their archives to see if they have any information. Chris Cramp Stamford Lincolnshire
By ccramp on Thursday 11th June '15 at 6:11am
After visiting the Ypres Cloth Hall archives, we were provided with a copy of the war diary of the 1st Leicestershire Regiment for the 17th November 1915. "German action with shell fire. One shell nearly knocked out one of our machine guns. Killed 2 and wounded 1 of the teams. Casualties A coy 1 killed 1 wounded B coy 1 killed." Earlier entries stated that the machine gunners had remained in billets at Poperinghe while the other contingents of the regiment had moved to the Yser Canal Bank north of Ypres. On the 14th November 1915 the machine guns were moved up to the front line at Wilsons Farm S16c where the two men were killed on 17th November 1915. As there were no fatalities listed in the diary from the 12th to the 25th November it can be reasonably assumed that the two fatalities were Private 9570 Robert Cramp and Private 9611 J H Archer (Son of Allen and Elizabeth Archer, of Hill Entry, Desford, Leicester). They are buried beside each other in La Brique No1 Cemetery. Later in the day on 17th November 1915 the machine gunners were withdrawn back to billets at Poperinghe. Wilsons Farm lies a short distance between the Yser Canal and La Brique. The site is now a business park. It is interesting to note from the war diary that 2nd Lt L. J. Clarence was listed as sick on the 16th November and yet it was not deemed important to name the two Privates who died the next day.
By Stiffy on Sunday 15th November '15 at 11:30am
We will be remembering Robert on 17th November 2015 the 100th anniversary
By Stiffy on Sunday 15th November '15 at 11:31am
3 images The position of Wilsons Farm in 1915 and today.Chris Cramp
By Stiffy on Monday 16th November '15 at 7:31am
Visited Robert, 22nd June 2017. If you want a good meal go round to the hospital café to the rear of the cemetery, great food at a reasonable price.Chris & Jackie Cramp
By Stiffy on Sunday 16th July '17 at 8:25am
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