Percy William Crawley

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Percy William Crawley

Birthplace: Ottawa, Ontario, Canada
Death: Died in Ypres, Belgium
Cause of death: Killed in Action, April 22, 1915, 2nd Ypres
Place of Burial: Belgium
Immediate Family:

Son of Alfred Crawley and Mary Ann Crawley
Brother of Arthur A. Crawley and Ada Bella Crawley
Half brother of John Baiden Crawley; Evelyn Crawley; Norman Crawley; Laura Gladys Crawley and Clarence Thomas Crawley

Occupation: RR engineer, Canadian Army
Managed by: James Collinson Orme
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About Percy William Crawley


  • Rank: Private
  • Service No: 7843
  • Date of Death: 22/04/1915
  • Age: 30
  • Regiment/Service: Canadian Infantry 2nd Bn.
  • Panel Reference: Panel 10 - 18 - 26 - 28.
  • Additional Information: Son of Alfred and Mary Ann Crawley, of Ottawa.
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Percy William Crawley's Timeline

March 13, 1885
Ottawa, Ontario, Canada
September 22, 1914
Age 29
Valcartier, Quebec, Canada

Percy enlists at Valcartier, Quebec and is assigned to the 2nd Battalion CEF, C Company . Service Number: 7843

October 1914
Age 29

The 2nd Ballaion arrives at Davenport, England and marches to Bustard Camp

February 11, 1915
Age 29
St. Nazaire, France

2nd Battalion arrives at St. Nazaire, France

February 19, 1915
Age 29
Armentieres, Belgium

2nd Battalion enters trenches near Armentieres for the first time

April 22, 1915
Age 30
Ypres, Beglium

On April 22, 1915, the German Army attacks the Allied line at Ypres, Belgium. This is the first time that gas is used during the war. The CEF is at the focal point of this attack, holding a portion of the line between the French and British forces. As the attack progresses, the Canadian's fill the gap left by panicked French forces, and against overwhelming odds, hold the line for three days.

Percy Crawley is with the 2nd Battalion and is killed in action on the first day.

April 22, 1915
Age 30
Ypres, Belgium
April 1915
Age 30

Percy's remains are never identified, and like thousands of young Canadians, is memorialized on the MENIN GATE MEMORIAL at Ypres (Belgium)