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WWI War and Victory Pair to S/32364 Pte. G. Crane of the Rifle Brigade K.I.A. 21/22 March 1918
Condition – E.F.
George Crane resided in Woking and joined the 10th Battalion of the Rifle Brigade in 1917. He was quickly transferred to the 3rd Battalion of the Rifle Brigade with the service number S/32364. He served in France in early 1918 with his regiment in the 17th Brigade of the British 24th Division.
Pte. Crane first saw action with the 3rd/Rifle Brigade on the 21st March 1918, the first day of the Great German Offensive. The Rifle Brigade was placed in a triangular position near the village of Le Verguier. All attempts by the Germans to penetrate this position were thwarted by the 3rd/Rifle Brigade. However, later in the evening, the Germans began to move around Rifle Brigade’s flanks. Pte. Crane was defending an area known as “Cooker Quarry” and the 3rd Battalion became surrounded when the order to withdraw failed to reach the Rifle Brigade. Although the Brigade resisted valiantly, the men were eventually overrun by 20.00 hours of the 21st March. Unfortunately, Pte. G. Crane was killed in action during the heavy fighting of his first action aged 19.
He was initially listed as missing in action on 22nd March 1918 and he was only listed as missing in action presumed dead on 9th May 1918. He is remembered with Honour on the Pozieres Memorial.
The medal pair is sold with copies of the MIC, CWGC., Service Medal and Award Rolls, the Army Registers of Soldiers, and church memorial plaque naming George Crane. This is a very desirable pair of medals in E.F. condition.