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Capt Arthur de Bells Adam (MC)
1885 - 1916

CPL David Wallace Crawford
1887 - 1916

Lce-Corpl John Joseph Nickle
1894 - 1916

Pte 17911 Morton Neill
1897 - 1916

Lieut Edward Stanley Ashcroft
1883 - 1918
Lieut Edward Stanley Ashcroft

L/Cpl 15424 Charles George Croxson

  • Age: 21
  • From: Bromborogh, Cheshire
  • Regiment: The King's (Liverpool Regiment) 17th Btn
  • K.I.A Wednesday 12th July 1916
  • Commemorated at: Bernafay Wood Brit Cem
    Panel Ref: H.52
Charles was born in 1894 the son of George Croxon and his wife Hannah Maria(nee Bishton) and was Christened on 4/10/1894 at Thornton Hough, Cheshire.

The 1901 Census shows the family are living at Blakeley Road, Raby, Cheshire - Parents with children Charles G, Ethel, Lizzie and Hubert.

By the time of the 1911 Census the family have moved to Church Institute Cottage, Bromborough - Parents with Charles George, Ethel, Lizzie and Hubert.

Prior to enlistment Charles George was a clerk in a Shipowners office.

He enlisted in Liverpool joining the 17th Battalion of The King's Liverpool Regiment as Private 15424. 

He was billeted at Prescot Watch Factory from 14th September 1914, he trained there and also at Knowsley Hall. On 30th April 1915 the 17th Battalion alongside the other three Pals battalions left Liverpool via Prescot Station for further training at Belton Park, Grantham. They remained here until September 1915 when they reached Larkhill Camp on Salisbury Plain. He arrived in France on 7th November 1915. Charles will have been involved in the liberation of Montauban on 01st July 1916. The Pals next objective was clearing the heavily defended Trones Wood.

The murderous fighting that went on inside Trones Wood rendered it impossible to put specific dates on some of the casualties which is why many of the 17th Battalion losses have been bracketed as killed in action between 10th – 12th July 1916. The conditions are best described in the following passage from Everard Wyrall’s book The History of The King’s Regiment (Liverpool) Volume II. 

The remembrance of Trones Wood in July 1916 to those who passed through it is of a noisome, horrible place, of a tangled mass of trees and undergrowth which had been tossed and flung about in frightful confusion by the shells of both sides. Of the ghastly dead which lay about in all directions, and of DEATH, lurking in every hole and corner with greedy hands ready to snatch the lives of the unwary. The place was a Death trap, and although the attacks were made with great determination,   the presence of snipers who could not be detected and often fired into the backs of our men made the clearing of the wood impossible.

Charles was killed in action at Trones Wood, aged 21, and he now rests at Bernafay Wood Cemetery. 

His death was reported in the Liverpool Echo 4/8/1917:

-- Roll of Honour - CROXON –

In sad but loving Birthday remembers of Lance Corporal C. G, Croxson (1st Pals) killed in action Jly 12 1916 in his 22nd year. The eldest son of Mr & Mrs G Croxon, Bromborough.

“And with the dawn those angels faces smile, which we have loved long since and lost awhile

Killed On This Day.

(104 Years this day)
Wednesday 9th August 1916.
Sgt 15718 Charles Kenneth Imison
27 years old

(104 Years this day)
Wednesday 9th August 1916.
Pte 36764 Thomas Christopher Jervis

(104 Years this day)
Wednesday 9th August 1916.
Pte 22247 Thomas Pemberton Saul
27 years old

(102 Years this day)
Friday 9th August 1918.
2nd Lieutenant Frank Pockett Mccormick
28 years old