Charles Joseph Cripps

Rank Private
Service No G/10659
Date of Death 03/11/1916
Age 25
Regiment/Service The Queen's (Royal West Surrey Regiment) 1st Battalion
Memorial Thiepval Memorial, in the Somme region of France. This commemorates some 72,000 UK and South African officers and men who died in the Somme sector before 20th March 1918 and for whom there is no known grave. Over 90% of those listed died between July and November 1916.

Charles Joseph Cripps was born on 17th September 1891 in Plumstead, South London and baptised on the 12th June 1892 at Christ Church Plumstead. His parents were Joseph Cripps (1857-1932), a salesman, and Eliza Emma Cripps, nee Forrester (1864-1946). He had four siblings, Mabel (b.1889), Harry (b.1895), Douglas (b.1890) and Alfred (b.1894). In 1911, the family lived at 16 Vineyard Terrace, Long Lane, Finchley and Charles was employed as the assistant manager of an electrical appliances shop.

Charles married Lily Choat (1889-1968), the daughter of a shepherd. They had one child, Lily Kathleen (1914-2007). He enlisted with the Queen’s (Royal West Surrey) Regiment after 1915 and was killed in action on 3rd November 1916. In the electoral register of 1915 the family are recorded as living at 88a Station Road, Finchley.