Lucius Francis Crane

Rank Second Lieutenant
Service No Unknown
Date of Death 08/08/1918
Age 36
Regiment/Service Worcestershire Regiment 14th Battalion
Cemetery Hermies Hill British Cemetery, France. Hermies is a town south-east of Cambrai. The cemetery was begun in November 1917, carried on until March 1918 and further graves were added in the following September.


Lucius was born at 31, Great Russell Street, Bloomsbury, central London, on 15th July 1882 to Thomas Crane (1844-1903), an artist and illustrator, and his wife Ellen, nee Starling (1851-1917). Some of his father’s works are now located in the British Library’s Fine Art Print archive. His grandfather was also an artist and had many works displayed at the Royal Academy. His uncle, Walter Crane, is considered one of the most influential children’s book creators of his generation, and was the first illustrator of Tennyson’s ‘The Lady of Shallot’. 

Lucius had one brother, Arthur Thomas (b.1873), a photographer’s assistant. He was baptised at St George’s, Bloomsbury on 13th August 1882. At the time of the 1891 Census, the family were living with two servants at 2 Melrose Villas, Ballards Lane, Finchley, in the parish of Christ Church North Finchley. At the time of the 1901 Census, the family were living at 7 Coleridge Road, Hornsey. Lucius was employed as a solictor’s article clerk.

Lucius was educated at Christ’s College, Finchley and Campbell College, Belfast. Lucius married Dorothy Kate Leighton (1880-1956) at St James, Muswell Hill on 17th July 1910. The couple moved to 10 Collingwood Avenue, Muswell Hill, where Lucius worked as a solicitor, and had one son, Thomas Grenville Crane (b.1912).

Having previously served as a territorial soldier in the 1st battalion of the Middlesex Regiment from April 1900 to April 1910, Lucius enlisted on 11th December 1915 being transferred to the Army Reserve list. He was mobilised and posted to 28th London Regiment as a private on 13th September 1916. He embarked from Southampton on 4th November 1916, arriving at Le Havre two days later. He joined his battalion in the field on 9th November 1916 and was commissioned as a Second Lieutenant with the Worcestershire Regiment on 1st August 1917.

Lucius left his unit on 16th March 1918, being given leave in England from 19th March to 1st May 1918, as he had been gassed. He was killed on 8th August 1918, though military records stated 8th October until they were corrected at the end of the war. His estate was valued at £935 3s 10d. At the time of his death, Lucien’s wife was living at 10 Sunnyside Road, Muswell Hill.