Other names: Charles Alfred
Locations in this story: MesopotamiaBasra War Cemetery, IraqMelplash, Netherbury, DorsetSt. Peter's Church, ShaftesburyHoly Trinity Church, ShaftesburyDorchester
Story: Charles Alfred Crew was born in 1892 in Melplash, Dorset, and baptised there on 14th August, 1892. He was the son of Charles William Crew, a blacksmith, and Bessie Crew (nee Lane). At the time of the 1911 Census he was single, working as a school teacher and living at Melplash, Netherbury, Dorset. He enlisted In Dorchester in the 1st/4th Battalion of the Dorsetshire Regiment (Service No. 2223). He served in Mesopotamia and was awarded the Victory and British War medals. At the time of his death from cholera on 11th July 1917 he held the rank Corporal. He was buried at Basra War Cemetery, Iraq (grave id. VI.L.11). He is remembered on the Park Walk War Memorial and on the Holy Trinity Memorial, now in St. Peter's Church, Shaftesbury.