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Allen Craxford

Male 1836 - 1891  (55 years)


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  • Name Allen Craxford 
    Relationshipwith George William Craxford
    Born 1836  Gretton, Northamptonshire Find all individuals with events at this location 
    Christened 25 Jun 1837  St James the Great, Gretton, Northamptonshire Find all individuals with events at this location 
    Gender Male 
    Residence 1841  Gretton, Northamptonshire Find all individuals with events at this location  [1
    • Living with his grandfather
    Residence 1851  (170), Gretton, Northamptonshire Find all individuals with events at this location  [2, 3
    Military Service 1856-1862  China Find all individuals with events at this location 
    Royal Marine Artillery (including China Opium Wars) 
    Military Service 1862-1866  Rawalpindi, India Find all individuals with events at this location 
    Drummer then shoeing smith/ 928 Royal Artillery 
    Residence 1881  5, Handcross Alley, Croydon, Surrey Find all individuals with events at this location  [4
    Occupation 1881 
    • Blacksmith
    Residence 1891  100, Leighton Street, Croydon, Surrey Find all individuals with events at this location  [5
    Died 11 May 1891  Croydon, Surrey Find all individuals with events at this location  [6
    Cause: Phthisis 
    Person ID I327  Extended Craxford Family | The main Craxford branch RED pages I5 (James Ernest Craxford) + I77 (Arthur Craxford), The Craxfords of London - including Crauford - not yet attached to the main trunk
    Last Modified 11 Jan 2013 

    Father Robert Craxford,   b. Abt May 1812, Gretton, Northamptonshire Find all individuals with events at this location,   d. 1837, Gretton, Northamptonshire Find all individuals with events at this location  (Age ~ 24 years) 
    Mother Mary Woolley,   b. Abt 1813, Gretton, Northamptonshire Find all individuals with events at this location,   d. Yes, date unknown 
    Married 2 Dec 1834  St James the Great, Gretton, Northamptonshire Find all individuals with events at this location 
    • Reference:
    Family ID F148  Group Sheet,  Family chart

    Family Esther Jarvis,   b. 1843, Beddington, Surrey Find all individuals with events at this location,   d. Yes, date unknown 
    Married 1869  Croydon, Surrey Find all individuals with events at this location  [7
    • He is indexed as John Allen Crawford
    Children 
     1. Mary Craxford,   b. 1874, Croydon, Surrey Find all individuals with events at this location,   d. Yes, date unknown
     2. Allen George Crawford,   b. 1876, Croydon, Surrey Find all individuals with events at this location,   d. 1950, Luton, Bedfordshire Find all individuals with events at this location  (Age 74 years)
     3. Eliza Craxford,   b. 31 Dec 1878, Croydon, Surrey Find all individuals with events at this location,   d. Yes, date unknown
     4. Esther Craxford,   b. 18 May 1881, Croydon, Surrey Find all individuals with events at this location,   d. Yes, date unknown
    Last Modified 25 Jun 2009 
    Family ID F92  Group Sheet,  Family chart

  • Event Map
    Link to Google MapsBorn - 1836 - Gretton, Northamptonshire Link to Google Earth
    Link to Google MapsChristened - 25 Jun 1837 - St James the Great, Gretton, Northamptonshire Link to Google Earth
    Link to Google MapsResidence - 1841 - Gretton, Northamptonshire Link to Google Earth
    Link to Google MapsMilitary Service - Royal Marine Artillery (including China Opium Wars) - 1856-1862 - China Link to Google Earth
    Link to Google MapsMarried - 1869 - Croydon, Surrey Link to Google Earth
    Link to Google MapsDied - Cause: Phthisis - 11 May 1891 - Croydon, Surrey Link to Google Earth
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    Army discharge record of Allen Craxford
    Army discharge record of Allen Craxford
    Enlisting as a gunner in the Royal Artillery, he became a "shoeing smith" (farrier) and served in China and India. He was awarded the China Medal for action at the Taku Forts, Tientsin, China. This document is a record of a Regimental Board convened in respect of his discharge from service.
    Page 1:
    The Board sat at Rawalpindi, India on November 7th 1866
    He had a total of 11 years and 239 days service including 4 years 91 days abroad. He was being discharged on the grounds of ill health. He was noted to be of good character with no service defaults. He had been awarded the China Medal for his part in the action at Taku Forts (China Opium Wars)
    Page 2.
    Previous service of 6 years 290 days with the Royal Marine Artillery was noted. He was listed as a gunner in January 1862 and promoted to Shoeing smith in July 1863.
    Page 3.
    The cause of his disability was recorded as Hypertrophia Cordis (enlargement of the heart) This was said to be progressive and due to much fever and sickness in a variety of climates.
    The China Medal (with Taku Forts clasp)
    The China Medal (with Taku Forts clasp)
    The China Medal (properly called The Second China War Medal) was issued by the British Government in 1861 to members of the British Army and Royal Navy who took part in the Second Opium War of 1856 to 1860 against China. The medal's obverse shows the diademed head of Queen Victoria with the legend ‘VICTORIA REGINA’. The reverse has the same coat of Royal Arms and shield found on both the First China War Medal with the inscription ‘ARMIS EXPOSCERE PACIM’ and the word ‘CHINA’ in the exergue below.
    The clasps awarded were China 1842 (awarded to those who had already received the medal for the First China War), Fatshan 1857, Canton 1857, Taku Forts 1858, Taku Forts 1860 and Pekin 1860.

    BMD Certificates
    DC: Craxford, Allan (1891)
    DC: Craxford, Allan (1891)
    Husband of Esther. Phthysis is an old name for tuberculosis

  • Sources 
    1. [S63] 1841 England Census, Uppingham Gretton HO107/797 11 4 2 (Reliability: 4).

    2. [S236] 1851 England Census, Kettering Rothwell HO107/2093 166 42 (Reliability: 3).

    3. [S236] 1851 England Census, Uppingham HO107/2093 166 42 (Reliability: 4).

    4. [S34] 1881 English Census, Croydon RG11/811 27 47 (Reliability: 4).

    5. [S17] 1891 England Census, Croydon Christ Church RG12/598 56 45 (Reliability: 4).

    6. [S4] England and Wales, Civil Registration Index: 1837-1983, Croyden 2a 172 (AMJ 1981) (Reliability: 4).

    7. [S4] England and Wales, Civil Registration Index: 1837-1983, Croydon 2a 301 (OND 1869) (Reliability: 3).


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