Blackpool Times 04/10/1917
GUNNER GEORGE CROFT
Killed in Action at His Gun
Much sympathy is felt for Mrs Croft, of 38, Cecil Street, Greenhill, Blackpool, who has received official news that her son, Gnr. George Croft, was killed in action on 4th October.
Gunner Croft, who was 24 years of age, and single, and after about six weeks’ training at Preston and Woolwich was drafted to France. Previous to enlisting he was in the butchering business with his brother, Tom Croft, Lord Street, Blackpool, who joined up some months ago, and another brother, Private Croft, of Percy Street, Greenhill, who was taken to hospital suffering from gas effects.
The first intimation to his mother, Mrs Croft, was a letter from Corpl. Kearns, of the R.F.A., as follows:
“Dear Mrs. Croft, - just a few lines to tell you that the parcel you sent to George has arrived at the Battery but as you will have been informed, he was killed a few days ago. I shared the contents of the parcel among his comrades. Well, Mrs Croft, I am writing you