We attended the Drum Head Service in Kimberley on Saturday and it brought to mind Arthur Ernest Cranwell, whose name appears on the cenotaph at Kimberley.
Arthur was best pal of my grandfather and was killed, aged 22, in action on June 28 1915 in The Dardanelles whilst serving as part of the British Mediterranean Expeditionary Force.
I have a certificate issued to Arthur’s family ‘in affectionate remembrance’? The story told to me by my father who has recently passed away was that the certificate was given to my grandfather by Arthur’s family who were too upset by his loss.
With the certificate are photos and two letters written to my grandfather by Arthur shortly before embarkation to the Dardenelles.
My thoughts are two fold:
It is a moving story, a snapshot of hundreds of thousands from that dark time.
I would also very much like to reunite the certificate with Arthur’s family and pass on the bit of knowledge I have of him and perhaps publishing the story could help.
Arthur was the son of Thomas And Emma Cranwell, of Chapel Street, Kimberley.
My grandfather also served in the Great War in France but, I am told, would never speak of his experiences on his return.