Croft, Philip Reginald

Although he died long after the war, Croft was added to War Cloister as his active service had been the direct cause of his death. He was the son of Septimus Croft JP, of St. Margaretsbury, Ware. His mother was Ada D’Alton Croft, daughter of James Lodge de Montmorency, of Greenwich Hospital. After Winchester, Croft went up to Christ Church, Oxford, taking his degree in 1905. In 1910 he joined the London Stock Exchange, working for Messrs Marnham & Co, and on December 7th of that year married Edith Ada Aorangi Godby.

On the outbreak of war, he enlisted as a Private in the London Yeomanry, but transferred to the RFA, reaching the rank of Captain in 1915. He served with IV East Anglia Brigade, RFA, a Territorial unit, which was part of 54th (East Anglian) Division. When 54th Division went to Gallipoli in July 1915, the divisional artillery remained in England, and there was some re-titling, so that Croft’s unit became 273 Brigade RFA.

The artillery units of 54th Division moved to France in November 1915, where the men were scattered, attached to 2nd, 7th and 12th divisions. In February 1916, 273 Brigade rejoined 54th Division in Egypt, having been re-armed with modern equipment in England. In December the unit was again re-named, becoming 270 Brigade, and served with 54th Division in Egypt and Palestine until the end of the war.

At some point Croft was wounded or fell ill, from which he never recovered, and was invalided out in 1918. He died five years later, aged thirty-nine.

War: World War 1

  • Surname: Croft
  • Forenames or initials: Philip Reginald
  • House: B
  • Years in School: 1897-1902
  • Rank: Captain
  • Regiment: Royal Field Artillery, East Anglian Brigade
  • Date of Birth: 22nd January 1884
  • Date of Death: 25th February 1923
  • How Died: Died of Wounds
  • Location in War Cloister: Outer G5
  • Decoration: NA
  • Burial Site: Unknown