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50927 Second Corporal
T. CHRICTON
Royal Engineers

by
Lieutenant Colonel Edward De Santis 2008

Chricton enlisted as a Sapper in the Royal Engineers for service in the Great War of 1914-1918. He was posted to the 103rd Field Company, R.E. with the 24th Division.

The 103rd Field Company moved from Shoreham (September 1914), to Worthing (December 1914), back to Shoreham (April 1915) and then to Aldershot (June 1915) before embarking for France. The company disembarked at Boulogne on the 31st of August 1915 and took part in the following major actions in France and Flanders:

Loos: 25 September - 5 October 1915
Delville Wood: 15 July - 3 September 1916
Guillemont: 3-6 September 1916
Ginchy: 9 September 1916
Vimy: 9-14 April 1917
Messines: 7-14 June 1917
Pilckem: 31 July - 2 August 1917
Langemarck: 16-18 August 1917
St. Quentin: 21-23 March 1918
Rosieres: 26-27 March 1918
Avre: 4 April 1918
Cambrai: 8-9 October 1918
Selle: 17-25 October 1918
Valenciennes: 1-2 November 1918
Sambre: 4 November 1918

Chricton survived the war and rose to the rank of 2nd Corporal. He was awarded the 1914-15 Star, British War Medal and Victory medal for his service.

REFERENCE:

Battle Honours of the Royal Engineers. The Royal Engineers Journal, 1925-1932.