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In Memory of

Lieutenant Alfred Cronin

103221
54th Battalion, Canadian Infantry (Central Ontario Regiment)
Died 27th September 1918 Age 35

Before emigrating to Canada, Alf Cronin was employed at the Viaduct Works. He was a regular attender at the Baptist Church and Bible Class.

Having joined the Canadian Army on October 28th 1915, his attestation paper is available. This tells us that he was born in Liverpool on 24th March 1884. His next of kin was given as his sister, Mrs. A. Morris, of Lytham. He was five feet eight inches in height with a fair complexion, brown hair and blue eyes. He had a scar on his left wrist.

According to the NEG obituary published on 4th October 1918, Alf "had many narrow escapes whilst fighting in the ranks of the Canadian Contingent and had not been back with his regiment long after being granted a commission." There are no details regarding his death.

He seems to have been the first casualty buried in Bourlon Wood Cemetery, being in Plot I, Row A, Grave1.