Guardsman Henry Ettling CRESSWELL


Regiment/Service:
Grenadier Guards
Unit:
3rd Battalion
Service Number:
35564
Date of Death:
9 October 1920 - Died at home
Age:
18
Cemetery / Memorial:
Grave Reference:
South-west part of Churchyard.



Personal History:

According to the Birth Index Henry was born in the December quarter 1901 in Birkenhead, Cheshire, the son of John Thomas (Instrumentalist) and Lydia Anne (née Goddard - see Footnote below) Cresswell.

Lydia was the daughter of George Goddard, a Music Dealer in the town, and they married in 1895 (There is still a "Goddard's Music Shop" at 45 High Street, Buxton today [2014])
When they married John was working in Liscard, Cheshire, as a "Musician" and the couple returned there after their eldest son, George, was born in 1898. Their other children, Doris, Henry and Hilda, were born in Liscard. However, John Thomas died in the September quarter 1905 and Lydia and the children returned to Buxton to live with her father and older siblings at 2 Marlow Street, Fairfield Road, Buxton. (1911 Census RG 14/21235)

Military History:
Henry's Service Records do not appear to have survived; however, it is known that he enlisted in the Grenadier Guards after the Armistice, on the 12th May 1919. It soon became apparent that he was suffering from Tuberculosis and he was discharged on the 2nd September 1919.

After returning to Buxton after being demobilised, Henry worked as a "Butcher's Assistant", but the following year he was taken ill and died from 'phthisis pulmonalis' or consumption. He was buried in his local Churchyard, near to the family home in Fairfield.


Footnote:
· Lydia Cresswell's brother, Private 28374 Edward Percy Graham GODDARD, died of wounds on the 19th August 1917

Sources:
· "Buxton, Burbage, Chelmorton, Harpur Hill, Peak Dale, King Sterndale and Wormhill REMEMBERED" - Keith Taylor [2014]
   ISBN 978-1-906789-99-2, p. 362


Commemorated on:
Because of the date of his death Henry's name is not included in any of the Town and local Memorials.
Link to CWGC Record
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Henry Cresswell's grave