Name: CRABTREE, Thomas James
Rank: Sergeant (Navigator).
Regiment / Service: Royal Air Force (Volunteer Reserve) 635 Sqdn
Date of Death: 12/09/1944
Service No: 1676417
Cemetery: Reichswald Forest War Cemetery, Kleve, Nordrhein -Westfalen, Germany.
CWGC Certificate: Thomas James Crabtree
Grave / Memorial Ref: 7.F.16
Address or Parish: Clitheroe.
Additional info: Eldest son of Major James Joseph and Frances Mary Crabtree (Nee Smith) Married 1923, St Michael and St John, Clitheroe. Thomas Crabtree went missing after an operational flight (Ops). Was in a Pathfinder Squadron. Old Boy of Preston Catholic College and transferred to Clitheroe Catholic School. Prefect at School. Prominent in Sports. Promising young cricketer at Clitheroe Cricket Club. Member of the local A.T. S Squadron. Employed prior to the War at Messers Porter, Mathews and Marsden Accountants prior to joining the R.A.F. An address of 74 Pimlico Road is listed. Honoured at St Michaels and St John's Catholic Church Memorial, Clitheroe.
Photograph by Benjamin Steven, Clitheroe Youth Forum volunteer,
taken in Reichswald Forest War Cemetery, Kleve, Nordrhein - Westfalen, Germany 2016.
Further photographs of Thomas James Crabtree are in Ribble Vallew WW11 page 19
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