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Some of the research for this blog posting has been done by Susan Martin, who is one of the volunteers currently working on the Queen Street project:


Victor was born in Wolverhampton in 1897, the youngest son of Frederick William and Mary Ann Amy Craddock. Frederick Craddock was a merchant’s metal buyer. He married Mary Ann Amy Smith in 1886 and Victor had two older brothers William George and Percy Frederick and two sisters Ida Theodora and Amy Maud. They lived at “Silverdale” 10 Oaklands Road, Wolverhampton. This was the house which Victor grew up in, and where his father died in 1947 (and possibly his mother who died in 1952).

Victor enlisted as a Gunner in the Royal Field Artillery (number 1042), before transferring to the “A” Battalion of the Tank Corps (number 200014). He was killed in Action  on 20 November 1917 at the age of 20 and is commemorated on the Cambrai Memorial, Louverval, the Queen Street Congregational Church roll of honour in Tettenhall Wood URC, and the St Paul’s Church war memorial.