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Name: Joseph CREEN
Casualty No.: Ranks: Gunner Initials: J Service No.:
Date of Birth : - Place of Birth : Crawcrook, Ryton on Tyne, Co. Durham. Age at Death: 32
Unit: 7/4 Maritime Regiment, Royal Artillery.
Former Unit(s):
Place Enlisted:
Place of Residence: Crawcrook, Ryton on Tyne, Co. Durham.
Home Address: 13 Chesters Gardens, Crawcrook, Ryton on Tyne, Co. Durham.
Previous Address: Broomfield Terrace, Westburn, Crawcrook, Ryton on Tyne, Co. Durham.
Civilian Employment: Miner at Clara Vale Colliery.
How Died: Lost at sea.
Date of Death: Thursday 13th August 1942
Place of Death:
Locally Commemorated: Ryton War Memorial, Station Bank, Ryton on Tyne, Co. Durham. Emma Colliery Memorial, Crawcrook, Ryton on Tyne, Co. Durham. St John's Church, Roll of Honour, Greenside, Ryton on Tyne, Co. Durham.
UK Commemorated: Plymouth Naval Memorial, Devon.
Overseas Commemorated: -
Buried: No known grave.
Decoration and Medals: 1939-45 Star. Atlantic Star. War Medal.
Photographs: 2
Service Records: No
Death Notice/Obituary:
Family Details:
Son of John and Elizabeth Creen, of 13 Chesters Gardens, Crawcrook, Ryton on Tyne, Co. Durham. Brother: Hugh. Sisters: Mary, and Catherine.
Notes : The Creen family originated from the Gosforth area of Newcastle upon Tyne and were connected with the parish and church of St. Agnes, Crawcrook. Father served with the Northumberland Fusiliers during World War 1 and there is evidence to suggest he was pensioned out of the Army. Hugh, who served with the Royal Artillery during World War 2, was also loaned to the Merchant Navy as a Light Anti-Aircraft Gunner and had survived several ships he had served with being sunk by the enemy. Mary, who trained as a District Nurse, was a well respected professional who served with distinction the communities of Crawcrook and Ryton for many years. Catherine married a miner, John Hamill, who served with the RAF during the war. A telegram sent by Joseph to his parents dated, November 1941, informed them that his vessel Ormonde had docked at Durban, South Africa, and all was well.
Sources Used: Commonwealth War Graves Commission Debt of Honour Register. Blaydon Courier, 29th January 1943. Information from relatives.
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