Service Number 131056
Regiment Royal Field Artillery
William Ernest Crampton was born in Leeds in 1890, the son of William James Smith Crampton and his wife, Mary Jane Crampton. In 1911 the family were living in Northgates, Wetherby. William was aged 21, was living with his parents and was employed as an auctioneer's clerk. On the 29th October 1913, William married Florence Milner in Collingham parish church and five years later, in the electoral roll for Linton, he was living at Hawthorn Cottage, Linton.
William is shown on both the electoral rolls for 1918 and 1919 as being Absent due to Naval or Military Service. It is likely that he served as Gunner WE Crampton in the Royal Field Artillery with a service number of 131056 but his service record has not survived and so we cannot yet be certain about this. If this is the correct man he was discharged from the Army on the 12th September 1919.
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