24799 L/Corporal Percy Crabtree.

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11th Battalion, East Lancashire Regiment.

Awarded the Military Medal in the London Gazette of 21st October 1918.

Crabtree was a native of Nelson, Lancashire.

The Burnley Express of 10th August 1918 reported, NELSONIAN'S MILITARY MEDAL. Lance Corporal Percy Crabtree, 5, Percy Street, Nelson has been awarded the Military Medal for good work and devotion to duty during the recent heavy fighting. He is attached to the Headquarters of a battalion of the East Lancashire Regiment, and has been serving in France for two years. Before enlisting he was a teacher at the Bradley Council School. The Nelson Leader of 7th February 1919 reported the presentation of the M.M., to Crabtree by the Mayor of Nelson and added to the earlier report that the medal had been awarded for, "good work during the attack on the 28th June 1918, L/Corporal Crabtree persistently dressed the wounded under heavy shell and machine-gun fire. For thirty-six hours he worked without food, shelter or sleep and it was due to his untiring and gallant efforts that our wounded were dressed and evacuated so quickly. Also in the rear guard actions of March at Ayette and in April at the River Lys his work was beyond all praise and received the special notice of the Brigadier-General". Percy Crabtree was born at Padiham, Lancashire, in 1888. He returned to teaching after the war and after several local posts he became the headmaster of Lomeshawe School, Nelson. In 1944 he was appointed headmaster of Bradley School, Nelson from where he retired in 1948. He was a religious man working all his life for the Methodist Church and a lifelong teetotaller. His other interests included painting in watercolour, local history and photography. He was married with one daughter.

Percy Crabtree died at his home on the 8th November 1958.