CRANE, Lionel James
- Born: Jun 1896, Wayland, Norfolk
- Marriage (1): ARMIGER, Lucy in Dec 1922 in Wayland, Norfolk
- Died: 17 Jun 1940, St. Nazaire, France aged 44
Rank: Leading Aircraftman
Service No: 408226
Date of Death: 17/06/1940
Regiment/Service: Royal Air Force 73 Sqdn.
Grave Reference: Grave 17.
Cemetery: LA PLAINE-SUR-MER COMMUNAL CEMETERY
Additional Information: Son of James and Clara Crane, of Merton, Norfolk; husband of Lucy Crane, of Merton.
Most of the casualties buried here lost their lives when a troopship, the S.S. Lancastria, with about 5,000 men aboard was bombed and sunk by the enemy off St. Nazaire on 17th June, 1940. Originally two American airmen were also buried in this cemetery, but their remains were exhumed by the U.S. Army authorities in 1949 for re-burial in an American cemetery.
Noted events in his life were:
• Probate: £185 2s 2d to Lucy his widow, 19 Jul 1941, Norwich, Norfolk.
Lionel married Lucy ARMIGER, daughter of John Cotts ARMIGER and Anna Catherine OLIVER, in Dec 1922 in Wayland, Norfolk. (Lucy ARMIGER was born on 3 Aug 1897 in Middleton, Norfolk and died on 1 Mar 1986 in Huntingdon, Huntingdonshire.)