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DO YOU REMEMBER: One of Rickmansworth’s fallen war heroes

 Published on: 26th July 2023   |   By: News Bulletin   |   Category: Uncategorized

In this feature, the Commonwealth War Graves Commission reminds us of a resident who fought and died for his country 80 years ago.

When the Second World War began, Alfred James Craft was 19 and living with his parents in Rickmansworth. He left his work as a gardener to enlist in the army, serving in the Bedfordshire and Hertfordshire Regiment before training to be a Commando.

Craft was awarded the Military Medal for his actions during at Dieppe and Berneval village August 1942, where he was among the last group to leave the beach, providing cover to the rest of the men evacuating.

Craft and his comrades landed on Sicily on July 10, 1943, successfully capturing the town of Cassible, before being withdrawn to a ship before undertaking the ‘most perilous enterprise’ ever given to No.3 Commando.

On July 13 they landed behind enemy lines at Agnone, tasked to proceed several kilometres inland to take and hold the key Malati Bridge. They managed to reach the bridge and to hold it for hours under increasing shellfire and while suffering more and more wounded and killed. One of those killed was Alfred Craft. He was 24 years old.

Photo Credit: Commonwealth War Graves Commission

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