Cromie, Henry (No. 1888355)

Cromie, Henry (Harry)

Lance Corporal

No. 1888355, 3 Field Squadron, Royal Engineers

Died on active service on Monday 23 March 1942 (aged 30)

Buried:

Knightsbridge War Cemetery, Acroma, Libya (Collective grave 8. C. 12-14)

Commemorated:

Commonwealth War Graves Commission

Ballywalter and District War Memorial (as Sapper Harry Cromie R.E.)

Ballywalter Presbyterian Church (as Harry Cromie)

BIOGRAPHY

Henry (Harry) Cromie was born on 10 December 1911 in Ballywalter and he was a son of Thomas and Eva Cromie (nee Brennan) who lived in Ballywalter.  Thomas Cromie worked as an agricultural labourer and he and Eva Brennan were married on 17 March 1909 in Ballywalter Church of Ireland Church.  Thomas Cromie (aged 21), a labourer, was a son of David Cromie, a labourer.  Eva Brennan (aged 20), an embroiderer, was a daughter of James Brennan, a fisherman.  Their son Thomas was born 5 August 1909 in Ballywalter.

During the First World War Thomas Cromie Senior served as a Private with the 16th Battalion, Machine Gun Corps and he was in France when his son James was born on 12 June 1918 in Ballywalter.

Harry Cromie’s nickname was Majury.  He moved to England and was married in Cheshire.  During the Second World War Lance Corporal Harry Cromie (No. 1888355) served with 3 Field Squadron, Royal Engineers.  In a letter dated 17 February 1942 to his aunt May Cromie (nee McMath and wife of Harry’s uncle, Robert Cromie), Harry was looking forward to the end of the war and returning to England where he said the prospects for work were good.

Robert James Cromie and May McMath were married on 9 May 1919 in Ballyblack Presbyterian Church.  Robert James Cromie from Ballywalter was a son of David Cromie, a labourer.  May McMath from Ballywalter was a daughter of John McMath, a labourer.  Robert and May Cromie’s son, David John Cromie, was on active service during the Second World War and he survived.

On 23 March 1942, Lance Corporal Henry (Harry) Cromie (No. 1888355) died and was buried in Knightsbridge War Cemetery at Acroma in Libya.  There was an airfield and advance fuelling station at Acroma which was an important point on the Eighth Army supply route.

Lance Corporal Henry (Harry) Cromie’s cousin, Stoker 1st Class David Cromie (No. D/KX 152720) and his second cousin, Gunner Robert (Bobby) Cromie (No. 1476595) also died in the Second World War.

Lance Corporal Henry (Harry) Cromie (No. 1888355) was 30 when he died, and he is commemorated on Ballywalter and District War Memorial (as Sapper Harry Cromie R.E.) and in Ballywalter Presbyterian Church (as Harry Cromie).