Major Horace John Crump RGA

An enigmatic man, and even the army were finding it difficult following him

1885 Feb 17. Born Hammersmith

1891 census at 41, Bayonne Road, Fulham

1893 Apr 5 baptised along with a number of his siblings

1901 census. I cannot find him in Ireland or England

1904 Feb 29. He joined the Army 29th Feb 1904, using the false name William John Crump. He was a Shunter

1906 Aug 16. Married in Queenstown, Cork to Mary Jane Irwin as Horace John Archer Crump. A few weeks before marrying Mary Jane Irwin, he converted from Church of England to Roman Catholic

1911 census - his wife is with her parents in Cork, no sign of him. He is in China, and is in 1911 xenus there with RGA

1911 Jul 29 Bought himself out of the army for £25 in Hong Kong. He got a refund of £9 when he enlisted in 1914

1913 May 9 His wife Mary Jane died in Rome.

1914 Aug 10 Enlists

1915 Mar 15. Landed in France

1915 Feb 14, Married Lydia Maud Fryerkelsey (he styles himself Horace John Archer Crump) - 3 children born Maud 1916, Horace J born 1918 and Frederick born 1931

1915 Dec 30 To be 2nd Lt. Royal Garrison Artillery. Horace John Crump

1917 Feb 12. The undermentioned to be acting Capts. whilst empld. as 2nd in Comd. of Batts.:— 2nd Lt. H. J. Crump, Spec. Res.

1918 Mar 27. RGA to be Acting major. Lt. (actg. Capt,.) H. J. Crump, Spec. Res

1919 Mar 16. RGA . The undermentioned relinquish the actg. rank of Maj.: — Lt. H. J. Crump, Spec. Res.

1920 Apr 1. ROYAL GARRISON ARTILLERY. The undermentioned Lts. relinquish their commns. And are granted the rank of Maj.: H. J. Crump.

1920 Oct 8. Joined ADRIC with service no 682. Posted E Coy

1921 May 5. Promoted Section Leader

1921 Jul 14 to 28 Jul on Leave

1921 Oct 6 to 19 Oct on Leave

1922 Jan 19. Discharged on demobilisation of ADRIC

1932 Jan/Mar died Kensington aged 47 Horace J Archer Crump