Lance Corporal Gerald Patrick Cronin

Thank you to Lenka Cathersides for the following research.

Gerald Cronin Birth Registration Transcription © findmypast.co.uk

Gerald Patrick Cronin was born in the 2nd quarter of 1894 in Dorking, Surrey to 1st Class officer of the Inland Revenue James Cronin and Maud Cronin nee French.

Gerald Cronin 1901 Census © findmypast.co.uk

At the time of the 1901 Census, the family lived at Main Road, Handsworth, Sheffield, Yorkshire. James was still working at the Inland Revenue, while Maud was looking after their children: James French, Maud Marion, Gerald Patrick, Eileen Mary and Kathleen Ellen.

Gerald Cronin 1911 Census © findmypast.co.uk

At the time of the 1911 Census, the family had increased to include Rosaleen Mary, Constance Mary, Terence Hugh and Maurice Joseph. Maud stated that she had given birth to nine children. The accomodation at 318 Granville Road, Sheffield had six rooms.

Gerald Cronin enlisted in Sheffield into the 15th (County of London) Battalion (Prince of Wales´s Own Civil Service Rifles) London Regiment. He was a Private with regimental number 5672.

He disembarked on the 10th of September 1913 to France.

At the time of his death Gerald was still part of the 15th (County of London) Battalion (Prince of Wales´s Own Civil Service Rifles) London Regiment. He became a Lance Corporal and his new regimental number was 532736.

Gerald was killed in an action on the 7th of June 1917 in Belgium. His body was never found.

Gerald Cronin Menin Gate Roll of Honour © CWGC.org
Gerald Cronin Menin Gate Panel Listing © CWGC.org

He is commemorated on the Menin Gate Memorial on Panel 54.

Gerald Cronin WW1 Medal Roll Index Card © ancestry.co.uk
Gerald Cronin British War Medal and Victory Medal Award Roll © ancestry.co.uk

He was awarded the British War and Victory medals.

Gerald Cronin Probate Calendar © ancestry.co.uk

Gerald Cronin of 318 Granville Road Park, Sheffield left to his mother Maud Cronin £ 543, 13s and 10 in the Probate.

He also left to his mother Maud £2, 16s and 10d on the 1th of July 1918 and a further £5 and 10s on the 2nd of December 1919 in Soldier´s Effects.

Cronin Family History

Gerald Patrick´s father James Cronin was born on the 24th of June 1858 in Duagh or Listowel, Kerry, Ireland to farmer James Cronin Snr and Johanna Kennelly. James Cronin Jnr was baptised on the 26th of June 1858. He was a successful candidate for entry into Her Majesty´s Customs in December 1877 in Listowel.

Gerald Patrick´s mother Maud French was born about 1870 in Wellesbourne, Warwickshire to stud groom James French, born about 1823 in Ladbroke, Warwickshire and Jane French, born about 1833 in Baginton, Warwickshire. Maud was baptised on the 2nd of October 1870 in Wellesbourne, Warwickshire.

James Cronin and Maud French were married in the 4th quarter of 1890 in the Registration District of Daventry, Northamptonshire.

At the time of the 1891 Census, the family lived at High Street, Dorking, Surrey. James was working as an officer of the Inland Revenue and Maud was at home.

Gerald Patrick had eight siblings: James French Cronin born about 1892 in Dorking, Surrey; Maud Marion Cronin born about 1894 in Dorking, Surrey; Eileen Mary Cronin born about 1897 in Sheffield, Yorkshire; Kathleen Ellen Cronin born about 1900 in Handsworth, Yorkshire; Rosaleen Mary Cronin born about 1903 in Handsworth, Yorkshire; Constance Mary Cronin born about 1904 in Handsworth, Yorkshire; Terence Hugh Cronin born about 1906 in Handsworth, Yorkshire and Maurice Joseph Cronin born about 1909 in Sheffield, Yorkshire.

Born                       Dorking, Surrey
Lived                      Sheffield

Son of                     James and Maud (nee French) Cronin

Regiment                 15th County of London Battalion. Prince of Wales’ Own Civil Service Rifles. London Regiment
Number                   5672

Date of Death           7th June 1917
Place of Death          Near Ypres, Belgium
Cause of Death         Killed in Action

Age                            23

Memorial                  Menin Gate Memorial, Ypres