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    Posted: 26 Oct 2011 at 18:52

CROMIEN, Laurence (Lawrence) Private 7716 1st Bn Royal Inniskilling Fusiliers

Born: Dublin Enlisted: Belfast, Co Antrim.

Age: 28 Date of Death: 30/06/1915 Cause: Killed in action.

*Family Notes: Son of Joseph Cromien and the late Hannah Doran Cromien, 22 Edlingham Street, East Belfast (formerly of 18, Clarence Street, Dublin); husband of Martha Matilda Lambert Cromien, of 167, Alfred St., Kingston, Ontario, Canada.

Religion: Roman Catholic. Trade/profession: Post Office Worker.


News is to hand that Private Lawrence Cromien, 1st Batt Royal Inniskilling Fusiliers, was killed in action at the Dardanelles on June 28. Deceased who formerly resided at Edlingham Street, Belfast, Came from Canada on the outbreak of war to rejoin his regiment. Prior to going to Canada he was employed in the G.P.O. Belfast. He leaves a wife and child who at present reside in Canada.


CROMIEN – Killed in action Private Lawrence Cromien (No. 7716) 1st Royal Inniskilling Fusiliers, at the Dardanelles on 30th June 1915. Inserted by his sorrowing parents, brothers and sisters. Joseph and Annie Cromien, 22 Edlingham Street, Belfast. Canadian Papers please copy.


CROMIEN – Private Lawrence Cromien (No7716) 1st Royal Inniskilling Fusiliers, killed in action at the Dardanelles on 30th June 1915. Deeply regretted by his beloved Sister and Brother-in Law Alex and Kate Wilkie, 41 Kilronan Street Belfast.      The Belfast Evening Telegraph, 30 July 1915.


Other family losses: His brother-in-law, 2nd Lieutenant Alexander Buchan Wilkie, 1st Bn Royal Irish Rifles died of wounds on 30/11/1917 and is interred in grave III. B. 21. Ypres Reservoir Cemetery, Ieper, West-Vlaanderen, Belgium.

Other notes: Private Cromien’s Medal Index Card shows him as entering the Gallipoli Theatre of Operations on 25/5/1915.

Will notes: Private Cromien in his will (dated 14/6/15) bequeathed all his personal effects to, “Marta Cromien” (spelling as per will records) presumably his wife.

Census Notes: The 1911 Census shows Private Cromien’s father, Joseph (Iron Turner at Toy works, aged 49) residing with his wife Annie (aged 39), at 22, Edlingham Street, East Belfast (it would appear that she was his second wife as they stated they had been married for 14 years at the time of the Census). Also present for the Census were their children, John (aged 17), Mary (aged 15), Annie (aged 13), Bernard (aged 10), Christopher (aged 8), Hannah (aged 6),  William (aged 3) and Eileen (aged 1); they stated that during their marriage they had eight children, all of whom were alive at the time of the Census. A Kate Cromien (aged 28) is also listed on the Cromien family Census return she is shown as a “daughter”.

Special Notes: Private Cromien is listed on the IWM records and Soldiers Died (Part 32), with his first name spelt “Lawrence,” note it is spelt in this manner in the family notices in the Belfast Evening Telegraph and on his Medal Index Card.

Grave/Memorial: Panel 97 to 101. Helles Memorial.

Irish War Memorial Records Page No: Volume II, Page 207.

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