Lieut Claude Norman Champion de Crespigny

Lieut Claude Norman Champion de Crespigny

Death 1 Sep 1914 (aged 26)
Burial Hatfield Peverel, Braintree District, Essex, England
Plot Family Plot.
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Casualty of the Great War,Claude was a Lieutenant in the 2nd Dragoon Guards (Queen's Bays). He was killed in action in the early days of the war before the rule regarding non-repatriation of remains was introduced.Repatriation was permitted for all service personnel until mid-1915. However, only about sixty officers were returned to the UK before then as there was a cost involved which ordinary folk could not meet. No ‘other rank’ was ever returned (except possibly the Unknown Soldier). A few occurred post-1918 but usually not battle deaths.He was initially interred at Nery, France then re-buried on November 12th 1914 at the second Champion Lodge in Maldon, Essex-the one in Camberwell, South London was built at the foot of Denmark Hill by Claude de Crespigny in 1717. The Prince of Wales visited the lodge in 1804 and Claude Champion de Crespigny, the then owner of the house, was made a baronet in 1805. The lodge, which was originally surrounded by a 30 acre park, was demolished in 1841. The family then moved to Maldon in Essex
He was 26 and the son of Baronet Claude Champion de Crespigny, and Georgiana Louisa Margaret Champion de Crespigny; husband of Olive Clara Rose Champion de Crespigny of Champion Lodge, Maldon, Essex.

The Champion de Crespigny Baronetcy, of Champion Lodge, Camberwell, in the County of Surrey, was a title in the Baronetage of the United Kingdom. It was created on 31 October 1805 for Claude Champion de Crespigny. The second Baronet sat as Member of Parliament for Southampton. The fourth Baronet was a well-known military adventurer and sportsman. He was eccentric enough to offer his services as assistant hangman to James Berry on the occasion of a triple hanging in Carlisle on 8 February 1886. Claude Champion de Crespigny, son of the fourth Baronet, was a soldier and polo player. The Champion de Crespigny family originated from Normandy, France. Thomas Champion de Crespigny (d. 1712) settled in England and served in the British Army.

Crespigny House in Aldeburgh is a mansion built for Sir Claud de Crespigny (first Baronet) in 1775. His brother Philip Champion de Crespigny (1738-1803) was MP for Aldeburgh 1780-1790.

Others of this name:

Claude (Claudius?) Champion De Crespigny (1620 - 1697)
Huguenot and officer in French army
1687 Left chateau de Vierville in France for England after the revocation of the Edict of Nantes.
He became a Colonel in the English army.
1697 Died. Buried in Marylebone.

Thomas Champion De Crespigny (1660 -?) Son of Claude
1717 Champion Lodge built on corner of Love Walk and Denmark Hill. 30 acres of parkland.

Philip Champion De Crespigny (1704-1765) Son of Thomas
His son was Claude Champion De Crespigny (1734 -1818) see below

Sir Claude Champion De Crespigny (1734-1818) Son of Philip
1804 Prince Regent visited Champion Lodge (Gentleman's magazine, Volume 74, Part 2)
1805 Claude Champion De Crespigny great-grandson of Claude Champion De Crespigny made First baronet.

Sir William Champion De Crespigny (1765?-1829)
1818 Became 2nd baronet

Sir Claude William Champion De Crespigny (1818-1868)
1829 Became 3rd baronet
1841 Champion Lodge demolished and new houses built on the land.
Family moved to Champion Hill House (No 29 Champion Hill?) + Wivenhoe Hall, Essex

Augustus James Champion de Crespigny (died 1825)

Sir Claude Champion De Crespigny (1847-1935) 4th baronet.

Sir Claude Raul Champion De Crespigny (1878-1941) Brigadier General
1935 Became 5th Baronet

Sir [Frederick] Henry Champion De Crespigny (1882-1946) 1941 Became 6th Baronet

Sir Frederick Philip Champion De Crespigny (1884-1947)
1946 Became 7th Baronet

Major, Sir Vivian Tyrell Champion De Crespigny
Birth: Apr. 25, 1907
Death: Mar. 4, 1952
Sir Vivian was a Major in the Royal Army Service Corps~Service Number 75927. He was 44 and was awarded the OBE.
Decorations: 8th Baronet [The title became extinct on his death in 1952.]
His name is included on the Armed Forces Memorial and on the Armed Forces Memorial Roll of Honour.
Buried in Kranji Military Cemetery
Kranji North West, Singapore
Plot: Section 2 Row E Number 26



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