Alas Arras 1917



Alas Arras 1917


James Henry Lakeman


Poem and Image (James Lakeman)


My mum, Valerie Joan Croucher wrote this heartfelt poem about the Battle of Arras in 1917.

Her grandfather, James Henry Lakeman, was lost there on 9th May 1917. He was 34 years old and a Private in the Devonshire Battalion Regiment, pt 26685.

James had married Olive Cuff, in April 1915 who was expecting at the time. They had met while working at Craig Y Nos castle in Wales; James a footman and Olive a laundry maid. Sadly his daughter Mary Lena Lakeman was only 2 years old when her father died at Arras. When James died he left Olive £3 1s 2d.

James was awarded the Victory medal posthumously on 26/6/1921.

My mum Valerie passed away in 2018, she loved writing poetry and this subject remained close to her heart, having never been able to meet her grandfather, James Lakeman.


9th April – 16th May 1917


Arras, France


Valerie Joan Croucher

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