Special ceremony to mark memorial for Private Crackett

A poignant ceremony was held to honour the placing of a commemorative headstone in memory of a soldier killed in the Second World War.

The special service took place at Amble East Cemetery on Saturday, following the siting of a memorial for Private Sydney Crackett.

Family members  at the headstone of Private Sydney Crackett in East Cemetery, Amble.

Family members at the headstone of Private Sydney Crackett in East Cemetery, Amble.

He served on the 80 TC Company for the Corps of Royal Military Police but died in a motorcycle accident while carrying out his duties in April 1942. It happened just a few months after his marriage.

Private Crackett was in his 20s when he was killed and is buried in the East Cemetery, but a memorial had been placed in the entrance to the town’s West Cemetery.

Recently, the Commonwealth War Graves Commission placed a commemorative headstone at his resting place.

The memorial at West Cemetery has been removed.

The service of rededication at Radcliffe War memorial.

The service of rededication at Radcliffe War memorial.

Saturday’s service was organised by Amble Town Council and Private Crackett’s descendants came from around the world.

Representatives from the Warkworth and Amble District branch of the Royal British Legion and the Military Police also attended.

Nephew David Crackett, who travelled from Italy, said: “It was a very emotional occasion. The town council has been very good in organising this service.”