Craster in World War Two
1. Five men who died in the conflict are remembered on the local war memorials. Four of them were residents of the area and the fifth, Alexander Anderson, was a resident of Sunderland, whose parents lived in Dunstan.
2. Three of the men were in the RAF, one in the RN and one in the Royal Northumberland Fusiliers.
3. Three of the men, representing each of the three services, were lost at sea. Alexander Anderson RN was lost when his ship enroute to Gibralter was torpedoed, George Robert Archbold RAF when his aircraft went missing on a journey from Devon to the Outer Hebrides and Charle Caisley RNF when, as a POW, his Japanese ship was sunk by an American submarine enroute from Burma to Japan.
4. Stephen Sinclair and Frank Watson died when their planes were shot down, Stephen over France and Frank over Germany.
5. Conversations within the local community have led to the compilation of a list of thirty nine people from the area who were in the services during WW2.
6. This included four women, one of whom served in the ATS and the others in WAAF.
7. Of the men, nineteen were in the army, eleven in the RAF and six in the RN.