Rennie (Renny) was born in Clayton and the census returns show Clayton addresses for 1901 and 1911. He was the son of William and Emily Craven and is known to have had a step brother and step sister, two brothers and one sister.
The family address for 1911 was 5 Victoria Street, Clayton and living there at that time were William and Emily, Elizabeth Rawnsley (step daughter) and her own daughter Marjorie, Rennie and his brother Herman and sister (Laura) Annie. Rennie at that time was aged 17 and an apprentice wool sorter.
Rennie married Eva Woodhead at Queensbury Parish Church on 12th August 1916, there is no record of them having any children. On the Queensbury roll the address for Rennie is Clifton Street.
Serving in the 9th (Northumberland Hussars) Battalion, Northumberland Fusiliers Rennie was killed in action on 14th April 1918. On that date the Battalion were in trenches at Armentieres and were subject to several attacks. The war diary gives a very detailed report on the day’s action and shows that all the Battalion were in action including men who would normally not be in the front line as they fought back against these attacks.
Rennie has no known grave and is commemorated on the PLOEGSTEERT MEMORIAL (Panel 2).
A Herman Craven, born Bradford enlisted Bradford, died on 5th June 1918, he served in the Machine Gun Corps and was a Prisoner of War. He is buried in Hamburg, it is not confirmed if this was Rennie’s brother.