Crathorne Edward Isham Charlton Anne’s father, Ernest, was a retired Captain in the Army. The family had multiple residencies, but at the outbreak of war, Crathorne was living at Burghwallis Hall, Doncaster.
Although Crathorne started his First World War military experience in the 6th battalion of the King’s Own Yorkshire Light Infantry in September 1914, he transferred to the Royal Flying Corp (RFC)s and trained as a pilot. Crathorne undertook reconnaissance work over enemy lines, gathering information, until his plane experienced an engine failure and caused him to crash. He returned to England to recuperate and have an operation on his nose and after his recovery became the Chief Instructor of Military Aeronautics in Oxford.
He was then posted as Chief Instructor at a school in Egypt. En route to take up this post on 15 April 1917, the ship he was travelling on, the H.M. Transport ship Arcadian, was sunk by a torpedo in the Aegean Sea. Crathorne immediately sprang into action to save his men but he went down with the ship. His Commandant, Colonel C. Saunders, D.S.O. described Crathorne as an ‘excellent instructor’ and a ‘splendid organizer’ with ‘brilliant and exceptional capabilities’. Crathorne had been married to his wife Annie Charlotte Ellen Miller for less than a year when he died. Crathorne is commemorated on the Mikra Memorial in Greece and also on the Burghwallis War Memorial.