Harold Craddock


Harold Craddock (1895 – 1953) was born in New Road, Whitecroft and his father worked in the mines as a road repairer. He started work at 14 at the Princess Royal Colliery as a hodder. In 1920, he was sponsored by the FDMA to attend a two-year course at the Central Labour College in London starting in September 1920. He returned to the Forest in the summer and worked as a baker for the local Co-operative Society in Yorkley during the 1921 lockout.

In 1923. he was elected as the representative of Princess Royal on the FDMA Executive. He married Florence Hampton in 1925 and had one daughter. He was blacklisted after the 1926 Lockout but remained a member of the FDMA Executive until 1928. He obtained work again as a baker in Yorkley for the Co-operative Society.

In 1928 he was elected as Vice-President of the Forest of Dean Labour Party and elected as a Labour councillor to West Dean District Council.

In 1931 he was elected to the Bream ward of Newland Parish Council and in 1938, he was a member of the Lydney Board of Guardians. In 1946 he was elected to the county council as a Labour councillor for the Bream ward.



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