CRANE, James Edward

1902 - 1940

James Edward Crane was born at Ipswich on 25 May 1902, eldest child of James Alfred Crane (11 October 1877-30 April 1944), a joiner, and his wife Bertha Lilian née Pollard (11 August 1877-6 June 1967), who married at Ipswich in 1901. In 1911, James was an 8-year-old, living at 5 Cullingham Road, Ipswich with his parents, 33-year-old James and 33-year-old Bertha, with four siblings, Frederick Charles 7, Bertha Ethel 6, Florence Ellen 5, and newly born Constance Mary, all born at Ipswich. James married at Marylebone, London in 1927, Alice Maude Markell (6 September 1901-1988) and in 1939, a draughtsman, living at 35 Rushmere Road, Ipswich with his wife Alice and son Colin E. (born 27 July 1938) and an evacuee, Denis Howell. Two of Crane's paintings were exhibited at the Ipswich Art Club in 1942 'Peach in Splendour' and 'Waltz Dream', these were posthumous exhibits as James Edward Crane died at 35 Rushmere Road, Ipswich on 19 February 1940, aged 37.