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DAN CRAWLEY - extract from obituary in "The Era" - October 26th 1912

"The world of the halls will read with considerable regret of the death of Mr Dan Crawley, who has been cut off, at the age of forty, in the zenith of a very successful career. He passed away at his home in Clapton on Tuesday, after an operation or abscess on the lungs, which was performed by eminent surgeons from the London Hospital. The deceased comedian was distinguished for his clever rendering of dame parts in pantomime, and he mostly raised laughter in the halls by his portrayal of elderly ladies in reduced circumstances". He had a broad, vigorous touch in his comedy, and at the halls, where he was a favourite - the Metropolitan was one of them -no comic had a more uproarious reception than Dan.

The deceased, who leaves a widow and five children well provided for, was a devoted husband and father. The funeral is fixed for Tuesday next at 10.30, the internment being in Abney Park Cemetery. The widow desires to express through our columns her thanks to the entire profession for numerous telegrams of condolence. "

DAN CRAWLEY - extract from obituary in "The Performer" - October 31st 1912

"This respected member of the Variety Artistes Federation had been laid up for less than a fortnight, the end being painfully sudden, and following on an operation for abscess on the lungs. Mr Crawley was only 40 years of age, and leaves a widow and five children, who will have the deepest sympathy of all members of the profession. He was a devoted husband and father, and many others had reason to know of his kindly and charitable disposition.

The funeral took place on Tuesday morning last at Abney Park Cemetery, where his remains lie just in front of those of Herbert Campbell, another famous 'dame'. Apart from the immediate relatives and Mr Crawley's friend and songwriter Mr T W Connor, there was a large gathering of leading professional friends at the graveside, and many others were represented by beautiful floral tributes."

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