Crabb, Lionel Kenneth Philip 'Buster'

Birth Name Crabb, Lionel Kenneth Philip 'Buster'
Call Name Lionel
Gender male


Event Date Place Description Notes Sources
Birth January 28, 1909 Streatham, South London, London Borough of Lambeth, England, United Kingdom  

Military Service 1922 Merchant Navy, United Kingdom  

Event Note

Between 1922 and 1924, Lionel Crabb served as a cadet in HMS Conway, the Mercantile Marine Service Associations School ship, and then served in the Merchant Navy.

Military Service   Royal Navy RN, HM Armed Forces, United Kingdom Ministry of Defence MoD  

Event Note

At the outbreak of World War II, Lionel Crabb joined the British Army as a Gunner.
He transferred to the Royal Naval Volunteer Reserve RNVR where he was trained as a Bomb Safety Officer BSO.
On November 7, 1941, he was promoted to Temporary Lieutenant Special Branch.

Event Note

In 1944, after Italy surrendered to the allies, Lionel Crabb served as Commander of anti-sabotage diving in northern Italy, and head of the Clearance Diving Team in Venezia.

Event Note

In August, 1945, Lionel Crabb was sent to Palestine to lead an underwater explosives disposal team removing mines placed by ITzL אצ"ל and Palyam פלי"ם‎.



Father Crabb, Hugh Alexander
Mother Goodall, Beatrice



  1. Crabb, Hugh Alexander
    1. Goodall, Beatrice
      1. Crabb, Lionel Kenneth Philip 'Buster'