Born at Derrythorpe in 1893, William was the eldest son and one of the six children of Smith and Dinah Crackle (nee Simpson). His father was a farm labourer from Belton and his mother was from Brigg.
In 1911 William was also a farm labourer, working for Thomas Clark on his farm at Battle Green, Epworth.
William enlisted with the Lincolnshire Regiment at Epworth in late 1914. Mostly likely the same day as Wiiliam Barnard as they have consecutive service numbers. He went out to France a month later than William Barnard, arriving on 15th May 1915. Most likely as a reinforcement for the 2nd Lincoln’s who were rebuilding from the casualties suffered at the Battle of Aubers Ridge. A disastrous action notably only for the award of the first Victoria Cross to a soldier of the Lincolnshire Regiment.
Following their losses in the Action of Bois Grenier on 25th September the 2nd Lincoln’s were placed in reserve for a week’s rest. They returned back to the trenches at Bois Grenier on 2nd October where they were subject to the routine dangers of life on the front line, artillery shelling and sniper fire. Unfortunately for William Crackle on 14th October 1915 he was the victim of one of these attacks and lost his life in the trenches at Bois Grenier. He is buried in White City Cemetery, Bois-Grenier.
William is remembered on both Althorpe War Memorials.