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Zebulon was the only son of Zebulon and Mary Ann Caroline Relf (nee Simpson), he had a half-sister, Ethel, who was born before his parent's marriage in 1888. He was baptised on 14th December 1890 in Farnborough. He attended Raglan Road School and worked in a grocer's shop before becoming a clerk in a London firm.
When he enlisted in the Rifle Brigade on 11th September 1914 he was 5ft 8ins tall, weighed 130lbs, had a pale complexion, blue eyes and brown hair. He was sent to the Front on 24th March 1915 and was reported missing on 9th May after a severe engagement. It was not until 1st September that his parents received a letter stating "that he was wounded in that engagement in both arms, the chest, in the leg, and in the back." Then on 10th October they heard that their son had died, while a prisoner of war, in a hospital in Lille.
He was engaged to Eliza (Lila) Simpson of 26 Heathfield Road.
Zebulon's cousins W H & F D Crafter also died as did their sister Grace's husband R E Mockridge.
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