The Queens Own Royal West Kent Regiment

Corporal E Croucher


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Corporal Edward CROUCHER, G/6257, 8th  Battalion, Queens Own Royal West Kent Regiment, died of wounds, 83 General Hospital, Boulogne, France, at 5am, 28th June 1917, age 20. 

Born, Orpington, Kent, son of  *Reuben & Mary Ann Croucher, (nee Roberts), of 10, Mount Pleasant, Moorfield Road, Orpington, Kent. 

* Reuben Croucher died 1900 June Quarter, Orpington.

1901, December Quarter, Bromley Registration District, Mary Ann Croucher, married John Crawford.


1911 Census - Philanthropic Society's Farm School, Reformatory, Redhill, Surrey - Edward Croucher, inmate, age 13, born Orpington, Kent.

1911 Census - 10, Mount Pleasant, Moorfield Road, Orpington, Kent - Jonathan Crawford, head, age 50?, farm labourer, born Orpington, Kent; Mary Ann Crawford, wife, age 40, married 12 years, 2 children, both still alive, born Orpington, Kent; Rubin Croucher, son, age 15, farm labourer, born Orpington, Kent; Johnny? Croucher, son, age 10, school, born Orpington, Kent; Alfred Crawford, son, age 8?, born Orpington, Kent; Jackey? Crawford, son age 6?, born Orpington, Kent.


Enlisted Bromley, Kent, age 19 years & 4 days, height 5ft 3½ inches, 128lbs, several scars in front of both knees, scar & 2 moles in the middle of the back.  Resided 10 Mount Pleasant, Orpington Kent. Formerly farm labourer.

Home 22nd April 1915 to 10th October 1915; BEF 11th October 1915 to 28th June 1917.

22nd April 1915, enlisted & posted Depot, Royal West Kent Regiment; 28th April 1915, posted 3rd Battalion, Royal West Kent Regiment; 6th June 1915, Chatham, absent from 9.30pm till 9.30pm, 7th June, 5 days confined to Barracks, forfeits 2 days pay; 11th July 1915, Chatham, absent from 9.30pm till 9.30pm, 12th July, 7 days confined to Barracks, forfeits 2 days pay; 21st July 1915, Chatham, absent from rifle inspection, quitting Camp without leave, 2 days confined to Barracks; 26th July 1915, Chatham, having dirty cap & equipment on Parade, 3 days confined to Barracks; 2nd August 1915, absent from 9.30pm to 9.30pm on 3rd August, 5 days confined to Barracks, forfeits 2 days pay; 25th August 1915, Fort Darland, having dirty feet at foot inspection at 6.00pm, 2 days confined to Barracks; 8th September 1915, Fort Darland, absent from Parade at 2.00pm, 3 days confined to Barracks; 23rd September 1915, Fort Darland, absent from Parade at 8.45pm, breaking out of camp whilst a soldier in arrest at about 6.00pm 24th September & remaining absent until 9.10pm 1st October 1915, deprived of 16 days pay, forfeits 8 days pay; 11th October 1915, posted BEF & 8th Battalion, Royal West Kent Regiment; 1st January 1916, 72 Field Ambulance, Pas Planus (flatfoot); 1st January 1916, 20 Casualty Clearing Station, Pas Planus (flatfoot); 4th January 1916, to 10 Stationary Hospital; 9th January 1916, to Duty; 15th January 1916, 72 Field Ambulance, NYD; 16th January 1916 to 24 DRS; 16th January 1916, 10 Casualty Clearing Station, NYD, ankle; 18th January 1916, Etaples, 23 General Hospital, abrasion, left ankle, accidental; 3rd February 1916, Camieres, 24 Infantry base Depot; 15th June 1916, appointed paid Lance Corporal; 1st May 1917, promoted Corporal; 12th June 1917, wounded, multiple gun  shot / shell wounds, including hands and left eye; 14th June 1917, admitted 83 General Hospital, Boulogne.

29th July 1919, Statement of Relatives - Mother, Mary Ann Crawford; Brother - Jonathan Croucher, age 19. HM Forces; Half Brothers - Alfred Crawford, age 17, H M Forces; Jack Crawford, age 14, Mount Pleasant, Orpington; Sister - M A Smith, 28 Dumbar? Street?, West Norwood.

His brother Reuben also fell.

Buried at Boulogne Eastern Cemetery, IV. A. 18., Pas de Calais, France. Commemorated on Orpington War Memorial.


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