Private William H Crews
|Regiment:||Devonshire Regiment, Depot Battalion|
|Date of Birth:||1864Born Kenn||Date of Death:||27/02/1919|
|Memorial:||Dawlish||Memorial Inscription||CREWS W.H. PTE. DEVONSHIRE REGT.|
It appears that William Henry Crews returned to Army service after the outbreak of war. The Commonwealth War Graves entry records that he had served in the South African Campaign, and that he was enlisted as a Private, service number 67964 with the Devonshire Regiment, Depot.
His grave, plot 1878, in Dawlish Cemetery, suggests that he died in Dawlish, but perhaps as a result of injury sustained. The Register of Soldiers’ Effects records that he died in a military hospital.
Association with Dawlish
William Henry Crews was the eldest child of Charles Crews (1839- ) and Charlotte Ann (1842-). Charles was born in Kenn and Charlotte was born in Dunchideock, and he was an agricultural labourer. By 1881 they were living at 4 Towsington Street, Exminster and William had joined his father as an agricultural labourer.
William married Caroline Bond (1861-1935) in 1891 (BMD ref July-Sep 1891,St Thomas, Vol 5b, p 71).
At some time William joined the army and this may have been ca 1901 when his wife, Caroline, is living at 7 Truman’s Court, High Street, Dawlish with three children:
Ethel Bessie 1893- born in Dawlish
William Charles1895- 1975 “
Reginald Henry 1900-1981 “
All the children are shown as having been born in Dawlish and so the parents may have moved to the town by 1893.
By 1911 he is shown in the census, living at 3 Priory Hill, Dawlish as an army pensioner.
|Devon Roll of Honour|
Commonwealth War Graves Site