Private William H Crews

Service Army Service No. 67964
Rank Private
Regiment:Devonshire Regiment, Depot Battalion
Date of Birth: 1864
Born Kenn
Date of Death: 27/02/1919
Memorial: Dawlish Memorial Inscription CREWS W.H. PTE. DEVONSHIRE REGT.

Service History

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 he died in No 5 War Hospital, Exeter from broncho pneumonia.

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
Additional Information Commonwealth War Graves Site

Next of Kin: Caroline Crews, wife.
Last Known Address: 3 Priory Hill, Dawlish

CWGC website

Dawlish cemetery headstone.

Free BMD refs

References via susbscription (ancestry)

Census entries