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Crowther Morton

Birth

Crowther Morton was born on August 1, 1885 in Whitehaven, Cumberland. His parents were Elizabeth (neé James) (aged 40) and Crowther (aged 60).

Early Life

Crowther’s sister, Irene, was born in January 1887 when Crowther was one year old, and his older sister, Marguerite, was born in 1884.  At the time of the 1891 Census, they were living at 10 Wellington Row, in Whitehaven. Crowther’s father passed away in April 1897 at the age of 71 – he had been a prominent Freemason and a member of Lewis Lodge in Whitehaven. Crowther was educated at the Royal Masonic School from 1895-1901. This was a school for the education of the sons of Freemasons, whose family could not afford to pay the fees themselves. Crowther’s father was 69 at the time of his son starting at the school, and he passed away two years later.

Chester College

Crowther attended Chester College and left in 1907 as a qualified teacher. He went on to teach in Camberwell, South London and lived at 26 Benedict Road, Brixton, with his mother, who had been a school mistress before her retirement, and his sister, Irene, who was also a teacher.

Military Service

Crowther enlisted into the British Army at Somerset House, London and joined the 1/15 (County of London) Battalion (Prince of Wales' Own Civil Service Rifles) Regiment as Private, 2369 Cameron Morton. The Medal Roll for the 15th Battalion City of London states that he landed in France on March 18, 1915, which would suggest that he enlisted in the autumn of 1914. The 1/15th Battalion had been formed at Somerset House in August 1914, which is where Crowther enlisted; it was first at Bedmond, then from November 1914, at Watford, to complete training. The Battalion, including Crowther, landed at Le Havre on March 18, 1915.

Lest We Forget

Crowther was wounded on October 24, 1915 while repairing wire and died of wounds two days later on October 26, 1915. He was 30 years old. The Register of Soldiers’ Effects shows that his outstanding pay at the time of his death (£3 16s 6d) was paid to his mother, Elizabeth, on January 3, 1916, as was his War Gratuity of £4 0s 0d, paid on August 25, 1919.

Post Mortem

Crowther was awarded the 1915 Star and British War and Victory Medals. He is buried at Philosophe British Cemetery, in France.