Charles Edward Crowther (1886-1918)
Charles Edward Crowther was the son of Thomas and Elizabeth Crowther, of 13 Moorhill Road, Salendine Nook, Huddersfield.
When, in 1875, Thomas Crowther of Salendine Nook married Elizabeth Battye, who came originally from Sheffield, he worked as a potter and had done since leaving school. By 1881 he and his wife Elizabeth, lived with their four-year-old son Joseph, named after his grandfather, at 12 Laund Road. Elizabeth told the census enumerator that she worked as a winder in a woollen mill. Married women with children working was very unusual at the time: it seems likely that young Joseph, who was at school, was often cared for by his grandparents who lived at 1 Laund Road.
In common with many of his neighbours Thomas worked at the Morton pottery located on Laund Road, indeed by 1891 they were living next-door to the proprietor, Robert Morton.
In all, the Crowthers had ten children of whom two died in childhood. Charles Edward was born in August 1886, and when he left Oakes Council School he worked as a worsted finisher. In fact none of the Crowther children — all but two, girls — worked at the pottery: all worked in the textile industry. By 1901, though still living on Laund Road at number 14, Thomas worked no at the pottery but as a carter on a farm.
Ten years later however, he was back at the pottery working as a labourer. In 1911 the family lived at 15 Moor Hill Road, a house owned by Salendine Nook Baptist Chapel. Charles later worked as a hydraulic presser in a woollen mill.
Charles enlisted on 10 April 1917, probably after being conscripted. He died of sickness in August 1918 in the Northumberland War Hospital at Gosforth, Newcastle-upon-Tyne. "Shell shock" was given as cause of death in the Huddersfield Examiner, however records of "Soldiers Effect" suggest he was serving with Base Detail of the Royal Garrison Artillery and cemetery records say he "died of sickness"; he may in fact, have never left the country though this is by no means certain.
Charles is buried in the graveyard at the Salendine Nook Baptist Church and remembered on the memorial inside the church.
Huddersfield's Roll of Honour: 1914-1922
The following extract is from Huddersfield's Roll of Honour: 1914-1922 (2014) by J. Margaret Stansfield:
- CROWTHER, CHARLES EDWARD. Gunner. No 154235. Royal Garrison Artillery. Born 14 Laund Road, Salendine Nook, Huddersfield, 25.3.1886. Son of Thomas and Elizabeth Crowther, Chapel House, Salendine Nook. Educated Oakes Council School. Employed as a hydraulic presser. Single. Enlisted 10.4.1917. Died in Northumberland War Hospital of shell shock, 12.8.1918, aged 32 years. Buried SALENDINE NOOK BAPTIST CHAPEL YARD. Grave location:- in East part.
Commonwealth War Graves Commission
- Gunner CROWTHER
- regiment: Royal Garrison Artillery
- died: Monday, August 12, 1918
- age: 32 years
- record ID: 2752195