George Edward Crowther (1920-1940)

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Biography

George Edward Crowther was born on 20 June 1920 in Huddersfield, the son of dyers labourer William Crowther and his wife Amy (née Womersley).

At the time of the 1921 Census, the family was residing at 10 Birkby Lodge Road. By 1939, his widowed father was working as an engineering labourer carrying out railway repairs.

He was educated at Birkby Council School and then worked as an apprentice turner for Hopkinsons Ltd. (Birkby) at their Britannia Works.

He served in the Royal Navy and died on 8 April 1940 when the HMS Glowworm[1] was sunk by the German cruiser Admiral Hipper[2] off the western coast of Norway.

Articles

Huddersfield Examiner (12/Apr/1940):

BIRKBY SAILOR REPORTED MISSING

Able-Seaman G. E. Crowther, of the Glowworm

Mr William Crowther, of 10, Birkby Lodge Road, Birkby, Huddersfield, has been notified by the Admiralty that his son, Able-Seaman George Edward Crowther, of the destroyer Glowworm, is missing and believed killed in action.

Able-Seaman Crowther’s twentieth birthday falls in June. He joined the Royal Navy about three years ago and on the outbreak of war was serving in the Mediterranean. He was home on leave about three weeks ago. Before joining the Navy he was an apprentice turner at Messrs. Hopkinsons, Ltd., Birkby. He attended Birkby Council School.

Commonwealth War Graves Commission

  • Able Seaman GEORGE EDWARD CROWTHER
  • Royal Navy
  • died: 8 April 1940
  • age: 19 years
  • record ID: 2668402

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