Harold Crines (1897-1921)

This page is part of an ongoing project to commemorate and research the lives of those who appear on war memorials and rolls of honour in the local area, or who served in the military.


Harold Crines was born in 1897 at Huddersfield, the son of dyer's labourer John Crines and his wife Emily Etta.

As a teenager, he worked as an apprentice joiner.[1]

In October 1911, he was placed on probation for one year after stealing "a watch belonging to Chas. Arthur Waddington from the Ramsden Street Swimming Baths".[2]

He married Ethel Wain after the end of the First World War.[3]

He continued to serve as a member of the Territorial Army and was a drummer in the 5th Battalion. Whilst encamped at Whitby on 31 July 1921, he was involved in a late-night incident on the pier which resulted in his death by drowning. A verdict of manslaughter by person or persons unknown was returned by the coroner, as it had proved impossibly to identify who had been responsible.[4]

Huddersfield's Roll of Honour: 1914-1922

The following extract is from Huddersfield's Roll of Honour: 1914-1922 (2014) by J. Margaret Stansfield:

CRINES, H. Private. No 4604481. 5th Battalion Duke of Wellington's Regiment. Died at home, 31.7.1921. Buried EDGERTON CEMETERY, HUDDERSFIELD. Grave location:- 11B, 177.

Commonwealth War Graves Commission


Notes and References

  1. 1911 Census.
  2. Leeds Mercury (24/Oct/1911).
  3. Marriage recorded in Q1 1920 at Huddersfield.
  4. "Yorkshire: Territorial's Death" in Sheffield Daily Telegraph (03/Aug/1921).

Harold Crines (1897-1921)


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