Frederick George Croucher (1866-1952)


Birth: 11 October 1866 Cuckfield, Sussex, UK
Father: William Croucher 1837-1869
Mother: Hannah Apps [Freeman] c1837-1910

Christening: 3 February 1867 Cuckfield, Sussex, UK

Marriage: 18 January 1902 St Augustine, Croydon, Surrey, UK
Wife: Kate Smith 1874-1942

Death: April 1952 Greenwich, London, UK
Burial: 16 April 1952 Greenwich, London, UK


Hannah Louise Croucher 1902-1979
William John Croucher 1903-1965
Frederick George Croucher 1906-1987
Annie (Anna) Maria Croucher [Garlick] 1910-1992
Winifred Jane Croucher [Franks, Searle] 1913-1995
Albert Douglas Croucher 1916-2006


Birth of Frederick G Croucher in FreeBMD in October-December 1866 in Cuckfield, Sussex (2b 143).

Entry in Ancestry England, Select Births and Christenings, 1538-1975 for Frederick George Croucher on 3 February 1867 in Cuckfield, Sussex, parents William and Hannah Croucher.

His father died a few months before the birth of his sister in 1869 and the family moved to Balcombe.

In the 1871 census as Frederick G Croucher aged 4, born in Cuckfield, Sussex, and living with his widowed mother (Hannah), and three brothers (Albert, Harry and Thomas W) and sister (Annie M) at 2 Norfolk Cottages, Balcombe, Sussex.

His mother married John Freeman in 1878.

In the 1881 census as Frederick Croucher aged 14, born in Balcombe, Sussex, and a farm servant living with Amos Longhurst (aged 66, born in Slaugham, Sussex, and a farmer of 220 acres employing 3 men and 1 boy), his wife (Mary Ann aged 67 and born in Clayton, Sussex), son (Amos aged 30, born in Slaugham, Sussex, single and a farmer's son), neice (Ada Gander aged 15 and born in Stratford, Essex), and a servant (Emily Gasson aged 18, born in Balcombe, Sussex and single) at Pilsty Farm, Cuckfield, Sussex.

Entry in Ancestry UK, Royal Hospital Chelsea Pensioner Soldier Service Records, 1760-1920 for Frederick George Croucher born 1866 in Cuckfield, Sussex, enlisted West Reding Regt 1673 in 1885.

I cannot find him in the 1891 census but he was not living with his mother.

In the 1901 census as Frederich G Crucher (sic - in the index, Croucher on the original) aged 33, born in Cuckfield, Sussex, single, a platelayer on railway, and living with his (step)father (John Freeman), mother (Hannah Freeman), cousin (Kate Smith - future wife), two boarders (Ernest Cheeseman aged 22, born in Gumshall, Sussex, single and a platelayer on railway, and Alford Hay Haylora aged 26, born in Balcombe, Sussex, single and a carter on farm) at Norfolk Cottages, Balcombe, Sussex.

Marriage of Frederick George Croucher and Kate Smith in FreeBMD in January-March 1902 in Croydon (2a 383).

His children were born in Cuckfield between 1902 and 1910.

In the 1911 census as Frederick George Croucher aged 44, born in Cuckfield, Sussex, an excavator at a builders, and living with his wife (Kate), two sons (Frederick George and William John), and two daughters (Annie and Hannah) in three rooms at No 2 Milton Road, Haywards Heath, Sussex.

His daughter and son were born in Broad Street, Greenwich in 1913 and 1916.

Entry in Ancestry British Army WWI Service Records, 1914-1920 (much illegible) for Frederick George Croucher aged 19, born in Cuckfield and number ??673 in the West Riding Regiment. He was aged 19, a labourer, height 5 ft 7.5 inches, weight 127 lbs, chest 35.75, dark complexion, hazel eyes, brown hair, and fit for service on 25 November 1885 in 3rd Batt Royal Sussex Regiment. His step father was John Freeman of 32 Norfolk Cottages, Balcombe, Sussex. He was in the West Indies between 5 October 1886 and 22 September 1888. He gained a 4th class certificate of education on 4 January 1887. He was discharged on 26 November 1897 on termination of first period of limited engagement. There is also an entry for Fred George Croucher of 5 Flat 94 Creek Road, Deptford aged 48 years 11 months who had served in the Duke of Wellington West Riding and attested on 29 September 1915 at Blackheath for 1 years service in 10 County of London Regiment. There is also an entry for Frederick George Croucher of 5 Flat 94 Creek Road, Deptford, SE aged 50 years 4 months, a platelayer who had been in the Duke of Wellington West Rid Y for 12 years RDC 119 Cvy and attested on 21 September 1915 in the Royal Engineers as a proficient sapper on 9 February 1917. There is a Trade Qualification Certificate from 261st Railway Company RE dated 12 December 1917 for a very superior rate of engineer pay for WR265653. There is a statement of disability dated 25 January 1919 for Frederick George Croucher WR178623 of Flat 1 94 Creek Road, Deptford aged 52 who joined on 24 September 1915 at Blackheath. An entry for Pte Croucher 3402 gives his next of kin as Mrs Kate Croucher 5 Flat 94 Creek Road Deptford, maiden name Smith married on 18 January 1902 at St Augustine, Croydon, and his children as Hannah Louise born 21 June 1907 at Balcombe christened on 19 July 1907 at Balcombe Church, Sussex, William John born on 7 October 1903 in Balcombe, christened on 6 November 1903 at Balcombe Church, Sussex, Frederick George born on 10 February 1906 at Balcombe, christened on 17 March 1906 in Balcombe Church, Sussex, Annie Maria born on 23 June 1910 at Haywards Heath, christened on 17 July 1910 at Haywards Heath. Winifred Jane born on 24 January 1913 in Greenwich, christened on 17 March 1913 at Deptford, ? Douglas born on 16 October 1916 in Greenwich and not yet baptised. Another entry gives similar information but gives the birth of Hannah Louise as 21 June 1912 and christened on 28 July 1912 which must be incorrect, gives the birth place of Winifred Jane and Albert Douglas as Broad Street, and the christening of the latter on 6 March 1913. In his medical history dated 29 September 1915 he was born in Cuckfield, Sussex, aged 49, employed as a gas stoker, was 5 ft 9 inches, chest 41 inches.

There are 24 entries in Ancestry London, England, Electoral Registers, 1832-1965 for Frederick George Croucher in 1919 to 1951, address 1 Ground Floor Flat, 94 Creek Road, Greenwich in 1919 to 1930, other occupants Kate Croucher (wife?), William John (son?) in 1925 to 1929, Frederick George Croucher (son?) in 1929 and Hannah Louise Croucher (daughter?) in 1929 and 1930, 55 Greenwich Road, Greenwich in 1931, other occupants Kate Croucher (wife?), Frederick Croucher (son?) and Hannah Croucher (daughter?), 103 Church Lane, Green in 1932 to 1934, other occupants Kate Croucher (wife?), Frederick George Croucher (son?), Hannah Louise Croucher (daughter), Anne Maria Croucher (daughter?) in 1932 and 1933, Anne Maria Garlick (married daughter?) and John Garlick (son-in-law?) in 1934, 371 Woolwich Road, Greenwich in 1935 to 1951, other occupants Kate Croucher (wife?) in 1935 to 1939, William John Croucher (son?) in 1936 and 1937, Maud Croucher (daughter-in-law?) in 1936 and 1937, Frederick George Croucher in 1935 to 1951 except for 1945 and 1946, Hannah Louise Croucher (daughter?) in 1935 to 1951, Winifred J Searle (married daughter?) in 1947 to 1951, Albert Douglas (son?) in 1939 and Albert Croucher (son?) in 1946 and Mary Croucher (daughter-in-law?) in 1946.

In the 1939 England and Wales Register as Fred G Croucher born 11 October 1866, married, a stoker (retired), and living with Kate Croucher (wife?), Albt??, Fredk Geo, and Hanh Lou Chroucher (children?) at 317 (sic - in the index, 371 on the handwritten original) Woolwich Road, Greenwich, London.

His wife died in Greenwich in 1942.

Death of Frederick G Croucher in FreeBMD in April-June 1952 aged 85 in Greenwich (5c 451).

Entry in Deceased Online for Frederick George Croucher buried 16 April 1952 in Greenwich.

There are six entries in Ancestry Public Member Trees for Frederick George Croucher.


Frederick George Croucher was the grandson of William Croucher.

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