Leonard Croucher (1916-1989)

Dates

Birth: 24 January 1916 Mead End Cottages, Churt, Surrey, UK
Father: James Croucher 1860-1939
Mother: Ellen Fullick 1872-1943

Christening: 2 April 1916 St John the Evangelist, Churt, Surrey, UK

Marriage: 18 September 1937 St John the Evangelist, Churt, Surrey, UK
Wife: Sylvia Irene Deadman 1917-1986

Death: 10 May 1989 Churt, Surrey, UK

Children

Michael Leonard Croucher 1938-1938
John Stuart J Croucher 1940-a2010
Nigel Leonard Croucher 1954-c2017

Notes

Birth of Leonard Croucher, mother's maiden name Fullick, in FreeBMD in January-March 1916 in Farnham (2a 287).

Entry in Churt Baptisms for Leonard son of James and Ellen Croucher of Mead End Cottages, Churt on 2 April 1916 at St. John the Evangelist, Churt.

Marriage of Sylvia I Deadman and Leonard Croucher in FreeBMD in July-September 1937 in Surrey SW (2a 1451).

Entry in Ancestry Surrey, England, Electoral Registers, 1832-1962 for Leonard Croucher address Fairfield, Frensham, Farnham in 1937, other occupants James and Ellen Croucher (parents?) and Frederick Croucher (brother?).

Marriage of Leonard Croucher and Sylvia I Deadman in FreeBMD in July-September 1937 in Surrey SE (2a 1451).

Entry in Ancestry Surrey, England, Marriages, 1754-1937 for Leonard Cronacher (sic - in the index) aged 21, father James Cronacher, and Sylvia Irene Deadman aged 20, father Alfred Deadman on 18 September 1937 at Churt, St John the Evangelist, with Rushmoor. "1937 Marriage solemnized at The Parish Church in the Parish of Churt in the County of Surrey No. 238 September 18th 1937 Leonard Croucher aged 21, a Bachelor and Gardener of Fairfield, Churt, father James Croucher, a Gardener, and Sylvia Irene Deadman aged 20, a Spinster and Domestic Servant of 2 Parkhurst Cottages Churt, father Alfred Deadman, a Gardener. Married in the Parish Church according to the Rites and Ceremonies of the Established Church after Banns [...] in the Presence of us Millie Vera Dykes and Ronald Alfred Deadman".

In the 1939 England and Wales Register as Leonard Croucher born 24 January 1916, married, a gardener on a private estate and a Red Cross Stretcher bearer for N.P.L, and living with Sylvia J (sic) Croucher (wife?) at 2 Churt Acres Cottages, Hambledon, Surrey.

Two entries in Ancestry Surrey, England, Electoral Registers, 1832-1962 for Leonard Croucher address Churt Acres Cottages, Frensham, Farnham in 1938 and 1939, other occupant Sylvia Irene Croucher (wife?) in 1939.

His sons were born in Churt in 1938 and 1940 at Churt Acres Cottage, and in 1954 at Holmwood.

Eight entries in Ancestry Surrey, England, Electoral Registers, 1832-1962 for Leonard Croucher address 2 Parkhurst Cottages, Frensham, Farnham in 1946, other occupant Sylvia I Croucher (wife?), Glen Cottage, Glen Road (Beacon Hill), Hindhead frpm 1947 to 1948, other occupant Sylvia I Croucher (wife?), and Holmwood, Hale House Lane, Churt from 1953 to 1960, other occupant Sylvia I Croucher (wife?).

Holmwood was changed to Cedar Croft.

There are two entries in Ancestry British Phone Books 1880-1984 for L Croucher address Cedar Croft, Hale House Lane, Churt Number Headley Down 43473 in 1969 and 3473 in 1970.

His wife died in SW Surrey in 1986.

Entry in People Trace UK for Leonard Croucher - Cedar Croft, Hale House Lane, Churt, Farnham Gu10 2JG.

Entry in the Register of Deaths for Leonard Croucher, born on 24 January 1916, in May 1989 in Surrey SW (17 1118).

Entry in Ancestry England & Wales, National Probate Calendar (Index of Wills and Administrations), 1858-1966, 1973-1995 for Leonard Croucher died 10 May 1989 in Churt, Farnham, Sy, probate 4 August 1989 in Winchester. "Croucher, Leonard of Cedar Croft Hale House La Churt Farnham Sy died 10 May 1989 Probate Winchester 4 August £138949."

Entry in 100 Years in Churt U H S Snow p39 lists Mr. L Croucher as People's Churchwarden in 1964 and Vicar's Churchwarden in 1966.

There are eleven entries in Ancestry Public Member Trees for Leonard Croucher born on 24 January 1916 in Churt, Surrey, parents James Croucher and Ellen Fullick, his marriage to Sylvia Irene Deadman on 18 September 1937 at St John the Evangelist, Churt, and his death in May 1989 in Churt, Surrey. Mathew Savill adds his christening on 2 April 1916 at St. John the Evangelist, Churt. son of James and Ellen Croucher of Mead End Cottages, Churt, and the marriage witnesses as Millie Vera Dykes and Ronald Alfred Deadman, and three sons. There are also two other entries for Leonard Croucher born on 24 January 1916, but giving his parents as Frederick George Croucher and Mary Ann Fullick, one in Farnham and the other in Kingston Upon Thames - both are incorrect.

Entry in Further Relections on Churt Olivia Cotton 2004 p16 "Another brother Len Croucher, born 1916, was a respected and successful gardener in the village. At a time when larger houses had 2,3 or more gardeners, and when entry forms for the annual flower show displayed the gardeners' names, Len's duties at Barford Court included Sunday work on the two tennis courts which had to be mown and marked out ready for the afternoon tennis parties. His army service in World War II with the Queen's Royal West Surrey Regiment included captivity as a prisoner of war. After the war he worked at Court Barn for the Bullock family who later presented Len with a house in Hale House Lane." I believe he was captured in Burma and was a Japanese PoW.

Relationship

Leonard Croucher was my uncle and godfather. His wife was the sister of Frederick George Deadman, husband of his sister Ruth, married in 1935, and also the second great grandneice of Harriet Deadman, wife of Charles Croucher, his great grandfather.

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