William Harold Croucher (1883-1956)


Birth: October-Novenber 1883 Badshot Lea, Surrey, UK
Father: William Croucher 1855-1944
Mother: Annie White 1857-1929

Christening: 4 November 1883 St Michael the Archangel, Aldershot, Hampshire, UK

Marriage: 10 February 1912 Plumstead, Kent, UK
Wife: Emily Eliza Smith 1888-1970

Death: October-December 1956 Aldershot, Hampshire, UK


William Harold Croucher 1912-2005
Edward James John Croucher 1916-1994


Birth of William Harold Croucher in FreeBMD in October-December 1883 in Farnham (2a 129).

Entry in Ancestry Surrey, England, Church of England Baptisms, 1813-1917 for William Harold Croucher on 4 November 1883 at Aldershot, St Michael the Archangel, parents William and Annie Croucher. "Page 166 Baptisms solemnized in the Parish of Aldershot in the County of Hants in the year One thousand eight hundred and 83 [...] 1883 Nov. 4th No. 1326 William Harold [parents] William [a] Labourer [and] Annie Croucher [of] Badshot Lea".

His first brother was born at Badshot Lea, Surrey in 1886 and second brother in Aldershot in 1889.

In the 1891 census as William H Croucher aged 7, born in Badshot Lea, Surrey, and living with his parents (William and Annie), two brothers (Alfred J and Frederick L), and sister (Edith) at Church Lane, Aldershot, Hampshire.

In the 1901 census as William Croucher aged 19, born in Badshot Lea, Surrey, single, no stated employment, and living with his parents (William and Annie), four brothers (Alfred, Frederick, Edwin and Sidney) and sister (Edith) at 2 Uousena? Villas, Lower Farnham Road, Aldershot, Hampshire.

Entry in Ancestry UK, British Army World War I Service Records, 1914-1920 for William Harold Croucher 21892 SSM RASC, engagement expired 31 March 1920 aged 35 years 8 months with very good character dated 13 July 1921, address 18 Brighton Road, Aldershot, Hants, and applied for enlistment into Section D Army Reserve as a private, his address being given as 12 Elando Road, Aldershot. He was examnined on 2 February 1904 at Aldershot. He was born in Crondall, Surrey, aged 19 years 3 months, a groom, height 5 ft 6 in, weight 113 lbs, chest 33-35 in, fresh complexion, grey eyes, dark hair, good physical development, no smallpox marks, vacinated twice in left arm in infancy, tattooed WHC on left arm.and joined the Army Service Corps. He qualified as a Rough Rider at Aldershot 19 September 1907. He was in Rochester Hospital for 24 days in 1909. and was mentioned in depatches. He received the 1914 star and clasp and was in the BEF France. He married Emily Eliza Smith (Spinster) on 10 February 1912 at the Parish Church, Plumstead, Kent and had two children William Harold born 7 December 1912 in Romford and Edward James John born 21 January 1916 in Aldershot. There is a lot more information but difficult to read.

In the 1911 census as William Croucher aged 25, born in Crondall, Surrey, single, a corporal and instructor in the Army Services Corps, New Road, Woolwich, London.

Marriage of William H Croucher and Emily E Smith in FreeBMD in January-March 1912 in Woolwich (1d 1315).

His first son was born in Romford in 1912 and second in Aldershot in 1916.

Entry in Ancestry UK, British Army World War I Medal Rolls Index Cards, 1914-1920 for William H Croucher T/21892 1st Cav Divl ASC 1914 Clasp & Roses issued 14 February 1920. Clasp and Roses: Instituted in 1919 (Army Order Number 361 published 16 October 1919) and awarded to those who had operated within range of enemy mobile artillery during the period 5th Aug.-22nd Nov. 1914. When the ribbon bar was worn alone, recipients of the clasp to the medal wore a small silver rosette on the ribbon bar.

Death of William H Croucher in FreeBMD in October-December 1956 aged 73 in Aldershot (6b 2).

There are twenty nine entries in Ancestry Public Member Trees for William Harold Croucher.


William Harold Croucher was the fifth great grand son of Thomas Croucher

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