William John Croucher (1894-1968)


Birth: 5 July 1894 5 Cambridge Grove Road, Norbiton, Surrey, UK
Father: Edward Croucher 1872-1959
Mother: Elizabeth Fry 1873-1939

Christening: 29 July 1894 St Peter, Norbiton, Surrey, UK

Marriage: 26 December 1915 St Peter, Norbiton, Surrey, UK
Wife: Frances (Francis) Mary (Cecilia, Cicelia) Key 1888-1970

Death: 6 May 1968 24 Cowleaze Road, Kingston upon Thames, Greater London, UK


William Edmund Croucher1916-1996
Cecilia Frances Croucher1918-1919
Lilian Ivy Croucher1918-1918
Edward Charles Croucher1921-2017
Arthur G Croucher 1925-a1945
Leslie Croucher 1928-2003


Birth of William John Croucher in FreeBMD in July-September 1894 in Kingston (2a 324).

Entry in Ancestry Surrey, England, Church of England Baptisms, 1813-1917 for Wiliam John Croucher born 5 July 1894 and baptised 29 July 1894 at Norbiton, St Peter, parents Edward and Elizabeth Croucher. "Page 87 Baptisms in the Parish of St Peter's Norbiton in the County of Surrey in the Year One thousand eight hundred and ninety four [...] 1894 July 29th Born 5th July No. 691 William John parents Edward, a Labourer, and Elizabeth Croucher of Cambridge Grove Road".

In the 1901 census as William Croucher aged 6, born in Norbiton, Surrey and living with his parents (Edwd and Elizabeth), bother (Edward) and two siters (Edith and Ellen) in Almshouse, Chessington, Surrey.

In the 1911 census as William Croucher aged 17, born in Norbiton, single, a green grocer lad, and living with his parents (Edward and Elizabeth), and three sisters (Edith, Elizabeth and Lily) in four rooms at 75 Cambridge Grove Road, Norbiton, Surrey.

Marriage of William J Croucher to Frances C Key and Francis C Key (both on the typed original) in FreeBMD in October-December 1915 in Kingston (2a 1191).

Entry in Ancestry Surrey, England, Church of England Marriages and Banns, 1754-1937 for William John Craucher (sic), father Edward Craucher and Francis Cicelia Key. "Page 48 1915 Marriage solemnized at the Parish Church in the Parish of St Peter, Norbiton in the County of Surrey. No. 95 Dec 26th 1915 William John Croucher aged 23, a Bachelor and Labourer of 75 Cambridge Grove Rd, Norbiton, father Edward Croucher, a Labourer, and Francis Cicelia Key aged 24, a Spinster of 75 Cambridge Grove Rd, Norbiton, father Charles Abraham Key (Deceased), a Hatter. Married in the Parish Church according to the Rites and Ceremonies of the Established Church after Banns [...] in the Presence of us W G Smith and E T Lavender". The next entry is for the marriage of his sister Edith Sarah on the same day.

Entry in Ancestry British Army WWI Pension Records 1914-1920 for William John Croucher aged 23 8 months, address 75 Cambridge Grove Rd, Kingston, a bricklayer's labourer, height 6 ft 1.25 in, Chest 29 + 2 in, moles upper and outer angle of right breast and inner and lower part of right ?, next of kin Ceilia of same address, married on 26 December 1915, joined Labour Corps 285515 from 12 March 1916, posted to Middlesex Regiment, Tunbridge Wells 30 June 1917, posted Eastern Command Thetford 7 August 1917,, 12 March 1916, discharged from Reserve Labour Corp, late Middlesex 27 September 1917 as now longer physically fit due to myopia retinitis, gratuity £30, two children.

His six children were born in Kingston from 1916 to 1928.

In the 1939 England and Wales Register as William John Croucher born 5 July 1894, married, a builder's labourer, and living with Cecilia Francis Croucher (wife?), Edward, Leslie and William Croucher (sons?) and one other at 24 Cowleaze Road, Kingston upon Thames, Surrey.

Two entries in Ancestry London, England, Electoral Registers, 1832-1965 for William J Croucher address 24 Cowleaze Road, Canbury, Kingston upon Thames from 1964 to 1965, other occupant Frances C Croucher (wife?).

Death of William J Croucher in FreeBMD in April-June 1968 in Kingston/Ths (5c 666).

Entry in Ancestry England & Wales, National Probate Calendar (Index of Wills and Administrations), 1858-1995 for William John Croucher died 6 May 1968 in Kingston upon Thames probate 6 August 1968 in London. "Croucher William John of 24 Cowleaze Rd Kingston-upon-Thames died 6 May 1968 Administration London 6 August. £1578".

There are ninteen entries in Ancestry Public Member Trees for William John Croucher.

An email adds William and Frances lived at number 24 Cowleaze Road Kingston on Thames Surrey. William passed away in 1968. He had been drinking and had fallen asleep still holding a cigarette which dropped onto the bedclothes and smoldered. This caused the room to fill with toxic smoke which suffocated him. William inherited the house from his father Edward Croucher when he passed away, in 1959. Frances Croucher (her nickname was Sis) had beautiful black hair; It was so long she could sit on it.


William John Croucher was the first cousin once removed of Frederick George Croucher, husband of Mary Ann Fullick, my fourth cousin once removed.

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