John William Crowther
PATRIOTS DEATH FROM WOUNDS (Burnley Express 21/9/1918)
Mr. and Mrs.
Pomroy, 5 Harold-street, Burnley have been deprived of their only child,
Pte. John Wm. Crowther (67237) Machine Gun Corps, whose death resulted
from a gunshot wound in the back, at the 55th Casualty Clearing Station
, France, on the 2nd September. The intimation that Pte. Crowther had
been wounded was received on Wednesday September 4th, and official notice
of his death was communicated a week later. Though of fine physique, Pte.
Crowther in the early days of the war made several unsuccessful efforts
to enlist, his rejection being due to a defect in his sight. He was, however
accepted in the East Lancashire Regt. in August, 1916, and spent a period
of training at Plymouth. After his first furlough he was transferred to
the Machine Gun Corps, and went to France in February, 1917. Being badly
gassed in July last year, he spent over eight months in recovering, and
on the 17th April last he again went overseas. He was 23 years of age,
and had previously worked as a driller at Messrs. Butterworth and Dickinson’s,
and had spent a period at Barrow. He was connected with the Sandygate
Day and Sunday Schools and was an enthusiastic Aston Villa footballer.