Burnley Soldier Brothers
Express of June 12 1915 )
Mrs Crummett, who is well known as a wardrobe dealer on the Burnley Market
Place, has six soldier sons at present serving in the Army. Private John
Crummett, who is in the 18th Hussars, has been on service at the front
and has had six weeks in Glasgow Hospital suffering from a leg injury
and poisoning from the fumes of German shells. Private Harry Crummett,
who is an A.S.C. driver, went through the Boer War, and has been on active
service in the present campaign, and has had his jaw broken. The other
brothers and their regiments are:_ Sergeant James Crummett, of the A.V.C.,
Private William Crummett of the M.T., A.S.C., Private George Crummett
of the 1/5th East Lancashire and Privae Ernest Crummett of the County
The Burnley Express
of June 26 1918 reported;-
“In June 1915 we published a photograph of Mrs Crummett a well known
Burnley wardrobe dealer and her 6 serving sons. One of the sons has made
the supreme sacrifice. This is 60944 Private Jack Crummett who lived at
the time of his enlistment at 211 Briercliffe Road and whose wife now
lives at 1 Hinton Street. Private Crummett of the Machine Gun Corps was
killed on May 27th, an officer informing his wife in the following terms-
“ He formed a member of a party which was hastily gathered together
to repair a breach in the British line. The work that they were given
to do was very gallantly achieved, but, I am sorry to say only at the
sacrifice of their lives. You have at least the satisfaction of knowing
that it was for no vain purpose that he gave his life and also the consolation
that he was killed instantaneously. I send to you with this message the
deepest sympathy of my brother officers and myself, as well as that of
his comrades. He had not been with this company long but had proved himself
a very capable and proficient soldier. The unfortunate soldier was in
the 18th Hussars originally and spent six weeks in a Glasgow hospital
through a leg injury and gas poisoning from the fumes of German shell.
He was eventually discharged and joined up again in August 1916 going
again to France last Easter. He was a conductor on the Corporation trams
and attended St Peter’s Church. Three brothers are in France, a
fourth in the Manchester hospital through wounds and the fifth is in London.”
Burnley Tram Conductor. One Of Six Soldier Brothers Reported Killed.
( Burnley News of June 29th 1918 )
In a letter to Mrs Crummett who lives at 1 Hinton Street, Burnley, conveying
the sad news of the death of her husband Private Jack Crummett (60944),
John Crummett was christened at St Peter’s Church on 8/10/90 the
son of James and Annie Crummett of 6 Burns Street. His father’s
occupation was Collier.
John Crummett was admitted to St Peter’s Infant School on 31/7/95.
His date of birth was 4/1/89. His father was James Crummett and he lived
at 40 Bridge Street.. He was again admitted on 10/5/98 from Fulledge Weslyan
School and lived at 40 Bridge Street.
John Crummett was admitted to St Peter’s Junior School on 127/99
from the Infant School. His date of birth was given as 7/7/90. His father
was James Crummett and he lived at 40 Bridge Street..
Wedding on 24/12/12
at St Peter’s Church. John Crummett, aged 22 bachelor, collier of
40 Bridge Street, son of James Crummett, fishmonger, married Eleanor Maud
Latham, aged 20 spinster of 171 Oxford Road daughter of George Latham,
Collier. Witnesses were James Crummett and Edith Alice Whalley.
I came across your website by chance this evening and was amazed to see
a photograph of my great, great uncle Private John Crummett. John Crummett's
parents, James Crummett (1851-1938) and Annie Shackelton (1854-1925) are
my great, great grandparents. My great grandad is Private John Crummett's
brother, William (1886-1962).
If you have any more information on the Crummett family in Burnley, I
would be absolutely delighted to hear from you. I am interested in my
family's history and in fact have information on the Crummett line dating
back to 1791. It would appear that James Crummett (1851-1938) moved to
Burnley from Attleborough, Norfolk and married Annie Shackelton who was
local to Burnley. I presume this was because of the the industrial revolution
and the decline of employment in agriculture. My great grandad William
(1996-1962) married a lady called
Eva Osborne who was the daughter of Samuel Osborne (coal dealer) who I
understand was "big" in Burnley loca politics (Labour Party)
but have never been able to find out any information about this.