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  • Family grave and headstone, Nottingham General Cemetery. Photograph Rachel Farrand (April 2018).
Person Details
14 Oct 1887
Stanningley Leeds
James Arthur was the son of James and Edith Crowson. James and Edith had five children, one of whom (Susan Ethel) died young: William Henry Crowson b. 14 January 1879 (J/F/M Leeds) baptised 2 April 1879 Kirstall St Stephen, Leeds; Susan Ethel born about 1880, baptised 26 December 1881 Burley St Matthias, Leeds, died 1884 (O/N/D Leeds); and James Arthur b. 14 October 1887, Edith Annie b. 3 February 1883 and George Ernest b. 11 July 1891, who were all baptised at Stanningley St Thomas, Leeds, on 27 September 1891. At the time of the youngest children's baptisms, the family was living at 6 Eldon Place, Burley , Leeds. Their father James was a police officer. By 1901 the family was living on Fitzwilliam Street, Mablethorpe, Lincolnshire. James (50) was described on the census as an 'ex-police constable' and was living with his wife Edith (47), and their three youngest children Edith (18) a draper's shop assistant, and James (13) and George (9) who were still at school. Edith married Gordon Leslie Bellman on 3 January 1905 at Mablethorpe St Mary, Lincolnshire, suggesting that her family was still living in Mablethorpe at the time of her marriage. However, by 1911 Edith (28) and Gordon (34), a coastguard (boatman) and a Naval pensioner, were living at 17 Custom House Street, Sutton Bridge, Wisbech, Lincolnshire. They had had three children of whom only two were at home on the night of the census: Edith Irene (3, b. Mablethorpe) and Henry Deuxberry (7 months, b. Anderby Lincolnshire); their oldest child, James Leslie (5), was with his grandparents in Nottingham. Like their daughter, James and Edith had also moved from Mablethorpe and in 1911 were living at 346 Meadow Lane, Nottingham, with their two youngest sons, James (23) who was working as a hairdresser on his own account, and George Ernest (19), an upholsterer. Also in the household on the night of the census was their married daughter's son, James Leslie Bellman (5). The eldest sibling, William Henry, was living with his wife and children at Springstone, Grosvenor Road, Skegness, at the time of the same census. James senior died in Nottingham on 14 February 1914 and his widow and youngest sons appear to have then left Nottingham as when James junior attested in 1915 he was living in Hunstanton, Norfolk, in YMCA accommodation. He was still working as a hairdresser. James named his mother as next of kin when he enlisted by which time she was living in Skegness. James' mother completed a form for the army in May 1919 listing her son's surviving blood relatives: Mother: Edith Crowson, 4 Dorothy Avenue, Skegness, Lincolnshire Brotheres: William Henry (40), 3 Dorothy Avenue, Skegness; George Ernest (26), Roman Bank, Skegness. Sister: Edith Annie Bellman (35), 4 Dorothy Avenue, Skegness. The CWGC record, compiled later, gives his mother's address as Wakefield House, Golf Road, Mablethorpe. Edith Crowson probably died in 1935 (March Spilsby Lincolnshire) aged 80. Edith Bellman died in 1968 (December Grantham) aged 85; her husband predeceased her (1934, September Spilsby).
He was a hairdresser in 1911.
21 Mar 1918
30
746293 - CWGC Website
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He was living in Hunstanton YMCA when he attested although UKSDGW gives his residence as Skegness, which was probably his mother's home.
Gunner
Royal Garrison Artillery
13th Siege Bty James attested on 9 December 1915 at the age of 28 years 2 months, and embarked at Southampton for France on 13 August 1916, disembarking at Le Havre the following day. He was admitted to hospital on 18 August 1916 and was not discharged back to his unit until 19 October the same year. He was granted leave to England from 24 October 1917 to 3 November 1917 and then had a further period in hospital from 23 November 1917 until 27 November when he returned to his unit. James was killed in action on 21 March 1918 having served for 2 years and 103 days. He has no known grave and is commemorated on the Arras Memorial, Pas de Calais (Bay 1).
Inscription on family gravestone, Nottingham General Cemetery: 'James Crowson born February 24th 185(?2). Died February 14th 1914. ‘Thy will be done. Also in proud memory of James Arthur Crowson, son of above, who was killed in France March 21st 1918, aged 30 years.'' James' age on the CWGC record is given as 29 years but that on the family gravestone as 30 years. He was born on 14 October 1887 and died on 21 March 1918 ie aged 30. James' personal possessions were returned to his mother at 4 Dorothy Avenue, Skegness, in September 1918; they comprised: 5½d in coppers, disc, photo, card, purse, letters, knife.
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  • Family grave and headstone, Nottingham General Cemetery. Photograph Rachel Farrand (April 2018).
    James Arthur Crowson - Family grave and headstone, Nottingham General Cemetery. Photograph Rachel Farrand (April 2018).
  • Family grave and headstone, Nottingham General Cemetery. Photograph Rachel Farrand (April 2018).
    James Arthur Crowson - Family grave and headstone, Nottingham General Cemetery. Photograph Rachel Farrand (April 2018).