CRUTCHLEY, ALEC or ALEXANDER
|Parents||Mrs. Emma Crutchley||Yes||Does not appear in the database. He died too lateto be included.|
|Where born||Uttoxeter, Staffordshire||Yes|
|When born||About 1894||3|
|Address||Balance Hill, Uttoxeter||1b|
|Employment Before Joining up|
|When enlisted||August 1914||1b||2|
|Where enlisted||Uttoxeter Town Hall||1b||2|
|Regiment||North Staffordshire (Prince of Wales’s)||Yes||2|
|1st/6th (T.F.) Bn.||2|
|6th Bn. “C” Company||6|
|Date of Death||29 April 1920||Yes|
|Age at time of death||26, given that he was 22 in 1916||1b|
|Where Killed or died||England|
|How he died|
|Location of Grave or Memorial||
Uttoxeter Cemetery Grave New. I. 1945.
Intriguingly, Alexander (orAlec ) Crutchley does not appear on any of the town’s memorials, yet he is buried in Uttoxeter Cemetery and classed as Commonwealth War Dead.
He was born at Uttoxeter, a son of Mrs. Emma Crutchley and was one of three serving soldier sons[1b].
Before the war he was a member of the Oldfields Cricket Club in Uttoxeter and played regularly with the second eleven[1b].
He joined the 6th North Staffordshire Regiment during a rally held in August 1914[1b, 2] and left Uttoxeter Station with recruits to join “G” Company, 1st/6th, at Luton on the 29th of August 1914. This will have made him one of the elite band of men known as the “Old Contemptibles”.
On the 2nd of October 1914 the Burton Daily Mail reported that he was serving as 2653, Private, with the 1st/6th Battalion, North Staffordshire Regiment.
He went through the battle of Loos in October 1915 without a scratch. [1b, 2]
We also know that he was wounded in the right arm in the battle of the Somme[1b, 2]. The Regimental History confirms that he was wounded on the 1st of July 1916, the opening day of the battle.
We do not know anything about the circumstances of his death, but presumably it was a direct result of his service in the forces, otherwise he would not be classed as Commonwealth War Dead. He did not die until 17 months after the Armistice.
Alec is buried in Uttoxeter Cemetery
Two of his brothers also served[1b, 2].
In July 1916, when news was received that Alec had been wounded, Ernest was in the Army Serice Corps and John, a Reservist in the 1st North Staffordshire Regiment, was still undergoing treatment for wounds he had received at Neuve Chapelle[1b].