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William Beverley Crowther

In memory of:

Major William Beverley Crowther

May 3, 1917

Fresnoy, France

Military Service


Age:

28

Force:

Army

Unit:

Canadian Infantry (Central Ontario Regiment)

Division:

3rd Bn.

Citation(s):

Military Cross, British War Medal, Victory Medal

Honours and Awards:

Military Cross

Additional Information


Born:

March 27, 1889
Toronto, Ontario

Enlistment:

April 2, 1916
Toronto, Ontario

Son of William C. and Kate M. Crowther, of Toronto, Ontario. Brother of Second Lieutenant Stanley Lorne Crowther who served with the Royal Flying Corps and died on September 20, 1917.

Commemorated on Page 223 of the First World War Book of Remembrance. Request a copy of this page.

Burial Information


Cemetery:

ECOIVRES MILITARY CEMETERY
Pas de Calais, France

Grave Reference:

VI. H. 11.

Location:

Mont St Eloi is a village in the Department of the Pas-de-Calais, 8 kilometres north-west of Arras. The village stands on high ground overlooking the battlefields of Vimy and Souchez and the main Bethune-Arras road, and the ruined towers that rise from it were used as an observation post during the French attacks at Neuville-St Vaast and Givenchy in May 1915. Ecoivres is a hamlet lying at the foot of the hill, to the south-west and about 1.5 kilometres from Mont St Eloi on the Arras-St Pol line. The ECOIVRES MILITARY CEMETERY is on the D49 road.

Information courtesy of the Commonwealth War Graves Commission.

Digital Collection

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  • Newspaper Clipping– In memory of the men and women memorialized on the pages of the Winnipeg Evening Tribune during World War One. Submitted for the project, Operation: Picture Me
  • Memorial– Photo from the National Memorial Album of Canadian Heroes c.1919. Submitted for the project, Operation: Picture Me.
  • Photo of WILLIAM BEVERLEY CROWTHER– Photo from the National Memorial Album of Canadian Heroes c.1919. Submitted for the project, Operation: Picture Me.
  • Newspaper Clipping– Submitted for the project Operation Picture Me. From the Annie Boyes collection courtesy of the Simcoe County Archives. http://www.simcoe.ca/dpt/arc
  • Graves registration form– Source: Library and Archives Canada. CIRCUMSTANCES OF DEATH REGISTERS, FIRST WORLD WAR Surnames: Crossley to Cyrs. Microform Sequence 25; Volume Number 31829_B016734. Reference RG150, 1992-93/314, 169. Page 181 of 890.
  • Newspaper clipping– From the Toronto Telegram April 1915. Submitted for the project Operation Picture Me
  • Newspaper clipping– From the Toronto Telegram November 1914, Submitted for the project Operation Picture Me
  • Photo of Beverley Crowther– From "The War Book of Upper Canada College", edited by Archibald Hope Young, Toronto, 1923.  This book is a Roll of Honour including former students who served during the First World War.
  • Memorial Tablet– Major W. B. Crowther is remembered on this brass Memorial Tablet.  It was unveiled on May 1st, 1921 in memory of Upper Canada College students who died on active service during the First World War.  Upper Canada College is located in Toronto, Ontario.
  • Grave Marker– The Crowther family monument is located at St. James Cemetery, Parliament Street (near Bloor), Toronto.  Brothers William Beverley and Stanley Lorne Crowther are remembered on this monument.  The monument overlooks a shallow valley towards the back of the cemetery.
  • Grave Marker Inscription– Detail of the memorial inscription for brothers William Beverley and Stanley Lorne Crowther.
  • Newspaper Clipping– Newspaper clipping of a letter written by W. B. Crowther just after the 2nd battle of Ypres.
  • Press Clipping
  • Royal Canadian Yacht Club Memorial– The Royal Canadian Yacht Club World War One Memorial, Toronto, Ontario.  
Images of the 1926 unveiling ceremony and the names listed on the side 
panels of the sun dial memorial. This unveiling and the photographs were 
presented in a special edition booklet entitled "In Memoriam 1914-1918".
  • World War I memorial tablet– World War One memorial tablet set in the chancel screen at St. Paul's (Anglican),  Toronto, Ontario.  The screen is in three sections, with the two outside sections displaying the tablets.  The chancel screen includes statues of twelve historic figures including Admiral Earl Beatty, King George V, Earl Kitchener, Marshal Foch, Earl Haig, and Lord Byng of Vimy.  The screen was the work of Messrs. J. Wippell & Co., of Exeter, England.

The great chancel war memorial windows are located above. These are inscribed:   "To the Greater Glory of God and in Everlasting Remembrance of the Men of St. Paul's Parish who gave their lives in Defence of Justice, Liberty and Truth, A.D. 1914-1919."  They were unveiled in 1921 by the Governor-General of Canada, Baron Byng of Vimy.  Another World War One memorial window in honour of the men named on the tablets is located on the east wall of the Nave.  The panels include fragments of glass from 70 buildings in the war zones.  It was unveiled by Baron Byng of Vimy in 1922.  Both windows were manufactured by Robert McCausland Ltd. of Toronto
  • Inscription– World War One memorial tablet, St. Paul's (Anglican), Bloor St. East, Toronto, Ontario.  One of two memorial tablets set within a spectacular carved alabaster chancel screen.  Erected in memory of the men of St. Paul's who died during the first World War and unveiled in March 1926.   Each alabaster tablet incorporates mosaic work depicting kneeling angels holding a laurel wreath and a torch.  Seventy-six names in total were listed by date of death.   Inscribed:  'IN CHRIST SHALL ALL BE MADE ALIVE', and from The Very Reverend Cyril Alington:   'And us they trusted. We the task inherit / The unfinished task for which their lives were spent / But leaving us a portion of their spirit / They gave their witness and they died content.'
  • Newspaper clipping– Article
  • Newspaper clipping– Article
  • Photo of WILLIAM BEVERLEY CROWTHER– Courtesy Wilf Schofield, England

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