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Shoeing Smith Corporal Frank Crowder, 51st Reserve Battery, the Royal Field Artillery

January 20, 2020

 

Remembering the Fallen:  on this day in 1917, Shoeing Smith Corporal Frank Crowder, 51st Reserve Battery, the Royal Field Artillery, died in hospital in England from injuries received ten days earlier on the Western Front.

The only son of a widow, Corporal Crowder was educated at the Fence and Mill Street day schools, then apprenticed as a farrier and obtained employment with a blacksmith.  He enlisted a week after the outbreak of the Great War, and arrived in France three months later. 

On the 10th of January in 1917 in France, Corporal Crowder and several other soldiers were spending the night in a dug-out.  One of his companions was woken up by a creaking noise and alerted the others to leave for their own safety, but on the way out of the dug-out a beam struck Corporal Crowder, crushing his back and hip.  He was hospitalised in Rouen, then transferred home to England, where ten days later, with his wife by his side, he passed away. 

Corporal Crowder was given a military funeral and lies buried in the Macclesfield Cemetery in Cheshire.  He is remembered in his home town on the Park Green, Town Hall and St. Michael’s Church memorials. 

Frank, from Macclesfield, was 36 years old and married with two daughters, his baby son having pre-deceased him.

 

 

 

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