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Forename(s): Norman

Place of Birth: Rastrick, Yorkshire

Service No: ---

Rank: 2nd Lieutenant

Regiment / Corps / Service: Suffolk Regiment

Battalion / Unit: 15th (Suffolk Yeomanry) Battalion

Division: 74th (Yeomanry) Division

Age: 27

Date of Death: 1918-10-14

Awards: ---

CWGC Grave / Memorial Reference: V. A. 6.


CWGC Memorial: ---

Non-CWGC Burial: ---


Additional Information:

Norman Crowther was the son of Arthur and Mary Catherine Crowther, née Aspinall. Arthur was born at Lindley near Huddersfield and Mary at Thornbury near Bradford, Yorkshire.

1891 Rastrick, Yorkshire Census: Elm Grove - Baby Crowther, aged under 1 month, born Rastrick, son of Arthur and Mary Catherine Crowther.

1901 Rastrick, Yorkshire Census: 118, Rastrick Common - Norman Crowther, aged 10 years, born Rastrick, son of Arthur and Mary C. Crowther.

1911 Grassington, Yorkshire Census: Morningside - Norman Crowther, aged 20 years, born Rastrick, Yorkshire, son of Arthur and Mary Catherine Crowther. [Address is given as 47, Hall Royd, Shipley near Bradford on census form.]

British Army WW1 Medal Rolls Index Cards: Pte Norman Crowther, 241706, E. Kent R.; 2/Lt Ches. R. (attd to 15th Suff. R.). Theatre of War first served in: Egypt. Date of entry therein: 19.11.17. K. in A. 14.10.18. Correspondence: A. Crowther Esq. (Father), Brooklyn, Grassington, Yorks.

British Army WW1 Medal and Award Rolls: 2 Lieut A [sic]. Crowther, att Suff. R. K. in A. 14.10.18.

Army Registers of Soldiers' Effects: 2 Lt N. Crowther, 3rd Bn Cheshire att Suffolk. Date and Place of Death: 4.10.18. [sic] K. in A. To whom issued/Amount: Exors. - Arthur Crowther Esqr. Mrs. Mary Crowther. £105 5s. 4d.

UK, WW1 Pension Ledgers and Index Cards, 1914-1923: 2nd Lieut Norman Crowther, 3rd Cheshire att 15th Suffolk Yeo. Father. [No other details given on card.]

The 15th (Suffolk Yeomanry) Battalion, Suffolk Regiment was formed in Egypt from the dismounted Suffolk Yeomanry on the 5 January 1917.

Norman is commemorated on the Rastrick Grammar School War Memorial.

A short biography of Norman is included in: ‘Swaledale & Wharfedale Remembered – Aspects of Dales’ life through peace and war’ by Keith Taylor (2006).

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2nd Lieutenant Norman CROWTHER

2nd Lieutenant Norman CROWTHER

Regiment / Corps / Service Badge: Suffolk Regiment

Regiment / Corps / Service Badge: Suffolk Regiment

Divisional Sign / Service Insignia: 74th (Yeomanry) Division

Divisional Sign / Service Insignia: 74th (Yeomanry) Division

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Forename(s): Norman





Rank: 2/Lt

Regiment: Cheshire Regiment

Battalion: 3rd Battalion


Died Date: 14/10/18

Died How: Killed in action

Theatre of War:

Notes: (Att 15th Suffolk Rgt)

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Forename(s): Norman

Country of Service: United Kingdom

Service Number:

Rank: Second Lieutenant

Regiment: 3rd Bn. Cheshire Regiment attd. 15th (Suffolk Yeomanry) Bn. Suffolk Regiment


Age: 27


Died Date: 14/10/1918

Additional Information: Only son of Arthur and Mary Catherine Crowther, of "Brooklyn," Grassington, Skipton.

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THE HISTORY OF THE SUFFOLK REGIMENT 1914-1927, by Lieut.-Colonel C.C.R. Murphy.( Hutchinson & Co. (Publishers) Ltd.)

… Early in October the 74th Division took over from the 59th Division a sector of the front line nearly three miles in length with Neuve Chapelle in the centre. On the evening of October 3 the battalion moved up on to the Aubers ridge, and the next day occupied a line covering the villages of Lattre and Wavrin. During the night of the 13th-14th, while the battalion was in position in front of Fournes, 2nd Lieut. N. Crowther and his runner were killed by a shell…

[The runner mentioned above is probably Pte. Lenard Clayton who is buried in the next grave to 2nd Lieut. Norman Crowther.]

England & Wales, National Probate Calendar (Index of Wills and Administrations), 1858-1966


CROWTHER Norman of 21 Hall Royd Shipley Bradford second-lieutenant Cheshire regiment died 14 October 1918 in France Probate London 6 December to Arthur Crowther manufacturer and Mary Catherine Crowther (wife of the said Arthur Crowther). Effects £460 10s. 8d.

Bradford Grammar School in WW1


1891-1918 Aged 27

Second Lieutenant 3rd (Special Reserve) Battalion Cheshire Regiment attached 15th (Suffolk Yeomanry) Battalion Suffolk Regiment.

Norman Crowther’s name is not on the School War Memorial, nor did he give the Bradford Grammar School give as his place of education. Why, then, are we commemorating him today? 'The Bradfordian' for April 1919 recorded the death of Lieutenant Norman Crowther, O.B. 1902-1908, and the school records illustrate his time at the school. The Commonwealth War Graves Commission records only one officer of that name who died, so I am persuaded that we should commemorate him as an Old Bradfordian.

He was born in Rastrick, near Brighouse on 13th March 1891. He was the second child and only son of Arthur Crowther, a woollen mill manager, and Mary Catherine nee Aspinall, daughter of a Keighley bank manager. The family lived in Rastrick until at least 1902, and by 1910 they were at Hall Royd in Shipley. Their home between these dates has not been identified. These dates bracket the years Norman Crowther was at Bradford Grammar School. However, in his officer application Norman stated that he was educated at Pannal Ash College, near Harrogate, as at least one other O.B. was. No records from this school seems to survive, and it ceased to function by the time of the Second World War. Norman Crowther’s record at Bradford Grammar School was a good one. He started in Second Modern Upper in 1902 where his impressive results saw him promoted direct into Fifth Modern. He went into Remove Science and Mathematics in 1905 and then Sixth Maths in 1907. In his final year he gained Higher Certificate passes in four subjects including Additional Maths with special mention in Trigonometry, Statics and Dynamics. If the editor of 'The Bradfordian' was correct in identifying this student with the officer killed in 1918, then he left B.G.S. when he was seventeen and went to Pannal Ash College. If this is correct we can only speculate as to why his time at Bradford was ignored.

When he left Pannal Ash College Norman entered the banking profession. It is likely that his grandfather had something to do with this. At the time war broke out in 1914 he had what was described as ‘a good position’ at the principal office of the National and Provincial Bank of England in Leeds. His family moved to Grassington in 1915, where his sister Gladys had married a local man. He attested for military service under Lord Derby’s scheme on 25th November 1915 and stated that he wished to serve with ‘The Buffs’, the East Kent Regiment. In April 1916 he was mobilized and posted to ‘D’ Company 2nd-5th Battalion at Ashford. This unit served in the U.K., so in November Norman applied for officer training. He was finally posted to No.1 Officer Cadet Battalion at Newton Ferrers in Devon. He was commissioned into the Cheshire Regiment on 9th September 1917 and sent to Egypt at the start of November. On arrival he was posted to 15th Battalion Suffolk Regiment, a dismounted Yeomanry regiment, and took part in the Palestine expedition. However, owing to a perineal abscess he was in hospital when Allenby entered Jerusalem.

In May Norman’s battalion was sent to the Western Front. After fighting near the River Lys and then the Somme, in late September he was granted a two week home leave before returning on 12th October. His battalion was south-west of Lille in front of the village of Fournes. Norman Crowther was killed in the early hours of 14th by a shell which killed him and his runner while they were sheltering in a shell-hole, burying them. They were originally buried nearby, side by side, then their remains were moved to Aubers Ridge Cemetery.


The possibility exists that 'The Bradfordian’s' editor made a mistaken identification, or equally that his identification was correct. The image of Norman Crowther is from 'Craven’s Part in the Great War', compiled and edited John T. Clayton (Skipton, 1919), 73. This souvenir book presented to those who served and the families of the dead is most conveniently consulted online, for Crowther at where other sources are also assembled. Further research was carried out using The West Yorkshire Electoral Records record Arthur Crowther’s residences. Norman’s Officer Personal Record is T.N.A. WO 339-91744. Norman stated his education was at Pannal Ash College on page 24. For ‘Norman Crowther’s’ years at B.G.S., see the Annual Reports for 1903-1908. 'The Bradfordians' December 1904 record he was a debater, and April 1905 a member of the ‘Societe de Discussion.’ 'The Bradfordian' April 1919, vol. xxiii No. 133, 9, records his death and B.G.S. years.

'The History of the Suffolk Regiment 1914-1927', by Lieut.-Colonel C.C.R. Murphy. ( Hutchinson & Co. (Publishers) Ltd.) and the 'Craven Herald' described Norman’s death (both on CPGW above). The battalion War Diary is not available and the 230th Infantry Brigade War Diary lacks relevant detail (T.N.A. WO 95/3153/3).
For his exhumation and re-burial, see:,-norman/#&gid=null&pid=1
The Pannal Ash College war memorial can be viewed at:

This biography was researched and composed by Nick Hooper in October 2018. For further information, contact [email protected], or see:

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25 October 1918

CROWTHER – Killed in action on October 15th, Second-Lieutenant Norman Crowther, in his 28th year, only son of Mr. and Mrs. Arthur Crowther, of 21 Hall Royd, Shipley, and Grassington, and grandson of the late Mr. G. G. Aspinall, Keighley.

04 July 1919



Only son of Mr. and Mrs. Arthur Crowther, of ‘Brooklyn,’ Grassington. Killed in action in France, October 14th, 1918, aged 27 years.


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    1. Nicholas Hooper October 11, 2018 at 3:22 pm #

      Although he does not appear on the War Memorial and it is not acknowledged in his CPGW profile, Norman Crowther was also a pupil at the Bradford Grammar School 1902-1908. In his final year he was in 6th Mathematical. He must have attended Pannal Ash College prior to B.G.S. (I know of more than one O.B. who did) and he is on that institution’s memorial (

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