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Capt Arthur de Bells Adam (MC)
1885 - 1916

CPL David Wallace Crawford
1887 - 1916

Lce-Corpl John Joseph Nickle
1894 - 1916

Pte 17911 Morton Neill
1897 - 1916

Lieut Edward Stanley Ashcroft
1883 - 1918
Lieut Edward Stanley Ashcroft

Pte 26663 James William Crowe

  • Age: Unknown.
  • From: Dublin
  • Regiment: The King's (Liverpool Regiment) 17th Btn
  • K.I.A Wednesday 12th July 1916
  • Commemorated at: Bernafay Wood Brit Cem
    Panel Ref: H.59
James William was born c1885 in Dublin, the son of Moses Crowe and brother of John Joseph Crowe (he served as Private 20673 Coldstream guard based at Caterham, and died 27/9/1918) John J and his wife Ethel are named in the Soldiers Effects for James William Crowe.

James William is mentioned as living in Sefton Park and Anfield in WW1 records and born Dublin. His brother John married 10/3/1915 at St Clare’s RC Church, Liverpool to Ethel McGowan. John was living at 61 Avondale Road and Ethel’s address was Columbia Road, Dublin. His father was named as Moses. John and Ethel had a son John Frederick in 1915. John Joseph was also born in Dublin 27/6/1890. 

The Irish Census of 1901 in Dublin which shows Moses with his wife Teresa (age 26) and his children James age 15, John J age 10, Aidan K age 8 and Josephine age 6.

In 1911 still in Dublin - Moses and wife Mary with children Alice Isabelle, Cora, Francis Xavier and Margaret Mary. James William and his brother John Joseph are in Dublin in 1911 as Boarders with Jane White.

James William was serving with the 17th Battalion of The King's Liverpool Regiment as Private 26663 when he was killed in action at Trones Wood.

The murderous fighting that went on inside Trones Wood rendered it impossible to put specific dates on some of the casualties which is why many of the 17th Battalion losses have been bracketed as killed in action between 10th – 12th July 1916. The conditions are best described in the following passage from Everard Wyrall’s book The History of The King’s Regiment (Liverpool) Volume II. 

The remembrance of Trones Wood in July 1916 to those who passed through it is of a noisome, horrible place, of a tangled mass of trees and undergrowth which had been tossed and flung about in frightful confusion by the shells of both sides. Of the ghastly dead which lay about in all directions, and of DEATH, lurking in every hole and corner with greedy hands ready to snatch the lives of the unwary.  

The place was a Death trap, and although the attacks were made with great determination,  the presence of snipers who could not be detected and often fired into the backs of our men made the clearing of the wood impossible.

James William Crowe now rests at Bernafay Wood Cemetery.

He is commemorated on the War Memorial for the Men of Coopers.

Killed On This Day.

(102 Years this day)
Saturday 10th August 1918.
Lance Corporal 30546 Charles Harold Fairclough
33 years old