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Uttoxeter WW1 soldier's name missing from war memorial

By Uttoxeter Post and Times  |  Posted: August 08, 2014

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A UTTOXETER man has questioned why the name of a relative who died following war injuries does not appear on the town centre war memorial.

Neil Deaville is hoping Uttoxeter Town Council will now honour his war hero great-great uncle Alec Crutchley, by inscribing his name onto the war memorial in Market Place.

The body of Alec Crutchley lies in a Commonwealth war grave in Uttoxeter Cemetery.

Private Crutchley served with the North Staffordshire Regiment and fought in France during the First World War. He died three years after the war ended, at the age of 26, after being wounded in the Battle of the Somme.

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Mr Deaville said: "I read on the excellent Uttoxeter Lost Generation website that he wasn't on the war memorial, although he is entitled to be as he has a Commonwealth war grave in Uttoxeter Cemetery.

"I've emailed the town clerk, and the British Legion will discuss the inclusion at a meeting on September 9.

"He was one of two brothers, best friends, who went off to war together 100 years ago this month.

"Alec and my great-grandfather Ernie survived the horrors of Hooge and the Hohenzollern Redoubt, where many Uttoxeter lads died.

"Sadly Alec died on April 20, 1920, of a perforated ulcer, three years after he was wounded on the Somme."

A town council spokesman said the matter was on the agenda to be discussed at its September meeting.

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  • funkcity  |  October 28 2014, 12:32PM

    Good news, Alec's name is to be put on the war memorial, hopefully in time for this years remembrance day

  • funkcity  |  August 11 2014, 1:08PM

    Has anyone got any idea where this photo was taken? Obviously a cricket ground but it doesn't look like any i know around Uttxeter