Sapper Wilfred John Crews (59795)

Postal Section, Royal Engineers

Malvern Commemoration: St Matthias Malvern Link,

Burial/Commemoration: Malvern Link (St Matthias)

Nature of Death: Died of pneumonia at the GPO Hospital, Kensington Palace Gardens, London 11/1/15

Age: 25

Next of Kin: Son of John and Alice Crews of West View, Upper Howsell

Education: Malvern Link C.E. School

Previous Employment: On the outdoor staff of Malvern Post Office, later Sorting Clerk and Telegraphist at Shrewsbury

Capbadge of the Royal Engineers

Wilfred Crews was the son of John, a gardener, and Alice Crews of West View, Upper Howsell.

On the 16/1/15 the Malvern News reported: “The death occurred of Monday morning at the GPO Hospital, Kensington Palace Gardens, London at 25 of Wilfred John Crews, the son of Mr and Mrs John Crews of Upper Howsell. He was formerly a postman at Malvern, but sat for an examination and then entered the office of a sorting clerk and telegraphist. For the past two years he had been stationed at Shrewsbury. Some time ago he joined the Postal Section of the Royal Engineers for telegraphic despatch work and was stationed at 42 Baker Street. He had an attack of influenza, which developed into double pleuro-pneumonia causing his death after an illness of about a fortnight. His mother was with him when he died. Great sympathy is extended to his family.”

His funeral at St Matthias Church shortly after; a large number of friends and neighbours attended. The coffin was borne by the following members of the outdoor staff of the Malvern Post Office: Messers A Slater, J Wooding, J Jones, and C Wood. The Rev A Day conducted the service. Mourners included Mr & Mrs John Crews, Mr Albert Crews (brother) Miss Pattie Davis (Blaen-y-Ffor, South Wales, the deceased fiancée).”

Wilfred Crews Headstone

Wilfred Crews Headstone

Malvern News 16/1/15, 23/1/15

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