Lance Corporal John Leslie Crome (645)

15th (2nd City of Birmingham) Bn, The Royal Warwickshire Regiment, 13th Brigade, 5th Division, B.E.F.

Malvern Commemoration: Malvern Library,

Burial/Commemoration: Arras Memorial

Nature of Death: Killed in action near Arras, France 4/6/16

Age: 20

Next of Kin: Son of Nurse Crome of St Moritz, Wyche Road

Education: Commercial Travellers School, Pinner

Leslie Crome of the Wyche, Malvern

The Malvern News reported: “L/Cpl John Leslie Crome, Royal Warwicks, son of Nurse Crome, of St Moritz, Wyche Road, has been killed in action. The Colonel of the Battalion writes: ‘Your son has had an exemplary character. He died as nobly as he lived and both you and I have reason to be proud of him.’ His platoon commander writes: ‘I feel I must write to express my appreciation of his valuable service in the line. He was one of my best NCOs. One great thing must be borne in mind even during you sadness – he was killed doing his duty and doing it well. I can give no higher praise to any soldier than I give him. All the members of the B(attalio)n join with me in sympathy with you in your great bereavement.’

He was 20 years’ old, and educated at the Commercial Travellers School, Pinner where he won the Cuffley Medal and silver medal for drawing. He joined the colours in October 1914 and won a gold medal for boxing for his battalion.”

Malvern News 22/7/1916
Berrow's Worcester Journal Picture Supplement 22/7/1916

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