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Photo courtesy Jeanette Dale
He was born in about 1892 and worked as a limestone quarryman before the war.
Arthur Crowder and Albert Foulds Crowder attested as regular soldiers in 1915, for twelve years' service. Although they were both transferred to the Army Reserve in 1919, they remained as reservists until the completion of the twelve years in 1927. Interestingly, these records show that both 'brothers' were mobilised in April 1921 after a state of emergency had been declared on 31 March, under the Emergency Powers Act 1920. This was declared after the Triple Alliance (predecessor to the TUC) called a strike over a miners' wage dispute. When, on 15 April, the transport and rail unions decided not to call for strike action in solidarity with the miners, this became known as 'Black Friday'.
Albert and Arthur were recognised as brothers despite Albert actually being Arthur's nephew; Arthur Crowder, was only two years Albert's senior.
See the photograph above – the photograph was taken by Crown Studios of 1 Canon Street, Aberdare, it must have been taken at around that the time they enlisted in 1915, and it would seem likely that both brothers would be pictured. The man standing at the back is unidentified.
Arthur was demobbed in February 1919
15 February 1919
CRICH, LEA & HOLLOWAY
Others to receive their discharge during the week incude Drivers Sam Taylor of Crich Common and Arthur Crowder of Crich.
He was reported as having awarded a bravery certificate similar to Arthur Bollington.
8 March 1919
Before leaving France, Cpl Alfred Bollington, of Sun Lane, Crich, who has recently received his discharge from the Army, was the recipient of a certificate in recognition of his bravery. The certificate presented and signed by the Major-General commanding the 34th Division, is as follows: – "to Cpl Alfred Bollington, 102 L.T.M. Battery. Your brigadier has reported that on the fourth of September, 1918 at Kemmel, you displayed conspicuous courage and gallantry in firing your trench mortar under heavy machine-gun and rifle fire, thus enabling the infantry to advance." Cpl Bollington is one of several brothers who have served during the war, his service extending to four years and three months. Driver Arthur Crowder is another Crich soldier who has received a similar distinction for bravery in the field.
Medal Roll Index Card
He was awarded the Victory, British War and 15 Star medals.
Entered France 14 December 1915
1015614 R Crowder Arthur 4.9.15 (Enlistment date) 23 6/12 (age on enistment); Aberdare (place of enlistment); Winder (occupation); 11.4.21; 6.6.21 (Rembodied Service dates); Sunlane, Crich; Mrs Isaac Hall, Sunlane, Crich (sister)
1901: Hat Factory, Crich
|Charles||Crowder||son||16||Pony driver coal pit||Crich|
RG13 piece 3231 folio 6 page 4
1911: The Cross, Crich
|Herbert||Crowder||son||22||Galvanizer wire works||Crich|
|Elsie||Crowder||grand child||18||Factory hand spinning Lea Mills||Crich|
|Albert Foulds||Crowder||son||16||Water works errand boy||Crich|
|Ada||Crowder||daughter||15||Factory hand hosiery Lea Mills||Crich|
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Arthur Crowder's nephew Albert Crowder is also on the Roll of Honour.