Other names: William
Locations in this story: Woodcutts, Sixpanny Handley, DorsetSixpenny Handley, DorsetFrance & FlandersDeanland, Sixpenny Handley, Dorset
Story: William Crutcher was born at Woodcutts, Sixpenny Handley, Dorset, on 14 Mar 1888 and baptised at Sixpenny Handley on 6 May 1888 the son of William Crutcher and Mary Anne Crutcher (nee Witherington). He lived all his civilian life in and around Sixpenny Handley. William enlisted on 11 Dec 1915 and was mobilized on 22 May 1916 when he joined the Royal Garrison Artillery as a Gunner (Service No. 82122). He served in France & Flanders. He was transferred to the No. 1 (RGA) Sussex Company (Service No. 374578) and then to the 368th Forestry Company, Royal Engineers as a Pioneer (Service No. 327932). He was finally discharged on 20 Oct 1919 and awarded the Victory and British War Medals. He married Margaret Ellen Lane at Sixpenny Handley, Dorset, on 31 Oct 1921. There are no records of children. By the 1939 Register he was living at Deanland, Sixpenny Handley, Dorset, working as a Woodman and Hurdle Maker. His death is recorded at Sixpenny Handley on 20 Aug 1968.