William. Crumpton was born at Oldbury and attended Halesowen C of E School. In 1914 he was living with his wife at 12 Middlemore Road, Smethwick, and enlisted in the Worcesters. Possibly as a result of wounds and return after recovery he was transferred to the 8th Battalion of the Berkshires. They had lost heavily in the Battle of Loos in September 1915 and remained at Loos to rebuild and reorganise. They remained in Artois until 1916 and experienced both the severe winter and the sporadic shelling which caused injuries and death. Private William Crumpton was killed in action on the 27th May 1916. He was 27 years of age and is buried in Loos British Cemetery (XVII A 18) and commemorated on Halesowen and Halesowen C of E School Memorials.
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