Malvern College First World War Casualty

Captain Leslie Oakes Crowther

Photo of Leslie Oakes Crowther
House and time at Malvern: No 3, 1905 - 1908.

Regiment: 10 Sq. R. F. C.
Died: 06 December 1916 aged 25 in France. Killed in action near Avesnesle Comte.
Cemetery: Avesnes Le Comte II B 22

Son of Herbert Oakes Crowther and Nellie Oakes Crowther, of Broadclyst, Beckenham, Kent, b. 1891.
Lower Shell—Upper Shell.
In business.
Great War, 2nd Lieutenant 9th Bn Royal West Kent Regt. 1914; 1915, Captain. 12th Sqdn. Royal Flying Corps.

'He left school before his full course had run, but there remained behind him a pleasing memory of cheerful and unselfish companionship. Those who have been in touch with him in latter years have been struck with the earnestness he showed in business and the delight he took in his life abroad.' (Malvernian, Dec 1916).

Obituary from The Times dated 12th Dec 1916:
"CAPTAIN LESLIE OAKES CROWTHER. Flight Commander, R.F.C., killed on December 6, was the second son of Mr. and Mrs. H. O. Crowther, of Broadclyst, Beckenham, Kent. Born in 1891, he was educated at St. Andrew's School, Eastbourne, and Malvern College, afterwards spending two years in New York and Dresden for educational purposes. Captain Crowther joined the Royal West Kent Regiment in September, 1914, and in December, 1915, transferred to the Royal Flying Corps. For many months he had been at the front, where he was engaged in many air flights and bomb-dropping expeditions. His major writes:- "The squadron has lost a most capable and popular officer, and I cannot say how sorry I am and my officers to have lost such a good fellow"

He was flying a BE 2d 5832 of No 12 Sqn RFC when he was killed in an accident on 6 December 1916.