Born: 8th November 1912, Chesterton, Cambridgeshire.

Died: 11th October 1941; age: 28 years & 11 months; Killed on Active Service – Multiple Injuries – Flying Accident – Netheravon, Wiltshire.

Residence: Crowcombe, Taunton, Somerset.

Employed as District Representative for R.&W. Paul Ltd., Taunton, Somerset.


Edward joined the Fleet Air Arm in April 1941.


Rank: Leading Airman; Service Number: FX/87410.

Regiment: Royal Naval Volunteer Reserve (A). H.M.S. ‘Daedalus’ Royal Navy Air Stations & Fleet Air Arm.


Grave Reference:

Grave 2/1822.

St. Mary’s Cemetery,




Edward’s headstone reads ”Well Played Eddie”


Relatives Notified & Address: Son of Thomas Arthur Cullen Crouch & Nellie May Crouch, of 8, Broomhill Road, Ipswich; husband of Mildred Mary Crouch, of Crowcombe, Somerset.


Father: Thomas Arthur Cullen Crouch, born August 1882, Fareham, Hampshire. A bank cashier.

Mother: Nellie May Crouch (nee Phillips), born June 1881.


Edward attended Ipswich School – left the school 1930.


In Taunton Edward had taken as prominent a part in local cricket as he had always taken at Ipswich School and while he was in Ipswich.



In 1939, Exmoor, Somerset, Edward married Mildred Mary Jordan, born 1918, Crowcombe, Somerset.



Edward & Mildred were living at 31, Manor Road, Taunton, Somerset. He was a Representative of Corn Merchants.


Probate to Mildred Mary Crouch.


11th October 1941 – also killed in the accident:

Pilot Officer/Pilot; Basil Arthur Herdman Newton; age 21; R.A.F.V.R., 1 F.T.S.

Basil was laid to rest at All Saint’s Churchyard, Netheravon, Wiltshire.

Edward is also remembered on the Chapel war memorial at Ipswich School.

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