A. S. Crumpler
Service no. SS/112057
Leading Stoker, Royal Navy, H.M.S. Cornwallis
Died on 9 January 1917, aged 22
Remembered at Chatham Naval Memorial, Kent
Crumpler was one of 15 men who died when the Cornwallis was torpedoed by the German U-boat (U-32) off Malta. He had previously survived the sinking of the Cressy, which went down in the North Sea in less than 30 minutes on 22 September 1914, after an atttack by the U-boat U-9.
Information from the 1911 census
In civilian life, Crumpler was a plumber’s mate working in the building trade. One of five children, he was born in Charminster, Dorset. In 1911, he lived with his family in five rooms at 41 Dorset Road, Stockwell. Crumpler’s widowed mother, Mary Ann, was a newsagent and tobacconist, from Martinstown, Dorset.