CROME John Leslie
Regiment : 15th Battalion Royal Warwickshire Regiment
Service number : 645
Conflict : WW1
Date of death : Killed in action on 4th June 1916
Buried : Commemorated on Arras Memorial, France, Bay 3.
Birthplace : Small Heath, Birmingham, resident Worcester, enlisted Birmingham
Memorial : Malvern WW1 War Memorial
Also appears on : Malvern the Wyche All Saints Church.
Appears in the Worcester/Worcestershire Roll of Honour Book for army casualties located in Worcester Cathedral.
Malvern News, 22nd July 1916
L/Cpl John Leslie Crome, Royal Warwicks, son of Nurse Crome, St Moritz, Wyche Road, has been killed in action. The Colonel of the Battalion writes: “Your son has had an exemplary character. He died as nobly as he lived and both you and I have reason to be proud of him.” His platoon commander writes: “I feel I must write to express my appreciation of his valuable service in the line. He was one of my best NCOs. One great thing must be borne in mind even during your sadness – he was killed doing his duty and doing it well. I can give no higher praise to any soldier than I give him. All the members of the Battalion join with me in sympathy with you in your great bereavement.” He was 20 years’ old, and educated at the Commercial Travellers School, Pinner where he won the Cuffley Medal and silver medal for drawing. He joined the colours in October 1914 and won a gold medal for boxing for his battalion.
A photograph of Lance Corporal Crome, Warwicks, can be found in Berrow’s Worcester Journal Supplement, Saturday 22nd July 1916, available at Worcestershire Archives.