Letters from the Front

Lieut.-Col. Joseph Bartlett Rogers

Death of Major W. Beverley Crowther, 3rd Battalion, 03 May 1917

Toronto Star

Wednesday, June 27, 1917

Transcribed by: Marika I. Pirie

This letter was published in the Toronto Star and a date of the letter was not provided.  Since a date is a required field to enter this information online, I've filled in the newspaper publication date.  The letter likely dates to some time between May and June 1917.


One of Last Exploits of Major Crowther--Met Death in Trenches.

The following is an extract from a letter received by Mr. W. C. Crowther from Col. J. B. Rogers, commanding the 3rd Battalion, Toronto Regiment, concerning the death of Mr. Crowther's son, Major W. Beverley Crowther, who was killed May 3, 1917, by a shell while holding the trenches after the battle of Fresnoy:

"His company buried him in Ecoivres Military Cemetery May 6, and our battalion cross was erected.  Beverley was always a  very gallant officer and his leadership was grand.  On April 9, in taking Vimy Ridge, he led his company across the Boche territory for 4,000 yards, took his objectives, and with another company captured four German field guns, which are the first guns ever captured by the 1st Canadian Division.  These are on their way back to Toronto."

"He was a chap who always played the game and a fellow we all admired.  His loss is a great one, not only to his battalion but to me personally, who has known him for so many years, and he was a chap who was always at the head of his company."