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William Ralph Crumpler

Male 1921 - 1982  (61 years)


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  • Name William Ralph Crumpler 
    Born 14 Jan 1921  Lychett Matravers, Dorset, England Find all individuals with events at this location  [1
    Gender Male 
    Biography From an e-mail (23 Jan 2000) from Kevin Crumpler:

    Born in the house pictured in Lytchett Matravers - A Dorset Village in Pictures, pictures 10 and 11.

    When William was five years old his mother, Daisy, went off with a Tong and took the children to Salisbury. William's father found their whereabouts and took back the children. William's last contact with Daisy was when William's son Kevin Crumpler was born, and this was by letter. The letter wasn't answered.

    William's father died when William was 11 years old. William went to East Coker under the guardianship of Jesse Crumpler, his uncle. William went to Yeovil Grammar School (Jesse was on the Board of Directors of the school). William rode a horse to school every day: the horse was stabled at a pub next door to the school.

    Due to an "unfortunate accident" in the school laboratory -- an explosion -- William was expelled. He transferred to Beaminster Boarding School, which he hated.

    William left school and went to Listers in Gloucester, but after six months returned to Lytchett Matravers at the wish of his Aunt Polly (Mary Jane Crumpler) who owned the Chequers Inn. Her husband Edwin Jenner was an alcoholic and William ran the pub in the evening while working at Tweedale and Riley (Estate Agents & Auctioneers) in Wimborne during the day. At that time her will left the pub to William.

    In 1939 William joined the RAF as a radio operator, and served in this capacity until the end of the war. In the meantime Mary Jane Crumpler altered her will with Jenner inheriting. When Jenner died William was left 200.

    William played football while in the RAF, and won several cups. He had a fiancee in Exeter.

    While at Hendon waiting to be de-mobbed, William missed the flight to Exeter and instead came to Lytchett to his step-brother Stephen Crumpler. The village football team were playing away at Alderholt, and with nothing better to do William went to the game.

    Valerie Lawrence also went on the coach to see the game. (Valerie's friend was May Spiney: May's brother was playing goal.) Valerie was attracted to the handsome airman in uniform.

    William lodged with the Randalls, next door to the Post Office in Lytchett Matravers. 
    Died 22 Sep 1982 
    Person ID I513983615  Walsh - Wilson Family Tree
    Last Modified 1 Feb 2009 

    Father Ralph Crumpler,   b. 1875,   d. 1933  (Age 58 years) 
    Mother Daisy Louise Manuel,   b. Shapwick, Dorset Find all individuals with events at this location 
    Married Dec 1917  Shapwick, Dorset Find all individuals with events at this location 
    Family ID F505780892  Group Sheet  |  Family Chart

    Family Valerie Elizabeth Lawrence,   b. 04 Dec 1927, Lychett Matravers, Dorset, England Find all individuals with events at this location 
    Married 26 Mar 1949  Lytchett Matravers, Dorset, England Find all individuals with events at this location 
    Children 
     1. Kevin Crumpler
     2. Haydon Crumpler,   b. 1954
    Last Modified 1 Feb 2009 
    Family ID F513881766  Group Sheet  |  Family Chart

  • Sources 
    1. [S02861] Kevin Crumpler.