Crawhall, Fritz Portmore

Born at Ryde on the Isle of Wight, he was the son of the Reverend Edmund Isaac Laroche Crawhall and Isabella, nee Grant, of Herriard, Basingstoke.  He came to Winchester from Mr. Carter’s school at Maidenhead. After a year at Sunnyside (Turner’s) he stood for election to College and was placed first on the Roll. He became a School Prefect in 1913, captained College VI for two years and played in 2nd XI (Association). In 1914 he was elected to a Scholarship at Merton College, Oxford.

At the outbreak of war he was in camp on Salisbury Plain with the Winchester O.T.C., in which he held the rank of Colour-Sergeant.  Within a few days he had obtained his commission in the 6th Battalion King’s Royal Rifle Corps. He fell in action at Givenchy-lez-la-Bassee on March 10th 1915, during the Battle of Neuve Chapelle. He was seen to fall in a German trench but his body was never recovered.

Later that year his father presented a silver tankard to the College, inscribed with the family coat of arms; the College coat of arms and d d F P CRAWHALL // nuper scholaris // 1915.

War: World War 1

  • Surname: Crawhall
  • Forenames or initials: Fritz Portmore
  • House: College
  • Years in School: 1908-1914
  • Rank: Lieutenant
  • Regiment: King's Royal Rifle Corps
  • Date of Birth: 15th August 1895
  • Date of Death: 10th March 1915
  • How Died: Killed in action
  • Location in War Cloister: Outer E4
  • Decoration: NA
  • Burial Site: Unknown but commemorated on the LE TOURET MEMORIAL Panel 32 and 33