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This is my Great Grandfather, the father of Sidney Crutchley. He was born in 1883 in Bloxwich, the son of Jeremiah and Elizabeth (nee Key) Crutchley. The photograph was taken on the occasion of the wedding of his daughter, Nellie in 1942.

During the First World War, James Ernest served as an aircraft mechanic in the Royal Flying Corps. At this stage of my research, that is all the information that I have regarding his service record. After the war, he was mainly employed as a Pipe Fitter.

At Walsall Register Office on August 25th 1906, he married Isabella Duckhouse, whose occupation was a brush filler. Together they had five children and lived for the majority of their married life in the Coalpool area of Walsall.

James Ernest died on March 19th, 1965. He ashes were interred in the same plot in Rushall Parish Church, as those of his wife.

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