Joseph Henry Crusher and Thomas Crusher

Joseph Henry Crusher is in the 1901 census for Great Aycliffe, age 8 and his brother Thomas was 6. The family were not in the 1891 census for Great Aycliffe.


24 Lop Leach Carr Crusher Benjamin Head
Farmer Own account Durham Darlington 1845
née Coulson Crusher Ada Wife
Durham Darlington 1868
Crusher Mary I Daughter
at home Durham Darlington 1882
Crusher Joseph H Son
School Durham Middleton St George 1893
Crusher Thomas Son
School Durham Aycliffe 1895
Crusher Robert Barker Son
Durham Aycliffe 1897
Crusher Fred Son
Durham Aycliffe 1899

In 1911 the family address is just Travellers Rest, Aycliffe. Joseph is not on this census with his parents.

Joseph's brother, Robert Barker Crusher, (see his page), was 14 in 1911 and working on his father's farm and his brother Thomas was working at North Farm, Walworth..

Joseph's father, Benjamin, died 14, May, 1919, living at Field House, Aycliffe and was survived by his wife Ada.


Joseph Henry Crusher enlisted at Darlington 11th December, 1915. He was 23 years old. His occupation was Hay Cutter. He was 5' 10" in height, weighed 140 lbs, his chest was 37" with a range of expansion of 2". Joseph's physical development was good and he was classed as fit for General Service "A". On enlistment he joined No. 4 Depot R.G.A., regimental number 127306.

Joseph's address was Field House, Aycliffe. He was single. His father was Benjamin Crusher of Field House, Aycliffe.

Joseph was called up for service at Ripon 3 November, 1916. He was at 13 Coy 18 December, 1916, and at Anti Aircraft Coy 20 January, 1917. 30 November, 1917 he became Pa/L/Bdr and was appointed A/Bdr in the 43rd A.A. Coy 23 February 1918.

Joseph was given his Protection Certificate and Certificate of Identity 4 January, 1919. He received an advance of £2 of pay and was granted 28 days furlough after which he did not have to wear his uniform. He was transferred to Class "2" Army Reserve on Demobilization, 8 February, 1919.

Thomas Crusher is listed in the Absent Voters' List of October 1918 as Private 521268, 412 Agricultural Corps.