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Walter Henry Crothers

3-Walter Henry Crothers was born on 14 Oct 1886 in Derby, Tasmania and died on 26 Oct 1971 in Nannup, Western Australia at age 85.

Walter married Freida May Krushka, daughter of John Wilhelm Krushka and Helen Stevens, on 26 May 1915 in St Joseph's Church, Hobart. Freida was born on 4 Mar 1896 in Ringarooma. They had four children:

4-Laurence Henry Crothers was born on 25 Jan 1917 in Derby, Tasmania and died on 19 Aug 1996 in Perth at age 79.

23 August 1986

Laurie was born in Derby, Tasmania in 1917. The eldest of four children. Two sisters, Maisie and Joan and young brother Jack.

In 1928 his father and mother moved their young family to Western Australia, to harsh conditions of the south. The family finally settled in Nannup on a farm. Prior to the war Laurie lived in Donnybrook, where he met his wife. Mabel. Laurie and Mabel married during the war in 1941. Their first blessing was a son, John, followed 6 years later by a daughter, Clare. A part of the glowing light left the life of the familv when John was tragically killed in a motor bike accident in 1960, just a few weeks after his l8th birthday.

Laurie was a pillar of strength to Mabel and Clare throughout the difficult years. Laurie and Mabel shared a wonderful mateship as husband and wife, that lasted 46 years before Mabel passed away peacefully at their home with Laurie by her side in 1988. Laurie unselfishly cared and nursed Mabel in the years prior to her death. Taking over all household duties and responsibilities.

His good neighbour, Joy gave Laurie a new love off his life in the form of a 6 week silky terrier, he named her Mitzy. They became great companions. Over the last 8 years, Laurie had remained in the family home taking great pride in his garden and maintaining a colourful display of flowers. As well as cooking good meals for himself he enjoyed sharing with his friends his skill of his home made pickled onions.

Laurie enlisted in the 6th Division of the army during the war. He served 4 years altogether, spending 1 year overseas in New Guinea. He was a proud member of the R. S.L.

Laurie's main occupation was a grocer. He worked many years at Central Provision Stores (later to be Freecorns) in Wembley and 4 years in the grocery department of Boans, Perth. He then worked for Reeces Hire Service until his retirement in 1977. Laurie started playing bowls around 1961 and became a member of the Osborne Park Bowwling Club and played until a couple of years ago. He won many trophies for his efforts over the years. He was very honoured when the club gave him a Iifetime membership in 1995.

Laurie enjoyed watching all sports on TV, especially football, following West Perth and the Eagles. He always claimed to be worn out after playing football all weekend. He watched both his teams win in grand style on his last weekend with us.Laurie has been a wonderful father, giving his support, love and help, taking all the ups and downs in his stride.

He was a loving grandfather to Clinton, Lara and Jessica and great grandfather to Donelle. He was always interested in what they were doing and always rang to wish them luck or to offer congratulations or speak with them just to keep up to date on what was happening in their lives. Always caring.

Laurie was a man who always liked to do the right thing by everyone and always a gentleman. He was Iiked and respected by all who knew him. He will be remembered for his great sense of humour and loved a good joke and a Iaugh. Laurie always claimed to be in the Spring Time of his life, never liking the thought of getting old.

Laurie enjoyed nothing better than to get together with friends and relatives for a drink and a chat.

Death notices in the West Australian:

CROTHERS (Laurie):  Passed away peacefully at his daughter's residence August 19th aged 79. Dearly loved husband of Mabel (dec) loving father of John (dec) and Clare. Fond father in law of Bob. Cherished grandfather of Clinton, Lara and Jessica. Great grandfather of Donelle.  Reunited with Mum and John.

Thank you for being such a loving and caring father. You will be so sadly missed. Loved and remembered always, your loving daughter, Clare. God put his arms around you and whispered come and rest.

Peacefully taken into the arms of nanna and uncle John on the 19.8.96. I'll miss you granddad, Love always Clinton and great grandchild, Donelle.

Granddad.  "However distance won't keep us apart".  Loving you and missing you always. Lara and Steve. XX

Goodbye granddad, I love you. Miss you already. Love always your granddaughter, Jessica. XXX

Much loved brother of Jack, brother in law of Frances, uncle to Elizabeth, Greg and families. The sun goes down but gentle warmth still lingers on. You will be sadly missed.

Passed away peacefully 19.8.96. One of nature's gentlemen. You will be missed by many. Farewell old mate. Arthur and Val Ashcroft and family.

Special memories of our Uncle Laurie - one of lifes true gentlemen. Deepest sympathy to Clare, Bob, Clinton, Lara and Jessica. From Maureen, Ron, Vivien, Bill, Sharon, Frank, Ann, Raymond, Brian, Leanne and families. Thanks for being My special Dad. Vivo Johno.

Dearly loved uncle of Ray, Val and family and Eve. Friday nights won't be the same. Our love love and sympathy to all.

Much loved uncle Laurie. We will miss you. Deepest sympathy to Clare, Bob and family. From Greg, Vanda, Katie, Joshua and Lachlan.

Our uncle, one great guy, never to be forgotten by Mary and families. See you later Unc.

A tribute to my dear brother in law, Laurie. A kind man, always ther with a helping hand. One of nature's gentlemen. Will be sadly missed by Eleanor.

Not just The Favourite Uncle but one of natures Rare and True gentlemen. Give our love to Mabel. Deepest sympathy to Clare, Bob and children. Ray and Shirley and families.

Respected friend and ex neighbour for many years. Deepest sympathy to Clare, Bob abd family. Gwen and Bill Rose.

Fond memories of a fine gentleman. Heartfelt sympathy to Clare, Robert and family. Love Bill, Elsie, Danielle, Elizabeth and Michael.

Our deepest sympathy and love to Clare, Bob, Clint, Lara and Jessica on the passing of your dear dad and granddad. Peacefully sleeping. Chris, Bruce and family.

In fond memory of Laurie. Our deepest sympathy to all his family. Our thoughts are with you. From the Doe family.

Our deepest sympathy to Clare, Bob, Clinton, Lara, Jessica and Donelle. It was a pleasure to have known such a kind and gentle man. Roy, Sandy, Mark, Gary (dec) and Julie.

Fond memories of a lovely man. RIP Laurie. Deepest sympathy to Clare, Bob and family. Les, Iona and Charmz, Andre, Marie, Michelle and Nathan.

(Uncle Fred):  Deepest sympathy to Clare, Bob, Clinton, Lara and Jessica. Fond memories of Sunday footy shows watching his mighty Cardies.  Reunited with Aunty Mabs. Lorraine, Ric, Royce and Bradley.

President and members of the Osborne Park Bowling Club were saddened at the passing of long time member Laurie. Our deepest sympathy is extended to relates and friends. Members may farewell Laurie at Karrakatta Friday, 23 August at 2.00pm.

Passed away peacefully 19.8.96. Sympathy to all his relations. From Les Walker.

On the 18th of August my dearly loved brother passed away at his daughter Clare's home. My deepest sympathy to all the family. With love from Maisie and family.

Our heartfelt sympathy to Clare, Bob, Clint, Lara and Jessica. Such a true gentleman. Our Christmas day drinks wont be the same without you Laurie. We'll miss you. Rest in peace with Mabel. Love from Jennifer, David, Narelle and Scott.

A tribute to our esteemed member Laurie, deepest sympathy to his family.  President and members Osborne Park RSL sub-branch.

A gentleman with many fine qualities and a loved and respected uncle. Will always be remembered by Cecile and Bernie West and family.

Warm and happy memories of a fine gentleman. He will be missed very much by those who knew and loved him. Our thoughts and prayers are with Clare, Bob and family. John, Trish and Paula.

Deepest sympathy to Clare, Bob and family on your sad loss. Will always be remembered. Adelma and Rolanda Sabbadini.

Special memories of a dear friend and neighbour. We will miss you, Laurie. Sympathy to Clare, Bob and family. Joy, Mike, Kylie and Bob.

Deepest sympathy to Clare, Bob and family. Remembering days gone by. We will miss you. Pat and Harry.

Funeral Notice:

CROTHERS:  The funeral cortege for Mr Laurence Henry Crothers of Balga will leave our Funeral Home Wanneroo Road, Balga at 1.30 o'clock tomorrow (Friday) afternoon, August 23rd and will arrive at the main entrance of Karrakatta cemetery at 2pm for a burial service. Bowra and O'Dea.


Laurence served in the Army Army, No. WX26001. He was living in Donnybrook at time of enlistment at Bushmead, WA on 8 July 1942.  WA. He was a Corporal at the time of discharge on 16 January 1946.

Laurence married Mabel Agnes Mosca, daughter of Celeste Mosca and Alice Vickery, on 20 Nov 1941 in St Bridgets, West Perth, Western Australia. Mabel was born on 20 Sep 1906 in Greenbushes, Western Australia and died on 24 Jan 1988 in Grinstead Way, Balga, Western Australia at age 81. They had two children: John and Clare.

5-John Crothers was born on 1 Feb 1942 in Bunbury, Western Australia and died on 20 Feb 1960 in Doubleview, Western Australia at age 18. He was an engraver.

John as a child had very bad asthma attacks. He was under the care of Doctor Strawn for 16 years. John was killed in a motor bike accident. There are many newspaper accounts concerning the accident on file.

Robert McWilliams (21) nurseryman of King William Street, Bayswater was driving a vauxhall sedan towards Perth when he cut the motor bike off going around a bend causing it to hit the curb. John was a passenger on the back of a 1949 Triump motor cycle driven by Eric Morris Williams, fitter and turner, of Herbert Street, Scarborough.  The accident happened around 12.30am.  John and Eric were returning from the Claremont speedway.

Death Notices from The West Australian.

CROTHERS (John): On Feb, 20, as the result of an accident, John son of Laurie and Mabel Crothers of 15 Ruse St Osborne Park, loved brother of Clare. Aged 18 years.

Sacred memories of our beloved son and brother, taken from us suddenly, result of accident, Feb. 20 1960. Within our home when all was bright, God took from us our shining light, We loved that light and always will, His vacant chair none can fill. Inserted by his Mum, Dad and Clare.

Sacred memories of John, who left us so suddenly, Feb. 20, 1960. May the happiness you missed on life's highway be yours in God's garden of love. Inserted by his Aunt Eleanor Uncle Bert, cousins Maureen and Vivien.

Feb. 20 accidentally killed, loving cousin of Mary and Les Walker and children. Memories of you John, will never fade.

Result of an accident loved nephew of Jack and Fran Crothers, cousin of Elizabeth and Greg. Ever Remembered.

Loved grandson of Nanna and Pop Crothers of Nannup; aged 18 years. Always remembered.

Accidentally killed on Feb. 20 dearly loved nephew of Joan and Laurie, fond cousin of Max, Jenny and Derek Davis of Nannup; aged 18 years. Requiescat in pace.

A tribute to the memory of our pal and basketball team-mate. Mick Ryan and John Miller.

Accidentally on Feb 19, in memory of our sincere friend, John. As we walk along your street each day, John, cherished memories of our carefree days will linger for ever. Bye fella. The missing link.

Barry, Tom, Richie.

Loving memories of John, accidentally killed on Feb. 19. Mrs Emley.

The best kind of pal anyone had. We will always remember you John. Marion and Ken.

A tribute to our pal Johnny. Always remembered. Pat and Rodney Buttel.

Accidentally killed. Thy will be done. From Frank, Pam and family; also Mr and Mrs McIlvenny and family; deepest sympathy in their very sad loss.

A tribute to John; deepest sympathy to Laurie, Mabel and Clare. So-long, John. Bill, Alma and family.

In fond memory of Crutch. So-long pal. Scrooge.

Loving memories of nephew and cousin. Will remain in our hearts for ever. From Doris, George, Pat, Harry and family.

Loving memory of our dear friend, Smokey. So-long. Bob, Kay and Merle.

Fond memories of a dear friend. We will miss you. Mr. and Mrs Ryan and on Clarie.

CROTHERS - PAGET: John and Peter loved cousins of Beryl and George. Rest in peace.

A sincere tribute to a true friend. Always remembered by Leo and Denis Butko.

5-Clare Crothers was born on 30 Apr 1948 in KEMH, Subiaco, Western Australia.

4-Maisie Teresa Crothers was born on 12 Aug 1918 in Derby, Tasmania. Maisie served in the  RAAF, service No.: 99415.

Date of Birth: 12 August 1918.

Place of Birth: Derby, Tasmania.

Date of Enlistment: 21 March 1942.

Locality on Enlistment: Perth.

Place of Enlistment: Perth.

Next of Kin: Walter Crothers.

Date of Discharge: 17 August 1945.

Rank: Aircraftwoman.

77 Operational Base Unit.

Maisie married William Charles Deere. William was born on 18 Aug 1916 in Bunbury, Western Australia and died on 8 Dec 1995 in Halls Head, Mandurah, Western Australia at age 79. They had three children: Eric William, Kerry and Gary.

5-Eric William Deere was born on 15 Nov 1946 in Kalgoorlie, Western Australia.

5-Kerry Deere was born on 24 Jul 1948 in Kalgoorlie, Western Australia.

5-Gary Deere was born on 11 Jun 1956 in Kalgoorlie, Western Australia.

4-Joan Mary Crothers was born on 17 Sep 1920 and died on 2 Jun 2011 in Busselton, Western Australia at age 90.

Death Notice in The West Australian Monday, 4 June, 2001

DAVIS Joan (nee Crothers):

Our sister passed away peacefully, June 2nd. Always remembered by Laurie (dec), Maisie, Jack and Fran and families. Reunited with her husband, Laurie.

Funeral Notice: DAVIS:

The Funeral Mass for the late Mrs Joan Mary Davis of William Carey Court, Busselton will be celebrated in St Joseph's Catholic Church, Busselton at 12.00 on Wednesday afternoon (6.6.01)

At the conclusion of mass a service will be held in the Crematorium Chapel Bunbury commencing at 3.00pm.

Falkingham Funeral Directors 39 Kent Street, Busselton 9752 1254

Death Notices in The West Australian Wednesday, 6 June 2001

DAVIS (Joan Mary):

Dear mother of Max and Loris (Moranbah QLD).

Grandmother of Linda and Steven, Steven and Nina, Christopher and Alison and Paul, great grandmother of Jasmin and Shaylee.

God saw the road was weary the hill too steep to climb He took her gently by the hand and whispered peace be thine.

Dear Mother of Jenny (Sydney NSW). Grandmother of Erica and Nigel, Anita, Fiona and Wayne and Tina. Great Grandmother of Tristen and Isabella.

Death is not extinguishing the light It is only putting out the lamp because dawn has come.

Dear Mother of Derek and Sylvia (Mackay, QLD). Nana of Donna and Kevin, Sheree and Steven and Brent.

Gone is the `face we loved so dear Gone is the voice we loved to hear Tears in our eyes we can wipe away but the ache in our hearts will forever stay. To be loved is to live forever.

Joan married Laurence Mervyn Davis, son of Herbert Richard Davis and Mable Mary Warner, on 24 Dec 1942 in East Victoria Park, Western Australia. Laurence was born on 13 Dec 1916 in Jarrahwood, Western Australia, died on 16 Sep 1993 in Bunbury, Western Australia at age 76, and was buried in Bunbury Cemetery, Bunbury, Western Australia. He served in the Second World War. They had three children: Jenny, Derek and Maxwell John.

5-Jenny Davis.

5-Derek Davis.

5-Maxwell John Davis was born on 20 Apr 1944. Maxwell married Loris Lovejoy.  They had three children: Stephen, Linda and Christopher.

6-Stephen Davis.  Stephen married Nina.

6-Linda Davis. Linda married Stephen Hyward.

6-Christopher Davis was born on 28 Oct 1974.  

4-John Jack William Crothers was born on 13 Jan 1923 in Winnaleah, Tasmania. He was a farmer at Nannup and retirted to Bullselton

He served in the Army in Darwin and Papua New Guinea, service No.:  WX29684.

Date of Birth: 13 January 1923.

Place of Birth: Hobart, Tasmania.

Date of Enlistment: 20 July 1942.

Locality on Enlistment: Nannup, WA.

Place of Enlistment: Bellevue, WA.

Next of Kin: Walter Crothers.

Date of Discharge: 21 May 1946.

Rank: Private.

Posting at Discharge: 11 Australian Infantry Battalion.

John married Frances Longbottom on 30 Jun 1956 in Busselton, Western Australia. Frances was born on 11 Feb 1932 in Nannup, Western Australia. They had two children: Elizabeth Ann and Gregory William.

5-Elizabeth Ann Crothers was born on 23 Aug 1957 in Busselton, Western Australia.

5-Gregory William Crothers was born on 15 Sep 1958 in Busselton, Western Australia.