Arthur Aloysius Horton Crundall

June 21, 2015

CRUNDALL, Arthur Aloysius Horton- – – – SPC 1906-1907

DoB:– – 1891, South Yarra, VIC

Father:- – Augustus Crundall, Pharmaceutical Chemist

Mother:- – Annie, nee Slaven

Arthur Crundall (sometimes known as Arthur Horton-Crundall) was a boarder from Melbourne. In 1907 he sat the Senior Public examinations in the following subjects: English, Latin French, History, Arithmetic, Algebra, Geometry and Geography. He was also a contributor to the 1908 St Patrick’s College Annual.

After leaving St Patrick’s Arthur gained qualifications in pharmaceutical chemistry, following somewhat in his father’s footsteps. He was working with Messrs Bowen & Co, Chemists, in Collins Street Melbourne in 1913 when he travelled overseas on a holiday to England.

Service No:– 7069 (UK)

Rank: Private

Unit: Royal Fusiliers

When war in Europe broke out, Arthur enlisted in the Royal Fusiliers as a Private (Service No 7069). The College was unable to locate his full service record, but there was a brief article in the Melbourne Age newspaper on Friday 27 August 1915 which gave details about his activities -“

– -‘-¦ Private A Horton-Crundall who enlisted in the Royal Fusiliers when on a pleasure trip to England last year, has been wounded. A cable message to this effect was received by his mother on Wednesday, the message stating that her son was wounded on 13th July when serving with the Mediterranean Expeditionary Force. Private Horton-Crundall is 24 years of age. He was educated at St Patrick’s College, Ballarat, and just before he left for England was with Messrs Bowen and Co, chemists, in Collins Street -¦’

Arthur survived the war and records show that he remained in England for several years. He married Amy Coutts in 1919 in London, and they had one daughter, born in 1920. It is likely that Amy died around this time, because Arthur remarried in 1924. He second wife was Ethel Coutts, and it is most likely that Ethel was Amy’s sister. Ethel and Arthur had two children together, a daughter born in 1925 and a son in 1933.

Arthur returned to Australia at some point and continued his career as a Pharmaceutical Chemist. He settled in East St Kilda, and electoral rolls show that his wife Ethel was with him. In 1943 his daughter Joan from his first marriage was living with the couple as well.

Arthur died in 1959 aged 68 years. The cause of his death was gastric and liver cancer. He was buried at the Brighton Cemetery, Victoria.