Crowe, Hugh

Crowe, Hugh


Royal Irish Rifles

Died of disease on Monday 26 October 1925 (aged 55)


Newtownards (Movilla) Cemetery (Grave 11. 34)


Newtownards and District War Memorial


The name Hugh Crowe is listed on Newtownards and District War Memorial and in the booklet produced for the Unveiling and Dedication Ceremony held on Saturday 26 May 1934 he is described as a Sergeant in the Royal Irish Rifles.  The organising committee of the day decided to include the names of ex-servicemen who died up to that date from what they considered to be war related causes, whether as a result of wounds or disease.

Minnie Phillips of 8 Zion Place, Newtownards was with Hugh Crowe when he died on 26 October 1925 at 60 Little Francis Street, Newtownards.  The cause of death on his death certificate is ‘gastritis 1 month and 26 days, exhaustion, certified’.  He was buried in Movilla Cemetery and in the burial records the cause of death is ‘consumption’.  On his death certificate he is described as a ‘Solicitor’s Clerk and Army Pensioner’.

Hugh Crowe was born on 2 February 1870 in Sloan’s Court, Ballymena and he was a son of John and Sarah Jane Crowe (nee Strange) who were married on 3 November 1865 in Belfast.

John Crowe worked as a flax dresser.

Both before and after the Great War Hugh Crowe worked as a Solicitor’s Clerk and he and Minnie Nicholl were married on 5 July 1897 in Kirkinriola Presbyterian Church Ballymena.  Hugh Crowe from Ballymena was a son of John Crowe, a mill worker.  Minnie Nicholl from Ballymena was a daughter of Thomas Nicholl, a shopkeeper.  Hugh Crowe and Minnie Nicholl were both born in County Antrim.

Before they moved to 60 Little Francis Street, Hugh and Minnie Crowe lived at 12 Mill Street, Newtownards and they had three children:

Sarah Jane Strange (Sadie, born 27 November 1899 in High Street, Newtownards)

Esther May Colville (born 13 July 1901 in High Street, Newtownards)

Robert Colville (born 13 December 1903 at 10 Stephen Street, Sligo)

Ex-Sergeant Hugh Crowe is commemorated on Newtownards and District War Memorial.