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Richard Facey Hunter CROWTHER

Male 1892 - 1954  (61 years)


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  • Name Richard Facey Hunter CROWTHER  [1, 2
    Born 28 Oct 1892  South Shields, Durham, England Find all individuals with events at this location  [2, 3
    Gender Male 
    Died 24 Oct 1954  India Find all individuals with events at this location  [3
    Buried Aft 24 Oct 1954  India Find all individuals with events at this location  [1, 3
    • "He was buried in Colachel, a small town in South Travancore, now Kanyakumari District in Tamil Nadu, in a small Anglican (now Church of South India) graveyard at the rear of the church".

      Memorial Inscription: Erected To The Memory / of / RICHARD FACEY HUNTER CROWTHER / BORN JARROW-ON-TYNE 28-10-1892 / DIED KOTTIYAM QUILON 24-10-1953 / FOR / MANY YEARS MANAGER OF / VELLIMALAI ESTATE THUCKALAY / AND / GENERAL MANAGER OF HOPKIN & WILLIAMS* (TRAV) LTD / VETERAN PLANTER AND PHILANTHROPIST / LIVED RESPECTED DIED REGRETTED MOURNED BY MANY.

      In 2016 his tomb was relocated to Chemparuthivilai. (The nearest landmark is St. Antony's Church). The following was added to the topstone:

      "Sadly missed along life's way, / Quietly remembered every day, / No longer in our life to share, / But in our hearts he is always there. / We'll forever miss you Daddy!"

      *[Hopkin and Williams, Manavalakurichi and Chavara (now named Indian Rare Earths Co.]
    Notes 
    • Richard Facey Hunter CROWTHER (R.F.H.C) was born in England on 28 October 1892. Known by some family members, but not all, as "Dick - a loving note of address given to him by his father". He was a generous benefactor and a man of singular kindness. He was a philanthropist; he built churches (Roman Catholic Church & Anglican Church) and helped many families within the community as well as those of his own. He even constructed a well for the inhabitants of a small village for safe drinking water. As a person, Richard was very dignified and also gentle in dealing with people. He was strict with his children and never allowed to waste. He remained a loving & caring father for all his children. His generosity apparently knew no bounds and certainly was not restricted by narrow sectarian concerns. Hence, he raised a large family; as a result the CROWTHER line is well established in India today". (Written by a grandson and included with his permission).

      "Richard (Dick), accompanied his eldest brother Cecil Facey CROWTHER from Ceylon to Malaya. While Cecil got down to planting rubber in Malaya, Dick moved to South India and worked as Superintendent in an estate in Nilambur, in Gudalore District which was a part of the British Presidency and under British Rule. He stayed in Chovy's Hotel (now known as Choice Hotel). While working in Nilambur, he must have been around 24 or 25 years old. While there, he had his first wife ---Clinton was born in 1920, then Ralph and lastly Percy. Dick secured a job to plant rubber for a British firm in the South. This place was then in Travancore State, ruled by the Maharajha. Lakshmi, Clinton's mother left Dick and married another. Then according to the local custom, Dick had wives and raised a large family whom he loved and cared for till the end." (Written by Muriel, his eldest daughter, and included with her permission.) [1]
    Person ID I7664  Nosworthy
    Last Modified 19 Jul 2018 

    Father Richard Facey CROWTHER,   b. 24 Jul 1853, Millbrook, Cornwall, England Find all individuals with events at this location,   d. 15 Apr 1921, Portsmouth, Hampshire, England Find all individuals with events at this location  (Age 67 years) 
    Mother Louisa Alexandra Irene Andree HUNTER,   b. Abt 1868, Ceylon Find all individuals with events at this location,   d. 8 Oct 1914, Portsmouth, Hampshire, England Find all individuals with events at this location  (Age ~ 46 years) 
    Married 1891  [1
    Family ID F976  Group Sheet

    Children 
     1. Basil Facey CROWTHER,   b. Bef 1920, India Find all individuals with events at this location,   d. Abt 1920, India Find all individuals with events at this location  (Age ~ 0 years)
     2. Clinton Cyril CROWTHER,   b. 1920, Cannanore, Malabar, South India Find all individuals with events at this location,   d. 15 Aug 2013, Calicut, Kerala, South India Find all individuals with events at this location  (Age 93 years)
     3. Ralph Richard CROWTHER,   b. 26 Sep 1922, Cannanore, Madras Presidency, India Find all individuals with events at this location,   d. 15 Feb 1997, Wynaad, Kerala, India Find all individuals with events at this location  (Age 74 years)
     4. Percy Hunter CROWTHER,   b. 1924, Cannanore, Malabar, South India Find all individuals with events at this location,   d. 2005, Madras, India Find all individuals with events at this location  (Age 81 years)
     5. Thomas CROWTHER,   b. 2 Nov 1930, India Find all individuals with events at this location,   d. 30 Dec 2016  (Age 86 years)
     6. Living
     7. Eric CROWTHER,   b. 1940, India Find all individuals with events at this location,   d. 31 Jul 1985, India Find all individuals with events at this location  (Age 45 years)
     8. Indira CROWTHER,   b. 20 Jul 1947, Kerala, India Find all individuals with events at this location,   d. 14 Dec 2016, Chennai, India Find all individuals with events at this location  (Age 69 years)
     9. Living
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    Last Modified 19 Jul 2018 
    Family ID F2775  Group Sheet

  • Photos
    Richard Facey Hunter Crowther
    Richard Facey Hunter Crowther
    This may or may not be the photo of a younger Richard F.H. Crowther. It was provided to me by a grandson. We would be interested in receiving feedback from living descendants. Please contact me through the website. (Anne Brooks)
    Richard F. H. Crowther in Ceylon
    Richard F. H. Crowther in Ceylon
    Front row, third from left
    Richard Facey Hunter Crowther
    Richard Facey Hunter Crowther
    Memorial stone: Richard Facey Hunter Crowther
    Memorial stone: Richard Facey Hunter Crowther
    Memorial inscription: Richard Facey Hunter Crowther
    Memorial inscription: Richard Facey Hunter Crowther

    Erected To The Memory
    of
    RICHARD FACEY HUNTER CROWTHER
    BORN JARROW-ON-TYNE 28-10-1892
    DIED KOTTIYAM QUILON 24-10-1953
    FOR
    MANY YEARS MANAGER OF VELLIMALAI ESTATE THUCKALAY
    AND
    GENERAL MANAGER OF HAPKIN & WILLIAMS (TRAV) LTD
    VETERAN PLANTER AND PHILANTHROPIST
    LIVED RESPECTED DIED REGRETTED MOURNED BY MANY


    Richard Facey Hunter Crowther: Relocated tomb
    Richard Facey Hunter Crowther: Relocated tomb

  • Sources 
    1. [S676] Personal communication.

    2. [S168] England and Wales Registration Index.

    3. [S953] Biography.


  

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