In 2014 the centenary of the outbreak of World War One, Cumnock History Group began researching the names on the War Memorial plus other men and women with Cumnock connections mentioned on the Commonwealth War Graves Commission or in the Cumnock Chronicle of the time. The research is not limited to those who died but also to men and women who served, using family history information.

The group would like to appeal to individuals with knowledge of family members for photographs of the soldier, either in uniform or not, and photos of medals or other memorabilia eg letters sent home from the Front. If you would be prepared to share these on this site, please email the web manager cumnockhistory [at] The group is willing to share any copies of documents found with the soldier's descendants.

Thursday, 15 November 2018

William Crolley

William Crolley or Crowley was born in Cumnock in 1877 and was the older brother of Maitland Crowley.

He was an 18 year old miner when he enlisted in the Royal Scots Fusiliers in May 1895. He had blue eyes and dark brown hair.  He was AWOL from barracks in Ayr  from 20th June 1895.

Rank Corporal
Medal Awarded British War Medal and Victory Medal
Regiment or Corps Royal Scots Fusiliers
Regimental Number 240727

William Crolley
Regiment or Corps: Royal Scots Fusiliers, R Sco Fus 5th
Regimental Number: 7856, 240727

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