Lieutenant H. L. Crowe
Flight Sub-Lieutenant Harry Laurence Crowe was born in Bridgetown, Nova Scotia on April 12, 1897, the son of Harry J. & Helen R. Crowe, of 37 St. Edmund's Dr, Toronto, Ontario. He attended Acadia Villa School, Nova Scotia followed by St. Andrew's College from 1908 to 1915.
He entered the Second Form in September, 1908, coming into residence in the Lower School. His progress through all the Forms was normal, and he successfully passed the Junior Matriculation Examination in June, 1914. During 1914-1915 he was in Form Upper VI, and obtained his Honour Matriculation in June 1915, entering the Faculty of Applied Science at the University of Toronto that autumn where he became a Kappa Alpha and joined the Canadian Officer's Training Corps (COTC).
At the conclusion of his first year at the University he made preparations to join the air service, and went to Newport News, Virginia, for his training. In September 1916, he obtained his Flight Sub Lieutenancy in the Royal Naval Air Service, and went overseas a few days later.
He had been engaged in patrol work on
the English Coast for some time, when, on June 22nd, 1917, he was sent out to
scout for a submarine. As he was returning, after being out for a long time,
something went wrong with his machine and he plunged in to the sea. His body was
recovered later and brought home to Toronto for burial, the interment taking
place in Mount Pleasant Cemetery, Toronto (Grave Number: V. Lot 97) with full
honours on August 7th, 1917. (See photos below.)
Letters received from brother officers in England evidence the fact that the same attractiveness of character was still present. He was very popular with his men and in a marked degree had won their affection, as well as their loyalty. Of him one man writes,
The "Laurence Crowe Trophy for Open Rifles Competition" was presented in his memory.
With some information from the University of Toronto, Roll of Service, 1914-1918