March 19, 1896 (Norwalk, CT) – March 4, 1918; 21 years old
Last local address: 59 Stevens Street, Norwalk
Enlisted in 1914 and then reenlisted on April 16, 1917 (died 18 days later)
Serial number 1454266
USS North Carolina
Born to Patrick F. Crotty (1863-) and Bridget Crotty (1861-1926), both born in Ireland. Sisters Mary Consalata (1892-) and Alice Crotty McGuire (?-1928). Brother Thomas (1894-).
Died in the Naval Hospital in Brooklyn, New York of spinal meningitis.
From The Norwalk Hour March 8, 1918
The funeral of Seaman J. William Crotty, U.S.N. who died at the Naval Hospital, New York; Tuesday, was held from St. Mary’s Church, this morning at 9:30. Rev. Thomas J. Finn officiated at the requiem services and Rev. J.J. McGinness at the cemetery. At the services in the church, Mrs. Irving Haymes sang “Some Sweet Day” and at the offertory the choir sang “Pleu Jesus” and One Sweetly Solemn Thought.” As the remains were leaving the church, Mrs. Haymen sang “Face to Face,” Miss Margaret Brady was the organist. The body was escorted to St. Mary’s Cemetery by a small squadron of the First Company Home Guards, where Seaman Crotty’s remains were laid to rest. The squad fired a volley over his grave and the bugler sounded Taps as the body was being lowered into the grave.
Seaman Crotty is buried in St. Mary’s Cemetery, Norwalk. This image is from findagrave.com. The webmaster was unable to find the marker. It is possible that erosion and lack of care, caused the marker to be covered by soil and grass.