Walter Henry Crowne, the son of John Thomas Crowne, a joiner, was born in Islington in about 1855, but like so many of the members towards the end of the 19th century, lived in the Borough of Lambeth for most of his life.
Walter was a lifelong Porter by occupation, having first signed as a Boy Porter with the Post Office in 1871. However, by 1881 he had taken employment with St. Thomas’s Hospital, Lambeth where he was to reside and work until at least 1921 with his wife Mary Anne who he had married in 1879, The couple had three children, one of whom, Walter John Crowne, served in France in World War I in the Royal Field Artillery from 1914 to 1917.
By the time he retired, Walter was the Head Porter at the hospital. One of his Porters was Robert Samuel Hopkins who preceded him as Worshipful Master in 1911.
Walter died in Richmond Upon Thames in 1934 while living with his son and family, his wife having pre-deceased him.