Crozier, William Percival

Born on 1 August 1879 at Stanhope, Co. Durham, the son of Richard Crozier (1845-1939; e.m. 1868), he was educated at Manchester Grammar School, went to Trinity College, Oxford with a scholarship and gained first class honours in his degree. After one year teaching at Knaresborough, he took up journalism and after a short while with the Times joined the Mamchester Guardian in 1903. He was soon working closely with C.P. Scott, initiated various new features and was more than anyone responsible for its becoming a national daily. Becoming news editor in 1912 and military commentator in 1918, in 1932 he was appointed editor, having declined the editorship of the Daily News in 1919. He proved himself a worthy successor to Scott and his son. Despite - or because of - the strength of his father's faith, he became 'a reluctant agnostic', but maintained an interest in biblical and classical studies, and wrote Letters of Pontius Pilate (1928) and The Fates are Laughing (1945). He died in Manchester on 16 April 1944.

  • Methodist Recorder, 13 July 1939
  • Times, 17 April 1944
  • Manchester Guardian, 17 & 18 April 1944
  • David Ayerst, Guardian: biography of a newspaper (1971), pp.494-550
  • Oxford DNB


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