Old Bailey Proceedings Online (www.oldbaileyonline.org, version 6.0, 21 April 2014), April 1766, trial of William Crompton (t17660409-50).

William Crompton, Deception > fraud, 9th April 1766.

261. (L.) William Crompton was indicted for personating and assuming the name and character of William Crunkton , late quarter-master on board his Majesty's ship Liverpool, in order to receive prize-money due to him, &c . February 8 . *

- I am concerned as deputy to the agent, Mr. Richard Evans , for the ship Liverpool, for the payment of prize-money for the reduction of Pondicherry, in the East-Indies: I have the books here; William Crunkton appears to be intitled to 3 l. 19 s. 6 d. prize-money. There were 3 quarter-masters on board the Liverpool, Joseph Ackshaw , Benjamin Pell , and William Crunkton . On the 8th of February the prisoner applied to me, demanding prize-money due to him, as quarter-master on board this ship, and said his name was William Crompton . He produced a certificate, which he said he had from lientenant Oaks. I looked at it, and suspected him, it not appearing like his hand-writing. I looked into the books, and found no such name as William Crompton . I said, Here is William Crunkton He said, That is me; I was at the reduction of Pondicherry; and they have spelt my name wrong in the books. I asked him who were his brother quarter-masters; he said he had forgot. I asked him who was boatswain, gunner, or carpenter of the ship; he made me the same answers: he did not know, or he had forgot. Still he insisted on the prize-money. I said I should not pay him; I had given him his certificate back; I asked him for it again; there was another person with him, who said, No, he shall not give it you again, and snatched it out of his hand, and ran away with it. That man appears to be one Brown, that did belong to the Liverpool. I took the prisoner before my Lord-Mayor: he still said he was that William Crunkton , a quarter-master on board the ship Liverpool. I applied to the books at the Navy-Office, and found William Crunkton was discharged, and sent sick on shore to Plymouth-hospital, and there died, on the 7th of November 1762.

John Oaks . I was second lieutenant on board his Majesty's ship Liverpool; I knew William Crunkton , a quarter-master on board her: the prisoner is not that man; I do not recollect I ever saw him till last February; William Crunkton was sent sick on shore to Plymouth-hospital, in September 1762.

Q. How many quarter-masters were there on board that ship?

Oaks. There were 4 that did duty as such; but whether they were all allowed, I cannot tell: I am certain the prisoner is neither of them.

Richard Welch . I am clerk to the Sick and Hurtoffice; here is the book that came from our agent at Plymouth (he looks into it.) William Crunkton did belong to the Liverpool; he is called able on our book, not quarter-master; he might rise from able to quarter-master, which often is the case.

Q. How is his name spelt in your book?

Welch. It is here spelt Crunkton. He died on the 7th of November, 1762, at Plymouth-hospital.

Elizabeth Gardiner . My brother's name was William Cronction ; he served on board his Majesty's ship the Liverpool, and sent me his will and power to Stamford in Lincolnshire, where I then lived servant: my master's name was Noah Neal , a private gentleman.

Q. What was your brother on board?

E. Gardiner. He was both private and quartermaster.

Q. When did he die?

E. Gardiner. He died on the 7th of November, 1762, in Plymouth-hospital.

Q. to Oaks. Did you ever give a certificate to the prisoner at the bar?

Oaks. No, I never did.

Prisoner's defence.

My name is Crompton; I never was on board the ship Liverpool; I know nothing about it; it was one Brown, a seaman that did belong to the Liverpool, that went for the money.

Guilty . Death .