The Queens Own Royal West Kent Regiment

Company Sergeant Major F J Crossley


Company Sergeant Major Fred John CROSSLEY, L/5259, 1st  Battalion,  Queens Own Royal West Kent Regiment, killed in action, Flanders France, 9th April 1916, age 41.

Born Stockbury, Sittingbourne, Kent, son of John Henry & Sarah Crossley, (nee Giles).

24th August 1875, Stockbury, Kent baptism of Fred Albert John Crossley, son of John & Sarah Crossley.

Enlisted  London, Middlesex, age 24, height 5ft 5¼ inches, weight 124lbs, fair complexion, blue eyes, brown hair. Formerly cabinet maker.

Home, 22nd August 1898 to 12th September 1899; Egypt, 13th September 1899 to 4th March 1900; Home, 5th March 1900 to to 15th September 1900; South Africa 16th September 1900 to 4th November 1902; Ceylon, 5th November 1902 to 4th November 1904; China, 5th November 1904 to 12th November 1906; Singapore, 13th November 1906 to 29th November 1908; Home 30th November 1908 to 13th August 1914; BEF, 14th August 1914 to 9th April 1916.

22nd August 1898, enlisted & posted Depot, Royal West Kent Regiment; 22nd November 1898, posted 2nd Battalion, Royal West Kent Regiment; 22nd March 1899, awarded 2nd Class Certificate of Education; 4th September 1899, appointed Lance Corporal; 11th May 1901, promoted Corporal; 16th May 1902, appointed Lance Sergeant; 19th September 1902, promoted Sergeant; 23rd March 1904, allowed to extend his service to complete 12 years with the Colours; 27th March 1906, Class 1, First Class Certificate of Education; 1st November 1906, found guilty of  drunkenness, and convicted to a reduction in rank to Corporal, sentence commuted to a 10/- fine; 29th January 1908, posted 1st Battalion, Royal West Kent Regiment; 17th February 1909, posted Depot, Royal West Kent Regiment;

3rd November 1909, St Peters, Rochester, Kent, married Ada Augusta Armitage, spinster, of 77, Murillo Road, High Road, Lee, London.

1911 Census - HM Infantry Barracks, High Street, Maidstone, Kent - Depot, Royal West Kent Regiment, Frederick Crossley, Sergeant, age 37, married, cabinet maker, born Stockbury, Kent; Ada Crossley, wife, age 40, married 1 year, born Camberwell, Surrey.

21st December 1909, re-engaged at Maidstone to complete 21 years Service; 20th August 1910, Colles fracture, right arm, falling down stairs, Court of Enquiry deemed an accident & not the fault of the man, no hospital stoppages; 1st October 1913, posted 1st Battalion, Royal West Kent Regiment; 25th August 1913, promoted Colour Sergeant; 1st October 1913, appointed Company Sergeant Major; 18th October 1913, Qualified at School of Musketry, Hythe, (Rifle Qualifying); 15th August 1914, landed with Battalion, "C" Company; 13th November 1914, 13 Field Ambulance, NYD; 19th November 1914, at Convalescent Camp, Boulogne; 5th December 1914, awarded DCM; 24th May 1915, rejoined Battalion, "D" Company; 9th June 1915, appointed Acting Quartermaster Sergeant; 22nd June 1915, resumed rank; 10th January 1916, attached 14th Warwickshire Regiment for one month; 1st February 1916, 5 Infantry Base Depot, for duty with C.T. School; 3rd April 1916, rejoined Battalion, "D" Company.

23rd October 1916, pension awarded of 17/- a week for widow. February 1920 - 39 Bolton Terrace, Court Hill Road, Lewisham, SE. April 1921 - 6 Camden Terrace, St Peters Place, Canterbury, Kent.

Buried at  Faubourg D'Amiens Cemetery, I.A.24., Arras, Pas de Calais, France.

Awarded Queens South Africa Medal & Clasp, Kings South Africa Medal & Clasp.


1st Battalion War Diary.

No. 5259          C.S.M. F. CROSSLEY

No. 6694          Sergt. M STROUD

No. 6031          ------  PALMER

No. 7316          Pte. E ALLISON

No. 9401          Sergt. W MARSLIN

No. 7934          Pte. G WARD

No. 9879          Sergt. J GILBERT

No. 8129          C.Q.M.S. S J CRONK

were specially noted for their excellent work during the fighting at Neuve Chapelle in October 1914, when all the officers in the Battalion, except two junior subalterns, became casualties.

1st Battalion War Diary - March to June 1916 - Arras

At Arras in the early morning of 9th April 1916, when it was misty, Captain GROSS and Lieutenant DOBIE, with CSM CROSSLEY, went out to inspect the wire in front of the fire trench. While they were doing so, the enemy suddenly opened fire. Lieutenant DOBIE fell dead into a crater, the others got back except Catain GROSS, who was left out wounded.CSM CROSSLEY, Sergeant A HAMMOND (No.6348.) and Lance Corporal F LIDDAMORE (No.1036.) crept out under fire and succeeded in dragging Captain GROSS back to the trench. He however died a few minutes later. In doing this CSM CROSSLEY was killed and Lance Corporal F LIDDAMORE got a bullet through his clothing. Sergeant A HAMMOND was untouched.

London Gazette 17th December 1914.

His Majesty The KING has been graciously pleased to approve of the award of the Distinguished Conduct Medal to the under mentioned Warrant Officers, Non-commissioned Officers, and Men, for gallantry and distinguished service in the Field:

5259 Company-Serjeant Major F J Crossley, 1st  Battalion,  Royal West Kent Regiment.

For conspicuous and gallant service during 10 days in the trenches near Neuve Chapelle.

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