Wednesday, 10 February 2021

George Crossland 1892-1916


George Crossland Barnsley Chronicle 16th December 1916.
With thanks to Barnsley Archives

Born: 1892

Military Service:
Enlisted: 14th May 1908
Regiment and Battalion York and Lancaster Regiment, 1st/5th Battalion
Service Number: 240437
Awards: Victory Medal, British War Medal, the 1915 Star
Death: 7th July 1916 (missing, assumed dead on this date)
Buried at:  Serre Road Cemetery No. 1 Pas de Calais France
Grave Reference: V.H.9

From the Newspapers:

Information has come to hand that Private Joseph Crossland, 2nd Barnsley Battalion has been missing since the 1st July.  He is a married man, who resided in Clyde Street, Barnsley. Twenty four years of age, he worked at Furnace Main before enlisting. His brother, George Crossland, 1/5 Y and L., is likewise reported missing as from 7th July. He formerly worked at Church Lane Colliery, was 23 years of age and lived with his parents at 34 Summer Street, Barnsley. Enquiries made through The Red Cross Society has elicited a reply, that as far as George was concerned, Private George Banner a stretcher bearer of 4 Sovereign Yard, Westgate, Barnsley informed them that George had been hit in the face in front of Thiepval.  Branner bandaged him up and went on to deal with other wounded.  George was in the German front line at the time.  Private William Hewitt 1/5th York and Lancs, has written to say that "it is quite possible that he had been captured by the Germans and is a Prisoner of War. He was seen to be wounded slightly but he stuck by his post with another pal called Britain.
From the Barnsley Chronicle 9 December 1916 with thanks to Barnsley Archives.

George's body was found after the war and identified by his disc, he was then re-interred in the Serre Road Cemetery. (from CWGC additional documents)

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