Wednesday, 10 February 2021

Joseph Crossland 1894-1916


Joseph Crossland Barnsley Chronicle 16th December 1916.
With thanks to Barnsley Archives
Born: 1894

Military Service:
Regiment and Battalion:  York and Lancs 14th Battalion
Service number and rank: 14/1030
Awards: Victory Medal, British War Medal

Death: 1st July 1916 aged 22 
CWGC Remembered:Thiepval Memorial 
Panel Reference: Pier and Face 14A and 14B

Information from Commonwealth War Graves Commission:
Son of Mrs. Clara Jane Crossland of 9 Manor Castle Yard, Pontefract Road Barnsley and husband of Hettie Thompson, formerly Crossland, Clyde Street, Barnsley. 
St Marys Church Barnsley combined War Memorial
Barnsley, Somme Centenary Art, Barnsley Town Hall 

Lives of the First World War
Commonwealth War Graves Commission
Everyman Remembered website

From the Newspapers:
Information has come to hand that Private Joseph Crossland, 2nd Barnsley Battalion has been missing since July 1st.  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 Branner ,of 4 Sovereign Yard, Westgate, Barnsley a stretcher bearer had 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 W. Hewitt 1/5th Y. and L., has written to say that "it is quite possible that he has 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

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