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Born: 1880, Wetherby
Died: 5 April 1917
Buried: Laventie Military Cemetery, La Gorgue
Address: 501 Bolton Road, Eccleshill
Parents: Thomas & Jane Elizabeth
Spouse: Catherine, nee Prydderch
Siblings: six
Occupation: printer’s reader, Yorkshire Observer
Rank: Sgt
Rolls of Honour: St Luke’s, Eccleshill
Children: Geoffrey, Laurence
Regiment: 1/5 West Yorkshire
Joseph William Crossley
Joseph William Crossley was born in 1880 in Wetherby the son of Thomas and Jane Elizabeth Crossley and was baptised on the 24th October 1880 at Wetherby Parish Church. The family were living at West End, Wetherby and Thomas was working as a foreman carpenter. Thomas and Jane moved around quite a lot and their children’s births reflect this. Sarah Jane was born in Pendleton; Thomas, Joseph William and Alexandria, in Wetherby; and John Herbert, Mary Elizabeth and Amelia Ann, in Salford. Thomas became a printer
compositor and at 20 years of age Joseph was working as a news copy holder for the Manchester Guardian. He remained there for some years before taking up a similar position with the Yorkshire Observer as a printer’s reader, living in Bradford. At St Peter’s Parish Church, Bradford in 1909 Joseph, at the age of 28 years, married Catherine Elizabeth Prydderch who was 24 years old. When their first son Geoffrey Arnold Eaton Crossley was born on the 2nd June 1910 they were living
at 22 Airedale Crescent and they baptised their son at St Augustine’s Church. A second son, Laurence, was born in 1912 and at the outbreak of World War 1 the family were living at 501 Bolton Road and Joseph was still working for the Yorkshire Observer. Joseph enlisted on the 17th May 1915 as Private 203248 in the 1/5th Battalion of the West Yorkshire (Prince of Wales Own) Regiment and he served on the Western Front. In 1916 his battalion took part in the Battle of Aubers Ridge, the
Battle of Albert, the Battle of Bazentin Ridge, the Battle of Pozieres and the Battle of Flers Courcelette. Joseph was killed in action on the 5th April 1917 when no major offensive was taking place. He was 37 years old and since his enlistment had been promoted to Sergeant. He is buried at Laventie Military Cemetery at La Gorgue. His widow Catherine received his War Gratuity of £8.10s on the 18th August 1919. Researched and written by Jean Britteon, to whom many thanks
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