Charles Albert Crossley


Jan 15, 1869

Born in Todmorden, Lancashire England to John and Rebecca (nee Preston) Crossley


Jan 29, 1890

Married to Minnie Wearne in Todmorden, Lancashire, England


Dec 13, 1894

His wife, Minnie, died in Todmorden.  Two years later, he married Rebecca Hickman in England


May 15, 1906

Embarked the SS Lake Erie in Liverpool with his wife, Rebecca and 3 children, sons John and Henry and daughter Edith


May 25, 1906

Disembarked in Montreal, Quebec and proceeded to Cornwall, Ontario


Feb 5, 1916

Shown on the payroll of the 59th Stormont and Glengarry Regiment in Cornwall


Mar 2, 1916

Attested into the 154th Battalion in Cornwall, Ontario 

Ø      Number 633602

Ø      Next of kin given as Rebecca Crossley, wife, Cornwall, Ontario

Ø      Previous occupation given as Labourer

Ø      Previous military service given as 4 years in the Lancashire Fusiliers and 1 month in the 59th Regiment, Canadian Militia

Ø      Religion given as Methodist 

On attesting, he gave his birth date as January 15, 1872, making him appear to be 3 years younger than his actual age. 

The battalion trained in the Barriefield Camp, Kingston, Ontario 

His son, John, (son of current wife Rebecca) attested into the battalion the day prior, while his other son Henry, (born to his first wife, Minnie) had attested into the 74th Battalion August 5, 1915.


Sep 15, 1916

Charles’ son Henry, was killed in action while serving with the 5th CMR (Canadian Mounted Rifles) on the Somme.  He does not have a known grave and is honoured on the Canadian National Vimy Ridge Memorial, Vimy Ridge, France


Oct 25, 1916

Embarked the SS Mauretania in Halifax, Nova Scotia along with his son John


Oct 31, 1916

Disembarked in Liverpool, England and the battalion proceeded to Bramshott to continue training


Jan 31, 1917

Transferred to the newly formed 6th Reserve Battalion in East Sandling


Apr 21, 1917

Both Charles and his son John were posted to the 21st Battalion


Apr 22, 1917

Arrived at the CBD (Canadian Base Depot) in the Rouelles Camp, Havre, France as part of a draft of 3,000 reinforcements from England and TOS (Taken On Strength) the 21st Battalion


Apr 24, 1917

Left the CBD to join the battalion with his son


May 21, 1917

Joined the 21st Battalion in the Support Trenches near Vimy Ridge, as part of a draft of 149 reinforcements


There is no explanation as to why it took almost a full month to reach the battalion, however the CBD War Diary makes note of over 2,000 men leaving the camp to join various battalions.  It is possible that it took some time to reach each battalion spread across the front to deliver the men.


Oct 14, 1917

Left the 21st Battalion on proceeding to the base depot after he complained of pain in his back and legs and his true age was discovered.


Oct 16, 1917

Arrived at the No. 2 CIBD (Canadian Infantry Base Depot) in Etaples


Oct 26, 1917

Posted to the Canadian Labour Pool


Nov 1, 1917

Medical Board classified him B3, meaning that he is fit for sedentary work only as a clerk in non-combat units because of bouts Myalgia and being over-age.


Nov 3, 1917

The 21st Battalion moved into the front lines at Passchendaele and his son, John, was seriously wounded, and died the following day


Nov 9, 1917

Proceeded to England and posted to the EORD (Eastern Ontario Regimental Depot) in Seaford


Dec 16, 1917

Attached to the CDD (Canadian Discharge Depot) in Buxton pending return to Canada


Dec 23, 1917

Embarked the SS Metagama in Liverpool


Jan 5, 1918

Disembarked in Saint John, New Brunswick and proceeded to Kingston, Ontario


Jan 10, 1918

TOS the No. 3 Special Service Company in Fort Henry, Kingston


Feb 15, 1918

Discharged from the CEF at Fort Henry, Kingston 

Ø      Rank on discharge Private

Ø      War Service Badges Class “A” and Class “B” issued

Ø      Proposed residence on discharge Box 1024, Cornwall, Ontario 

Following the war the British War Medal and Victory Medals were sent to him at Box 1024 Cornwall, Ontario





The 1935 census shows him living at 16 Seymour Ave., Cornwall, Ontario and lists his occupation as Lockman.  The 1940 census lists him at the same address, but as being retired.

The January 1935 issue of the Communiqué had the following


Jan 2, 1945

Charles Crossley died in Cornwall, Ontario and his widow, Rebecca, is shown as living at 16 Seymour Ave., Cornwall



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