Charles Frederick Crossley



Feb 17, 1884

Born in Leicester, England to John and Jane Crossley


Sep 11, 1915

Attested into the 70th Battalion in London, Ontario 

Ø      Number 123271

Ø      Next of kin given as Mrs. Florence Edith Crossley, wife, 34 Palace Rd., London, Ontario

o       The address was later changed to read 23 Miles St., London, Ontario

Ø      Previous occupation given as Teamster

Ø      No previous military experience given

Ø      Religion given as Church of England

Ø      Assigned to “A” Company 


Apr 24, 1916

Embarked the SS Lapland in Halifax, Nova Scotia


May 5, 1916

Disembarked in Liverpool and the battalion proceeded to Shorncliffe to continue training


Jul 10, 1916

Transferred to the 39th Reserve Battalion in West Sandling to continue training


Oct 4, 1916

Posted to the 21st Battalion


Oct 5, 1916

Arrived at the CBD (Canadian Base Depot) in the Rouelles Camp, Havre, France as part of a draft of 132 reinforcements from England, and TOS (Taken On Strength) the 21st Battalion


Oct 14, 1916

Left the CBD to join the battalion


Oct 16, 1916

Joined the 21st Battalion in billets in Divion, France


Dec 14, 1916

While on sentry duty in the front line trench number 223, he was accidentally shot in the back.  It was initially suspected as being self inflicted, but that was later dismissed. 

He was admitted to the No. 5 CFA (Canadian Field Ambulance) for first aid


Dec 15, 1916

Transferred to the No. 32 CCS (Casualty Clearing Station) for further treatment and admitted to their special hospital section


Dec 31, 1916

Discharged to duty from hospital


Jan 1, 1917

Admitted to No. 5 CFA with problems resulting from his back wound


Jan 3, 1917

Transferred to the No. 4 CFA CRS (Canadian Rest Station)


Jan 11, 1917

Discharged to duty from the rest station


Mar 23, 1917

Sent to the No. 2 CFA for an eye exam and returned to the battalion the same day


Apr 16, 1917

After receiving shrapnel wounds to his right leg and fingers, he was admitted to the No. 3 Canadian General Hospital in Boulogne


Apr 18, 1917

Transferred to the No. 7 Convalescent Depot, Boulogne, for recuperation


Apr 30, 1917

Transferred to the No. 10 Convalescent Depot in Ecault to continue his recovery


May 11, 1917

Discharged to the #3 Rest Camp


May 14, 1917

Joined the CBD in the Rouelles Camp


Jun 5, 1917

Rejoined the 21st Battalion in billets in Coupigny


Aug 15, 1917

After first being reported as Missing in Action, Private Crossley’s body was recovered and given a proper battlefield burial.  When the war had ended, the Graves Registration Commission exhumed his remains and reburied him in the Bully Grenay Communal Cemetery, Pas de Calais, France

Following the war British War Medal, Victory Medal, Plaque (Dead Man’s Penny), Scroll and Memorial Cross were sent to his widow, Mrs., F.E. Docherty, 236 Bridge Ave., Windsor, Ontario


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