2nd Lt Harold Crossley RAF

1898 Mar 5. Born Yorkshire. Although I know the date from his RAF record and RIC Record, there are at least 3 possible men. However 1 is registered Oct/Dec, another Jul/Sep so the most probable is the man registered Jan/Mar in Halifax. His age is correct on the census. The other 2 would be wrong.

1901 census at 9, John Street, Halifax

1911 census at 3 Falcon St Salterhebble, Halifax (as on RAF Record)

1915 - 1916 An Electrician at Drakes, Halifax

1916 Sep 18.Enlisted in RFC

1918 Jul 27. Commissioned in RAF. The following Cadets are granted temp commissions, 2nd Lt, RAF - Harold Crossley

1918 Sep 26. No 99 Sqn, Independent Force, RAF, sent two formations of five DH 9s to bomb Railways at Thionville, with Railways at Metz-Sablon as a secondary target.  The raid had been ordered to support the Allied ground offensive near Verdun. The formation was attacked by German fighters and, after losing one DH 9, Capt Welchmann opted to bomb the secondary target.  The remaining DH 9s were attacked as they returned, suffering severe losses: 2Lt W H Gillett & 2Lt H Crossley shot down and were both taken PoW.

1918 Nov. Repatriated

1920 Oct. Joined ADRIC with service no 783. Posted to G Coy

1921 May 28 to 11 Jun on Leave

1921 Jul 2 . Promoted Section Leader.

1921 Jul 28 to 13 Aug on Leave

1922 Feb 2. Discharged on demobilisation of ADRIC

1922 Mar 28. Joined the British Gendarmerie section of the Palestine Police as a Constable

1931 Sep 19 married • Southwark, London, to Muriel Maria Barret

1939 Register. Living with wife Muriel M at The Hollies Hammond Street , Bushey U.D., Hertfordshire. He is Newspaper Representative Company Director Accountant

1958 Died Edmonton, London