Siblings: Nellie, John,, Harry, Joe, Charlotte, Herbert, Edith May, Frank
Occupation: Cashier, Yarn merchants
Rolls of Honour: St Luke’s, Eccleshill
Regiment: Bradford Pals
Lewis Crossley was born in 1883 the son of Lewis Crossley and Charlotte Leadbeatter.Lewis and Charlotte already had four children born in Northowram.By 1891 the family had moved to Bradford and were living at 27 Athol Road, Heaton. Lewis was the first child to be born in Bradford, followed by Charlotte, Herbert, Edith Mary and Frank.Lewis senior died in 1901 aged 50 when the family were living at 4 Sherbourne Road. Lewis , aged 18, was working as a yarn merchants clerk. In 1911 he is shown as the head of the household with his mother and
the two youngest children Edith and Frank still living at home at 61 Queens Road, Bradford. Lewis is now working as a cashier at yarn merchants.At the outbreak of World War 1 Lewis enlisted in Halifax on the 19th September 1914 as Private 242602 in the West Yorkshire (Prince of Wales Own) Regiment. He gave his address as Sowerby Bridge. This regiment was formed in September 1914 by the Lord Mayor of Bradford becoming known as the Bradford Pals.On a home leave on the 3rd December 1917 at Christ Church,
Sowerby Bridge, Lewis married Emily Noble who was 29 years of age, a winder living at 16 West Parade, Sowerby Bridge. Lewis was 30 years of age and his occupation given as a soldier. His address is shown as 6 Unity Terrace, Mile Cross, Halifax. Lewis’s regiment moved to Egypt in December 1915, arriving there on the 6th December before being transferred to France in March 1916 in readiness for the big push on the Somme on the Western Front. Lewis who survived the Somme and years of fighting, died on the 17th October 1918.
He is buried at the Niederzwehren Cemetery in Kassel which is situated in Northern Hesse, Germany. This Cemetery was begun by the Germans in 1915 for the burial of prisoners of war who died at the local camp so it is probable that Lewis had at some time in 1918 been taken prisoner. At the time of his death he was 35 years old and had been promoted to Corporal.His effects were left to his widow Emily who on the 4th November 1919 received the sum of £28.18.17d which included his War Gratuity.Researched and written by Jean Britteon, to whom many thanks