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My Great-Grandfather: Sgt Norris H. Crossley, West Riding Regt.

Article about: hi everyone i need some help im trying to replicate my great grandfathers uniform he was a serving sergeant with the west riding regiment the question is what things will i have to find and

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    Default re: My Great-Grandfather: Sgt Norris H. Crossley, West Riding Regt.

    thats brilliant i think i may make a frame for the certificate thank you so much

    tom

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    Default re: My Great-Grandfather: Sgt Norris H. Crossley, West Riding Regt.

    Going now to check Ancestry...

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    Default re: My Great-Grandfather: Sgt Norris H. Crossley, West Riding Regt.

    Just pulled up his medal card index entry.

    Awarded the British War Medal and the Victory Medal.

    This link will help you read it:

    Researching a soldier: interpreting a medal index card
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    Just found this. Now his Christian name is INCORRECTLY listed. I will add a correction to the records so anyone searching in the future will pick up on this:




    Name:

    Maurice H. Crossley



    Residence:

    Slaithwaite, Yorks



    Death Date:

    3 May 1917



    Death Location:

    France & Flanders



    Enlistment Location:

    Milnsbridge, Yorks



    Rank:

    Sergeant



    Regiment:

    Duke of Wellington's (West Riding Regiment)



    Battalion:

    2/7th Battalion



    Number:

    305856



    Type of Casualty:

    Killed in action



    Theatre of War:

    Western European Theatre

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    Default re: My Great-Grandfather: Sgt Norris H. Crossley, West Riding Regt.

    Ok that explains why I couldn't find him

    3rd May 1917 isn't second battle of arras either. That would be the "Third Battle of the Scarpe", part of the Arras Offensive of 1917, which, of course, started off with the Canadian Corps taking Vimy Ridge in April, and carried on until August.

    Now that we have him I can nail down exactly what insignia he would have had.

    2/7th Bn Duke of Wellington's (West Riding Regiment), were a war-formed 2nd Line duplicate of the pre-War 7th Bn (which was renamed 1/7th). It was formed at Milnsbridge (the home of 7th Bn) in September 1914, and fought with the 62nd (2nd West Riding) Division. It was broken up after the Battle of Arras in 1918.

    Brass shoulder title would have been T over 7 over W.Riding. In addition, 2/7th Bn wore a green felt rectangle (2.5 x 1.5 inches) on the shoulder straps (in action probably with the title removed), as part of the Battle Insignia scheme of 62nd Division.

    Now all that remains is to figure out if they were a 1908 or 1914 equipment (or a mixture) unit.

    Rob

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    Hi Rob, great stuff

    Hi Tom, a link which gives some background info on the Regt and Battl's.

    The Duke of Wellington's (West Riding Regiment) in 1914-1918

    Cheers, Ade.

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    Hi again Tom, it might be worth you spending a few quid on getting a researcher to copy his Medal Index Roll entry. It will cost you under a tenner and it MIGHT gain you another nuggett of info about him. I used this chap to get my Grandad's entry details. But if nothing else you will get a photocopy of his details.

    MilitaryResearch - Military, Historical and Genealogical Research

    I love doing WW1 stuff as the records are available. Beats WW2 stuff in that respect.

    Cheers, Ade.

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    Default re: My Great-Grandfather: Sgt Norris H. Crossley, West Riding Regt.

    Yes, right back at you.. great stuff

    I think we have both proved the point there that it's not about knowing the information, it's knowing where to look for it

    Rob

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    Default re: My Great-Grandfather: Sgt Norris H. Crossley, West Riding Regt.

    Hi Rob, it certainly helps!

    Cheers, Ade.

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