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Name: Thomas Carleson Crosby Regimental Number: 223017 Rank Lance Corporal Battalion: 85th Battalion Date of Birth: September 3, 1896 Place of Birth: Chebogue, Yarmouth, Co., Nova Scotia Place of Enlistment: Halifax, Nova Scotia Date of Enlistment: October 30, 1915 Age at enlistment: 19 Height: 5 Feet 4 Inches Complexion: Medium Eyes: Brown Hair: Light Brown Trade: Engineer Marital Status: Single Religion: Baptist Next of Kin: Susan Crosby (Mother) Yarmouth, Nova Scotia Date of Death: June 13, 1917 Age at Death: 21 Cause of Death: Wounded at Lens, June 13, 1917 Cemetery: Barlin Communal Cemetery, Pas de Calais, France Grave Reference Plot: III. C. 15. Commemorated on Page 223 of the First World War Book of Remembrance Displayed in the Memorial Chamber of the Peace Tower in Ottawa on May 19 Listed on the Nominal Roll of the 85th Battalion. Thomas was the son of Capt. Thomas Allen Crosby (1857-1933) and Susanna Hillois (Richardson) Crosby (1859-1933) of Yarmouth, Nova Scotia. He enlisted in Yarmouth with the 85th Battalion and went overseas with the Battalion. Shortly after enlisting he was given the rank of Lance Corporal, reverted to the ranks as a Private in order to proceed overseas and became a Lance Corporal again on May 10, 1917. On June 12, 1917 the 85th Battalion relieved the 102nd Battalion in the Triangle or Electric Light Station area in front of Angres. During the relief the Germans counter- attacked; however, were unsuccessful. It was during this battle that Lance Corporal Crosby was killed in action. His name is listed on the Yarmouth War Memorial as Crosby, Thomas Carl . His brother, Frank Killam Crosby, (1885-1944) died during WWII, while serving as Captain of the US Merchant Navy ship, SS Yarmouth.
Thomas Carleson Crosby
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