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Lance Corporal Thomas Carleson Crosby Regimental Number: 223017 Regiment: Canadian Infantry Battalion: 85th Battalion Rank Lance Corporal Date of Birth: September 3, 1896 Place of Birth: Yarmouth, Yarmouth County, Nova Scotia Place of Enlistment: Halifax, Nova Scotia Date of Enlistment: October 30, 1915 Age at enlistment: 19 Height: 5 Feet 4 Inches Trade: Engineer Marital Status: Single Religion: Baptist Next of Kin: Mrs Susan Crosby (mother), Yarmouth, Nova Scotia Thomas was the son of Capt. and Mrs. Thomas A. Crosby, 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 Thomas was killed in action. Listed on the Yarmouth Memorial as Crosby, Thomas Carl Date of Death: June 13, 1917 Age at Death: 21 Cause of Death: Wounded at Lens, June 13, 1917 Buried at: Barlin Communal Cemetery, Pas de Calais, France (Plot: III. C. 15.) Listed on the Nominal Roll of the 85th Battalion. 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
Lance Corporal Thomas Carleson Crosby
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