Research and Text by Brian Roote
St Mark’s Church, Woodcote, Scouts are currently looking at the names on the War Memorial in St Mark’s Church. A mystery arose when the name of Private C Crossley came up. There was no such soldier on the CWGC records and it transpired that they had mistakenly given him the initial G.
Charles Crossley was born in Lewisham on 1st August 1886. His parents were Henry Lewis Crossley and Matilda Dickenson. His father was a general labourer.
He married Susan Florence Tester in Bromley in 1910 and they had a daughter Florence Sybil in 1910 and then Vincent in 1912 and Henry in 1914.
Although his service records have not survived, all other documents such as his medal card are in the name Charles and states that he went to France on 10 July 1915, was in the Royal Army Service Corps, Number M2/078305 and that he died on 28 October 1918. His effects register entry also shows him as Charles. To seal the matter I obtained his birth certificate.
All this evidence was submitted to the CWGC and they were accepted. His name is now shown as Charles on their records. Arrangements are to be made for a new headstone but goodness knows how long this will be. A year or so in my experience. His name is now correct in their records.