Poor William, not only suffered the indignity of his fellow officers forgetting how to spell his Surname after his death but misnamed on the Woking memorial, and then his name was placed on the Wrong IWGC Memorial …..
William was born 30 March 1895 in Preston Sussex, the eldest of 3 sons born to a Yorkshire Author and Journalist, Thomas William Hodgson CROSLAND who by 1897 had moved his family to Willesden, Middlesex. By the time of the 1911 Census the family had settled in Courtenay Road, Woking.
William joined the Territorial army 28th Battalion (Artists Rifles), London Regiment as a Private soldier and was posted to the BEF in France 21 April 1916. On the 25th March 1917 he was commissioned as a 2nd Lieutenant in the West Yorkshire Regiment and joined the 2nd Battalion at Moislains as they were beginning their pursuit of the Germans who were withdrawing to the Hindenburg line.
The battalion war Diary records that W.P.CROSSLAND (sic) was one of five 2nd Lieutenants of the 2nd Battalion killed on the 16 August 1917 during the action at the Battle of Langemarck, (3rd Battle of Ypres)
The battalion did not have a good day on Westhoek Ridge as 400 men went into action, but by the end of the day 264 OR and 10 Officers were listed as Casualties. 109 of these are listed as having died that day, of whom, 14 have known graves, 94 are listed on the Tyne Cot Memorial and, for some unknown reason, CROSLAND, W P was engraved on the Thiepval Memorial.
Entry on Thiepval memorial ©Danielle Roubroeks
The necessary documentation was sent to the CWGC for Review and the CWGC database amended on 1 Aug 2018 to indicate that William will be added to the Addendum Panel on the Tyne Cot memorial.