Crossen, John (No. 11113)

Crossen, John

Rifleman

No. 11113, 6th Battalion, Royal Irish Rifles 

Killed in action on Wednesday 11 August 1915 (aged 25)

No known grave

Commemorated:

Commonwealth War Graves Commission

Helles Memorial, Gallipoli, Turkey (Panel 177 and 178)

Journey of Remembering Belfast Book of Honour

BIOGRAPHY

In some records his surname is spelt Crossan and in others Crossin.

In the Soldiers Died in the Great War 1914 – 1919 database it is recorded that John Crossen was born in Ballygowan and he enlisted in Belfast.

John Crossen was born on 26 August 1889 in the townland of Ravara, Ballygowan and he was the eldest son of John and Catherine Crossen (nee Davidson, sometimes Davison) who were married on 15 November 1888 in Gilnahirk Presbyterian Church Belfast.  John Crossen from Ravara was a son of John Crossen, a labourer.  Catherine Davidson from Ravara was a daughter of John Davidson, a farmer.

John Crossen Senior worked as a labourer and then as a carrier and he and Catherine had at least twelve children including:

John (born 26 August 1889 in Ravara)

Catherine (born 17 June 1891 in Ravara)

Sarah (born 14 January 1894 in Ravara)

William James (born 23 November 1895 in Tullygirvan)

Mary Ann (born 5 September 1897 at 32 Trellick Street, Belfast)

Elizabeth Jane (Eliza, born 31 January 1899 at 72 Thorndyke Street, Belfast)

Isabella (born 9 August 1901 at 20 Westminster Avenue, Belfast)

Mary Hector (May, born 4 September 1906 at 20 Westminster Avenue, Belfast)

Louisa Woods (born 30 October 1908 at 20 Westminster Avenue, Belfast)

Sophia (born 23 September 1911 at 20 Westminster Avenue, Belfast)

In the late 1890s the Crossen family moved from Ballygowan to Belfast.

Before John Crossen enlisted he worked with his father as a carrier.  He was a member of Loyal Orange Lodge (LOL) 747, Royal Black Preceptory (RBP) 322 and the South Belfast Regiment of the Ulster Volunteer Force (UVF).

During the Great War Rifleman John Crossen (No. 11113) served with the 6th Battalion Royal Irish Rifles in 29th Brigade of the 10th (Irish) Division in Gallipoli and it was reported that the Battalion was plagued by flies and a shortage of water.

Rifleman John Crossen (No. 11113) was 25 when he was killed in action on 11 August 1915 in the advance on Chunuk Bair during the Battle of Sari Bair.

Rifleman John Crossen (No. 11113) has no known grave and he is commemorated on the Helles Memorial, Gallipoli, Turkey and in the Journey of Remembering Belfast Book of Honour.

Rifleman John Crossen’s home address at the time of his death was 93 Derwent Street, Belfast and in the Army Register of Soldiers’ Effects his father John was named as his next-of-kin.