Crossan, George Stewart (No. 648044)

Crossan, George Stewart


No. 648044, 119 Squadron, Royal Air Force

Died in service on Tuesday 15 December 1942 (aged 21)

No known grave


Commonwealth War Graves Commission

Runnymede Memorial, Surrey, England (Panel 80)


in the CWGC Debt of Honour website it is recorded that Sergeant George Stewart Crossan’s parents, Joseph and Sarah Crossan, lived in Holywood, Co. Down.

George Stewart (sometimes Stuart) Crossan’s birth was registered in the second quarter of 1921 in Bawnboy, Co. Cavan and he was a son of Joseph and Sarah Crossan (nee Creighton) who were married on 19 October 1910 in Kildalton Parish Church of Ireland Church, Co Cavan.  Joseph Crossan (aged 26), a postman from Kildalton, was a son of George Crossan, a labourer.  Sarah Creighton (aged 21) from Kildalton (she was born in County Fermanagh) was a daughter of Stuart Creighton, a labourer.

In 1911 Joseph and Sarah Crossan (nee Creighton) were living in Dring, Bilberry, Co. Cavan with Joseph’s parents, George and Katherine Crossan.  Their daughter, Ruby Katherine Crossan was born on 25 June 1917.

During the Second World War Sergeant George Stewart Crossan (No. 648044) served with the Royal Air Force in 119 Squadron which was formed in March 1941 as part of Coastal Command.  In April 1942 the Squadron moved to RAF Lough Erne at Castle Archdale in County Fermanagh where they flew Consolidated PBY-5A Catalina Mk IIIA aircraft.  In August 1942 they returned to RAF Pembroke Dock and flew Short Sunderland aircraft.

Sergeant George Stewart Crossan (No. 648044) was 21 when he died on 15 December 1942 and his body was never recovered.  He is commemorated on the Runnymede Memorial in Surrey.