Crozier, Cyril Johnson (Cyril)
No. 1061583, 86 Squadron, Royal Air Force Volunteer Reserve
Killed in action on Sunday 17 May 1942 (aged 29)
Sola Churchyard, Norway (British Plot E. 9)
Bangor and District War Memorial
Coleraine Academical Institution
Queen’s University, Belfast
Cyril Johnston Crozier was born on 11 February 1913 at 1a Strand, Londonderry and he was the only son of William John and Ada Crozier (nee Johnson) who were married on 9 April 1912 in Coleraine Methodist Church. William John Crozier, a schoolteacher from 2 Asylum Road, Londonderry was a son of George Crozier, a weaver. Ada Johnson (aged 19) from Union Street, Coleraine was a daughter of Henry James Johnston, a ‘permanent way inspector’.
The Crozier family lived in Coleraine and Cyril attended Coleraine Academical Institution from 1923 until 1926. He also attended Queen’s University, Belfast where he studied languages. He obtained an MA degree and a Higher Diploma in Education and until the outbreak of war he was on the staff of Lisburn Technical High School for Boys where he taught French and English. After Cyril died a colleague said that, ‘though he was a scholar he did not parade his learning. He was an authority on the French language and to him education was more than a profession’.
The Crozier family moved from Coleraine to Bangor where they lived at 13 Fourth Avenue. Cyril Crozier and Meta Wilson of 18 Farnham Road, Bangor were married on 12 November 1941 in Queen’s Parade Methodist Church, Bangor. Both were well-known in musical circles in Bangor and, at the wedding, Meta’s sister Betty played the organ. Her sister Molly was bridesmaid. Cyril and Meta Crozier honeymooned in the Republic of Ireland and just six months later Cyril was killed in action.
Sergeant Cyril Johnson Crozier (No. 1061583) served with the Royal Air Force Volunteer Reserve and initially he was reported missing in action. In October 1942 it was officially confirmed that he had been killed and was buried in Norway. His effects amounted to some £95 and probate was granted to his widow Meta.
Sergeant Cyril Johnson Crozier (No. 1061583) was 29 when he died and he is commemorated on Bangor and District War Memorial; in Coleraine Academical Institution and in Queen’s University, Belfast.