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8215   Rifleman John Crossett
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Dated added: 30/12/2015   Last updated: 01/05/2020
Personal Details
Regiment/Service: 2nd Battalion, Royal Irish Rifles (British Army)
Date Of Birth: 24/10/1891
Died: 27/10/1914 (Killed in Action)
Age: 23
John Crossett was the second of two sons of Henry and Mary Ann Crossett. He was born on 24th October 1891 in Cookstown. By the time of the 1901 census, the family had moved to Belfast. Both John and his father were general labourers. The 1st Battle of Ypres started on 18th October 1914. Rifleman John Crossett was serving with the 2nd Battalion of the Royal Irish Rifles when he was killed in action on Tuesday 27th October 1914.
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Cemetery Details
Cemetery: Le Touret Memorial
  Le Touret, Pas-de-Calais
Grave Ref: Panel 42-43
CWGC Casualty 1559663
Le Touret Memorial is located at the east end of Le Touret Military Cemetery, on the south side of the Bethune-Armentieres main road. From Bethune follow the signs for Armentieres until you are on the D171. Continue on this road through Essars and Le Touret village. Approximately 1 kilometre after Le Touret village and about 5 kilometres before you reach the intersection with the D947, Estaires to La Bassee road, the Cemetery lies on the right hand side of the road. The Memorial takes the form of a loggia surrounding an open rectangular court. The court is enclosed by three solid walls and on the eastern side by a colonnade. East of the colonnade is a wall and the colonnade and wall are prolonged northwards (to the road) and southwards, forming a long gallery. Small pavilions mark the ends of the gallery and the western corners of the court.
Local Memorial Details

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1 Cookstown Cenotaph WWI - East Panel 2018 Cookstown
Local Institute / Local Book Details

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1 Cookstown War Dead Book WW1 27
References and Links
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1 1901 Census lists Crossett family 1901 census lists John as 9 years old at 71 Silvio, Shankhill, Antrim
2 1911 Census lists 'Crositt' family 1911 census lists John as age 19, living with the family at house 87 in Carnan Street, Shankill, Antrim
3 Lennox Wylie - Ballycastle Heroes Lists Rifleman John Crossett
4 National Archives UK Medal card can be purchased here
5 St Matthew's COI, Shankill Lists Rifleman John Crossett
Cookstown District's War Dead Acknowledgements 2010-2023