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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
Summary      
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.
Further Information
John Crossett was the second of two sons of Henry and Mary Ann Crossett. Henry Crossett married Mary Ann Lindsey about 1886.
John Crossett was born on 24th October 1891 in Cookstown. John was one of two children.
Family: Henry Crossett, Mary Ann Crossett, David Crossett (born 14th June 1885), John Crossett (born 24th October 1891).
By the time of the 1901 census, the family had moved to Belfast.
The 1901 census lists John as 9 years old, living with the family at 71 Silvio, Belfast. Henry Crossett was a builder’s labourer.
The 1911 census lists John as age 19, living with the family at house 87 in Carnan Street, Shankill, Belfast. Both John and his father were general labourers.
John Crossett enlisted in Belfast.
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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.
Rifleman John Crossett has no known grave is commemorated on Le Touret Memorial.
John Crossett is also commemorated on the Great War Memorial in St Matthew's Church of Ireland, Shankill, Belfast.
The CWGC record Rifleman John Crossett as the son of Henry and Mary Ann Crossett of 116 Carnan Street, Belfast.
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Relevant Cookstown Area Locations
No Location Region Location Notes Longtitude Latitude
1 Cookstown area Cookstown Central Parents lived in Cookstown 54.646293 -6.745494
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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 2010-2020