Crosby, Arthur Barnard Lifford (1895-1917)
Sherborne School, UK, Book of Remembrance for former pupils who died in the First World War, 1914-1918.
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Details: Arthur Barnard Lifford Crosby (1895-1917) born 20 March 1895 in Norton, Durham. Son of Hugh Stowell Crosby (Old Shirburnian) and Alice Louisa Crosby (nee Deane) of Corton Denham, Sherborne, Dorset, formerly of Cliff Rigg, Great Ayton, Yorkshire, and of Ingleside, Davenport. Brother of Timothy Hugh Stowell Crosby (1898-1918).
Attended Lower School, Uppingham.
Attended Sherborne School (Harper House) January 1910-July 1913; cricket XI 1912, 1913.
Occupation: Clerk in County Court Office, Middlesborough.
WW1, enlisted September 1914 in the Public Schools' Battalion and gazetted as 2nd Lieutenant the Durham Light Infantry, 5th Bn. Died of wounds in Arras, France, on 24 April 1917.
Warlincourt Halte British Cemetery, Saulty, X. C. 5 www.cwgc.org/find-war-dead/casualty/90973/CROSBY,%20ARTHU...
Great Ayton war memorial www.ww1-yorkshires.org.uk/html-files/great-ayton-cc.htm
Norton St Mary church www.ww1-yorkshires.org.uk/html-files/norton-st-marys-chur...
Sherborne School: War Memorial Staircase; Book of Remembrance; Harper House roll of honour. Mrs. H.S. Crosby and Miss M.D. Crosby donated £1.1s. each towards the Sherborne School War Memorial in memory of 2nd Lt. A.B.L. Crosby.
His Commanding Officer, the late Brigadier-General Roland Bradford, VC, MC, wrote to Crosby's parents: 'I wish on behalf of all ranks of this Battalion to offer you our heartfelt sympathy at the loss of your gallant son. From the very first day he joined the Battalion he gained the confidence and love of his brother officers and men. He was a remarkably capable officer and set a glorious example of conscientiousness and devotion to duty. In Battle he was conspicuously courageous and led his men with great skill. I realise that you will feel his loss most deeply, but I trust you will find consolation in the fact that the Service he has rendered to the Country, has been of incalculable value and that the noble example he set will always live.'
His Company Commander wrote: 'He was such a topping good chap and helped as much or more than anyone in the battalion to make the attack the success it was.'
A fellow Officer wrote: 'He was such a cheery soul and somehow had the knack of making the worst things easier to put up with.'
Obituary, The Shirburnian, July 1917: '2ND LIEUTENANT. A.B. LIFFORD CROSBY entered Mr Bell's House (d) in 1910. He gained his 1st XI Colours in 1912 and during his last term, 1913, won the individual cup for batting and the bowling belt. On the outbreak of war he took a commission in the Durham Light Infantry, but shortly afterwards resigned it in order to join one of the Public Schools' Battalions at Epsom for further training. After serving at the front for some months as a private, he was again given a Commission in the Durham Light Infantry. He was mortally wounded in the battle of Arras at the end of April, and died on the following day. His Commanding Officer writes: 'He was a remarkably capable officer and set a glorious example of conscientiousness and devotion to duty. In battle he was conspicuously courageous and led his men with great skill.'