Walter Crossley (b 1895)

Walter Crossley served in the Cameronians and was wounded at the Battle of Loos, 1915. Loos was the first major British offensive on the Western Front. He wrote from his hospital bed in Ipswich to Herbert Hartley in Burnley. The letter graphically records the action he was in. More than 50 Burnley men were killed 25th/26th September, 1915.

Joining Up

Whilst some men joined the Royal Navy and Royal Flying Corps, the majority served in the Army. It is not surprising that most men served in the East Lancashire Regiment but, unusually, it was the Cameronians, a Scottish regiment, which was the second most popular. The reason was the regiment seemed to be very good at recruiting. However, after the losses on the Somme in 1916, there was a determined effort by the Army to steer men away from joining Read more>>