CROSSMAN, Albert Dennis
(Service number 6/4229)

First Rank Private Last Rank


Date 27 December 1888 Place of Birth Brookside (near Christchurch)

Enlistment Information

Date 16 December 1915 Age 26 years 11 months
Address at Enlistment Levels
Occupation Farmer
Previous Military Experience
Marital Status Single
Next of Kin George CROSSMAN (father), Brookside
Religion Wesleyan
Medical Information

Military Service

Served with NZ Armed Forces Served in Army
Military District

Embarkation Information

Body on Embarkation New Zealand Expeditionary Force
Unit, Squadron, or Ship 11th Reinforcements, Canterbury Infantry Battalion, C Company
Date 1 April 1916
Transport Tahiti or Maunganui
Embarked From Wellington Destination Suez, Egypt
Other Units Served With
Last Unit Served With

Military Awards

Campaigns Egyptian Expeditionary Force; Western European
Service Medals British War Medal; Victory Medal
Military Awards

Award Circumstances and Date

No information

Prisoner of War Information

Date of Capture
Where Captured and by Whom
Actions Prior to Capture
PoW Serial Number
PoW Camps
Days Interned
Liberation Date


Date Reason

Hospitals, Wounds, Diseases and Illnesses

Post-war Occupations



Date 1 February 1951 Age 62 years
Place of Death Milford, Temuka (residence)
Notices Press, 2 February 1951
Memorial or Cemetery Temuka Cemetery
Memorial Reference General Cemetery, Row 60, Plot 773
New Zealand Memorials

Biographical Notes

Albert Dennis Crossman was born on 27 December 1888 at Brookside (near Christchurch), the third son of George and Mary Sophia (née Frampton) Crossman. George and Mary married in 1879 in their native Somerset. In 1880 their first child was born at Brookside, Canterbury, New Zealand. By 1911 Albert was a farm laburer at Levels Valley, where his oldest brother, Alfred George Crossman, was a farmer.

Albert D. Crossman, Levels, was one of the South Canterbury recruits for the eleventh reinforcements (Infantry), who left Timaru for Trentham on 15 December 1915. When he enlisted on 15 December 1915 at Trentham, his address was Levels. A farmer, single, and Wesleyan, he named his father as next-of-kin – George Crossman, Brookside. Private A. D. Crossman embarked with the Canterbury Infantry Battalion of the 11th Reinforcements, departing from Wellington for Suez, Egypt, on 1 April 1916. On 5 April 1917 at Plymouth he embarked per the “Athenic” for the return to New Zealand. All his service was in Europe, for which he was awarded the British War Medal and the Victory Medal.

Albert Crossman married Anna Elizabeth Gudex (Bessie) in 1918. He returned to farming and lived at Milford near Temuka until his death. Albert Dennis Crossman served with the Home Guard in World War Two, while his son, Edward James Crossman (Ted) served with the air force. His younger brother, Frederick Wiliam Crossman, also served in World War One and Alfred was listed on the Reserve Rolls, being a married man with children. His father died suddenly in 1914. Albert Dennis Crossman, too, died suddenly – on 1 February 1951 at his Milford residence. He was buried at Temuka Cemetery, his wife Anna with him almost twenty years later. They were survived by two sons and a daughter.


Auckland War Memorial Museum Cenotaph Database [01 August 2022]; NZ BDM Indexes (Department of Internal Affairs) [01 August 2022]; Timaru Herald, 9 December 1915, 23 January 1942, Press, 2 February 1951, 15 January 1971 (Papers Past) [01 & 02 August 2022]; Temuka Cemetery headstone images (Timaru District Council) [01 August 2022]

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