Andrew Crosbie

Private 14589
Wellington Regiment, New Zealand Expeditionary Force
Crosbie enlisted in the 14th NZ Reinforcements (B Company) on 6th March 1916 at Trentham and was posted to the 11th Company of the 1st Battn Wellington Regiment. He sailed for England on 26th June 1916 on Troopship 56 ‘Maunganui’ and disembarked at Devonport on 22nd August. He was dispatched to France on 26th September and finally reached the front on 12th October 1916 as part of the reinforcements for 1st New Zealand Brigade of the New Zealand Division. From this point on there are no details about Crosbie’s service. The Division fought in the latter parts of the Battle of the Somme in 1916. In 1917 the Division took part in the successful Battle of Messines (7-14th June) which Crosbie survived only to die in unknown circumstances later that month.
20th January 1899, Glasgow. This is the date given on Crosbie’s enlistment papers but the year is definitely wrong. According to census records he was born in 1891 just before the census of that year was taken.
Death26th June 1917
Nothing is known about the circumstances of Crosbie’s death but the fact that he is commemorated on the Messine Ridge (NZ) Memorial strongly implies that he was posted missing and his body was never found or identified.
BurialMessines Ridge (NZ) Memorial
Son of Margaret Crosbie (formerly Spittal), of 3, Alexandra Park Gardens, Dennistoun, Glasgow, Scotland, and the late Thomas S. Crosbie.
Thomas S Crosbie (c1862-1924) & Margaret Spittal (c1862-1930)
Cashier in a bakery (1911)
Jeanie (c1887-1894), James (c1889-1966), George (1893-1916), John S (c1896-), Margaret (1901-), Bethia (c1908-)
Whitehill School, Glasgow
Bank clerk (1911), farmer (1916)
Slatefield Street, Dennistoun, Glasgow
58, Roslea Drive, Glasgow
3 Armadale Street, Dennistoun, Glasgow
Mahoe, Taranaki, New Zealand
Glasgow NecropolisCompartment Sextus Lair 23
Scottish National War Memorial Whitehill School War Memorial
Crosbie emigrated to New Zealand sometime after 1911 and went to work for his brother James who had gone in 1909.
Acknowledgements and SourcesMuch of the information on which this profile is based is drawn from various internet sources which are listed below.  The Friends of Glasgow Necropolis also wish to make full acknowledgement and thanks for the permitted use of any information or images generously supplied specifically for exhibition, publication or display in connection with The Roll of Honour and accompanying profiles to Ancestry, and Find my past. Commonwealth War Graves Commission Family Search Scotlands People The Long, Long Trail The Scottish War Memorials Project Service Record of Andrew Crosbie (Archives New Zealand Record no: 0030306; R no: R21899259; Series: 18805)  


Compiled by Morag Fyfe, Historical and Genealogical Researcher for The Friends of Glasgow Necropolis.

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