A WW2 East Africa KIA Group to Crossley
A Scarce Palestine Campaign and WW2 East Africa ‘KIA’ Group of 4 awarded to Private Emile Crossley, 2nd Battalion West Yorkshire Regiment, killed in action by shell-fire at the Battle of Keren, Eritrea, on the 21st of March, 1941, having captured a key Italian fort on Mount Dologorodoc, comprising: General Service Medal, 1918-1962, single clasp, Palestine (4538512. Pte. E. Crossley. W. York. R.), 1939-1945 Star, Africa Star, War Medal, 1939-45; the first officially impressed, the remainder unnamed as issued, swing mounted on card for display. Toned, good very fine. (4) Private Emile Crossley, originally of St Andrews, Bradford, Yorkshire, was killed in action at the age of 30, having taken part in General Platt’s offensive at Keren, which was the decisive battle of the East African Campaign. The 2nd Battalion West Yorkshire Regiment took part on an assault upon a prominent fort on Mount Dologorodoc. The battalion war diary suggests that he was killed by shell or mortar fire during one of a number of determined counter-attacks led by Italian Alpini troops: “Between the 20th and 23rd March enemy shelling continued during the day and night, three shells bursting in the same place in as many minutes causing eight casualties amongst the stretcher-bearers. One shell burst in the Signal Exchange and another in the Battalion HQ mortally wounded the Signal Sergeant, one signaller was killed (NB – likely to be Private Crossley) and four wounded.” Private Emile Crossley is buried in the Karen War Cemetery, Eritrea. Sold with copy CWGC casualty report, typed summary, and copy battalion war diaries.