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Edmond Douglas Crossley



  • Title
  • Forenames
    Edmond Douglas AWMM
  • Surname
    Crossley AWMM
  • Ingoa
  • Also known as
    Edmund AWMM
  • Service number
    • WWII NZ402465 AWMM
    • 402465 AWMM
  • Gender
    Male AWMM
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  • Waka
  • Rohe
  • Religion

Civilian life

About birth

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  • Birth
    25 May 1918 Hanson Hanson
  • Date of birth
  • Place of birth
  • Birth notes
  • Address before enlistment
  • Post war occupation
  • Next of kin on embarkation
    WW2 Mrs O. Crossley (wife), Hawera AWMM
  • Relationship status
    Pre 1940 AWMM Married/WWII AWMM
    Mrs O. Crossley, Hawera AWMM


Wars and conflicts

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  • War
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  • Armed force / branch
    Air Force AWMM
  • Service number
    • WWII NZ402465 AWMM
    • 402465 AWMM
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Military decorations

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  • Medals and Awards
    • Military Cross (MC) AWMM
      1942 AWMM
      Citation for MC: (18 August 1942) :[4 Hill Depot, Far East] This officer [then a Plt. Off] was taken prisoner after participating in the land defence of Hong Kong. He planned an escape from the Prisoner of War Camp with two other military officers. At 0100 hours on 2nd February, 1942, they left the camp in a sampan and although fired on by the Japanese succeeded in landing and taking to the hills. They his during the day and travelled at night. In the early hours of 5th February, 1942, they were attacked by five armed bandits and in the early hours of 7th February, 1942 they were again attacked by 60 armed bandits. All three were badly beaten and robbed of their money and valuables. At dawn they were released , retaining their maps and food. After an exhausting march during which they narrowly escaped a Japanese party, they reached a guerilla camp, where they remained for five days, and were joined by three other officers. On 13th February, 1942, they continued their journey to Wai Chow and the remainder of their journey, though difficult, was without danger. AWMM
    • Mentioned in Despatches (MiD) AWMM
      Citation for MiD: (NY1945): In recognition of distinguished service and devotion to duty during service in North Africa, Sicily and Italy, ferrying aircraft with the Mediterranean Air Transport Service. The RAF unit to which Sqn Ldr Crossley was attached in Hong Kong (Station Flight, Kai Tak) did not become operational as all their aircraft were destroyed in the first Japanese attack on their aerodrome. Plt Off Crossley was then attached to the Winnipeg Grenadiers as a machine-gunner in defence of Hong Kong Island, becoming a prisoner of war when the Island fell. Following his escape, he was taken care of by the British Consul, Chungking, and evacuated by China National Aviation Corp Airliner to Calcutta, via Lashio, Burma, spending two and a half months in a Calcutta hospital recuperating. AWMM
    • War Medal 1939-1945 AWMM
    • New Zealand War Service Medal AWMM

Training and Enlistment

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  • Military training
  • Branch Trade Proficiency
  • Enlistment
    WW2 9 July 1940 Hanson Company manager/Civilian AWMM
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Prisoner of war

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  • Capture details
    Hong Kong, Southeast Asia NZ Herald
    25 Dec 1941-2 February 1942 AWMM
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  • Liberation date
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Medical history

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  • Medical notes

Last known rank

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Biographical information

Biographical information

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  • He was the son of Mr F Crossley of Tinakori Road, Wellington.

    He escaped from the P.O.W. camp in Hong Kong where he was held in 1942.

    Sqn Ldr E. D. Crossley, MC, m.i.d.; Lower Hutt; born Wellington, 25 May 1917; company manager; p.w. 25 Dec 1941; escaped 2 Feb 1942. (Source: Hall, D.O.W. Escapes. p.32.) AWMM


About death

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  • Death
    20 January 1958 Hanson
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