World War 1

Search the known records to date of those lost from the wider Alnwick area in World War 1

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William Crisp




Service Number:


Duke of Wellington's (West Riding Regiment), 2nd Battalion



Caterpillar Valley Cemetery, Longueval

Service History:
Enlisted at Morpeth, Northumberland in January 1916.

Formerly 29040, Northumberland Fusiliers, 1/8th Battalion Territorial Force.

Crisp left England on 12 September 1916 to join his regiment & was immediately posted to the Duke of Wellington's (West Riding Regiment) 2nd Battalion, joining them on 19 September on the Somme battlefields.

On 1 October the Battle of Transloy Ridge began during appalling weather & with dreadful battlefield conditions. Despite a heavy British bombardment on German positions, when the British attack was finally launched stiff resistance was encountered, little progress was made & heavy casualties were sustained. Fighting continued until 3 October, then there was a pause until 7 October because the weather was so bad. Another major assault was attempted on 12 October which resulted in a few gains but, again, at a heavy cost.

Crisp was posted 'Missing, death presumed'.
(Source: 'Felton War Memorial: The Men behind the names'; Eleanor George [formerly Hall]; 2009; p. 47)

Born in 1894, near Alnwick, Northumberland, the eldest of six children of the late William Crisp (d. 1910; Uncle of Robert Crisp, KIA 18 October 1917), by his second wife, Isabella Crisp (née Scott).

At the beginning of 1916, Isabella & her children were living at Eshott Farm where Clough was Head Cowman.

Cousin of Private Robert John Crisp (Regimental service #24457; Northumberland Fusiliers 23rd [Service] Battalion [4th Tyneside Scottish]; Died 18 October 1917).
(Source: 'Felton War Memorial: The Men behind the names'; Eleanor George [formerly Hall]; 2009; p. 48)

Local Memorial:
Acklington, Parish Church of St. John the Divine Church Felton War Memorial incorporating Acton, Eshott, Swarland & Thirston Warkworth War Memorial (by St Lawrence's Church)