Canadian Virtual War Memorial

Francis John Crossfield

In memory of:

Wing Commander Francis John Crossfield

June 1, 1940

Military Service

Service Number:





Air Force


Royal Canadian Air Force


War Medal 1939-45, Canadian Volunteer Service Medal and Clasp

Additional Information


April 10, 1880
Langwathby, Cumberland, England

Son of Thomas and Dorathea Crossfield. Brother of James Sarginson Crossfield of Westmoreland, England. Husband of Edith Adeline (nee Botterell) Crossfield, of Ottawa, Ontario. At the outbreak of the First World War, Wing Commander Crossfield cabled to report to England as he was on Reserve of the 16th Lancers. When no reply was received in three days,he enlisted as a private with the Canadian Mounted Rifles. He was eventually traced by the Lancers, but was given permission to stay with the Canadian Mounted Rifles. When the war ended he was a Sergeant.

Commemorated on Page 12 of the Second World War Book of Remembrance. Request a copy of this page.

Burial Information


Ontario, Canada

Grave Reference:

Sec. 21. Lot 61.


OTTAWA (BEECHWOOD) CEMETERY contains 98 Commonwealth burials of the First World War and 113 from the Second World War. Many of the graves are in the two veterans plots, where there is also a Cross of Sacrifice dedicated to all service casualties buried in the cemetery. The OTTAWA CREMATION MEMORIAL is in a shelter adjoining the newer of the veterans plots in the cemetery and commemorates 26 Second World War servicmen whose remains were cremated elsewhere in Canada and the U.S.A.

Information courtesy of the Commonwealth War Graves Commission.

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