Lieutenant CHARLES VERNON CROSSLEY
Unit H.M.S. “Duchess.” Royal Naval Reserve
Awards D S C
Buried at CLEETHORPES CEMETERY
Lieutenant Charles Vernon Crossley (Royal Naval Reserve) is awarded the DSC in February 1915 while mine sweeping off Scarborough. There are three violent explosions under the stern of his ship trawler #465 (Star of Britain). He controls the crew and then crawls into a confined space near the screw shaft, discovered the damage and stopped the leak sufficiently to enable the pumps to keep the water down and save the ship. Lieutenant Crossley will die on service at home of illness in February 1918.