PERSONAL DETAILS
Name/AliasWilliam CROSSMAN, K.C.M.G.
Birth date and place30 Jun 1830 Isleworth, Middlesex, England.
Baptism date and place8 Aug 1830, Kingston Upon Thames, Surrey, England.
Civil Census ResidencesSilver Street, Berwick on Tweed, Northumberland (1841).
131 Jermyn Street, St James, Westminster, Middlesex (1851).
9 Notting Hill Square, Kensington, London (1861).
30 Harcourt Terrace, Kensington, London (1871).
30 Harcourt Terrace, Kensington, London (1881).
Pier Hotel, Southsea Terrace, Portsea Island, Hampshire (1891).
ProfessionOfficer in the British Army, Corps of Royal Engineers.
Member of Parliament for Portsmouth (Liberal and Liberal Unionist).
Sheriff of Northumberland.
Justice of the Peace and Alderman.
Decorations & MembershipsC.M.G. (Companion of the Order of St Michael and St George).
K.C.M.G. (Knight Commander of the Order of St Michael and St George).
A.M.I.C.E. (Associate Member of the Institution of Civil Engineers).
F.R.G.S. (Fellow of the Royal Geographical Society).
Marriage date and place1st:  3 Mar 1855 Albany, Western Australia.
2nd: 29 Jun 1899 St Peter’s Parish Church, Pimlico, Middlesex.
Spouse1st: Catharine Josephine MORLEY (d. 1898).
2nd: Anne Matilda RICHARDS.
ChildrenMary Catharine b. 1856, Chigwell, Essex.
Josephine Sarah Beatrice b. 1859, Croydon, Surrey.
Alice Margaret b. 1860, Kensington, London.
Lilian b. 1861, Notting Hill Square, Kensington, London.
Robert b. 1862, Camden Hill, Middlesex.
Laurance Morley b. 1865, Surbiton, Surrey.
Death date and place19 Apr 1901 Belgravia Hotel, Victoria Street, London.
Burial date and placeApril 1901 St Mary the Virgin, Holy Island, Northumberland.
Will and Probate5 Jun 1901 Probate, London Registry. Effects £54,972 14s. 5d.
Death Notices
Biography
Portsmouth Evening News 20 Apr 1901.
London Times 22 Apr 1901
Biography of Sir William Crossman
ARMY SERVICE DETAILS
Corps and CompanyRoyal Engineers.
Service No. and Rank2nd Lieutenant, Cadet Company.
Attestation date and place19 Dec 1848 Woolwich, Kent.
Service at Home & AbroadSee WO25-3913 in sidebar.
Promotions2nd Lieutenant 19 Dec 1848.
1st Lieutenant 17 Feb 1854.
2nd Captain 12 Aug 1858.
1st Captain 5 Feb 1864.
Major 5 Jul 1872.
Lieutenant Colonel 11 Dec 1873.
Colonel Brevet 11 Dec 1878.
Colonel 6 May 1885.
Colonel (half pay) 1 Oct 1885.
Major General (Hon) 6 Jan 1886.
Courts Martial (and type)None.
Discharge date and place6 Jan 1886.
Length of Service38 years 18 days.
Retirement Pay: £600 per annum.
Statement of Services ReferenceWO25-3913-222.
Post Discharge ResidencePortsmouth, Hampshire.
ARRIVAL IN WESTERN AUSTRALIA
ShipMarion.
Departure and Arrival datesDep. Portland 2 Nov 1851. Arr. Fremantle 30 Jan 1852.
Occupations post-arrival in WASupervisor of convicts on public works.
Resident Magistrate at Albany 1854-1856 ?
For detail see Letter Books 1852-1855 [Acc 1543A Battye Library]
Subscriptions to FundsNone.
Land AcquisitionNone in Western Australia.
Ship ex-WAEsmeralda.  See Crimean War Connection.
Departure date and destinationDep. Fremantle 25 Feb 1856, via Cape of Good Hope and St Helena to London.