The Men

The Men

Sunday, 19 January 2014

* Brothers Gerard and Herbert Crozier

Captain Herbert Charles Crozier

Bertie (Herbert) Crozier was a career soldier.  According to his niece, his father was the cavalry vet for the British Army at what is now Collin's Barracks and his two sons, Bertie and Gerard both joined the army before WWI.   Bertie was in the 1st Battalion of The Royal Dublin Fusiliers, which means that he was on-board the SS Clyde when they landed at Gallipoli on 25th April, 1915.  The following day he won a Military Cross the action at Sedd el Bahr.

He had already received a medal for bravery when he tried to save a downing soldier in Khartoum.


* Lieutenant Gerard Crozier

Bertie was injured during the war but survived it. His brother Gerard did not.  He was badly wounded and went to Cyprus to recuperate.  He never recovered, but died there after the war had ended.  His name was not included on the High School War Memorial, as he died after it was erected, but steps are under-way to have this error rectified.

Michelle Burrowes, HSD War Stories Co-Ordinator.

Gerard Irvine Crozier
6th Bn., Leinster Regiment who died on 28 June 1920 Age 34
Son of James and Sarah L. Crozier, of 26, Montpelier Hill, Dublin.
Remembered with Honour
Famagusta Military Cemetery

From The boards:
"On that same page (no date was shown) is a mention of a Mr. Crozier giving a lecture and telling of his experiences on Gallipoli (Dardanelles).   I believe that that Mr. Crozier may be our Herbert C. Crozier.  In 1922 Captain Crozier was Major H.C. Crozier of the Kings Regiment (Liverpool) at the disbandment.    I have not had time to look up if Capt H.C. Crozier left any personal papers.  If papers do exist they may give us a better aspect of the 1Bn and its "W" Coy men."

"having done a quick google on Major Crozier, I found a little information, but it is not really of much help to your research:
London Gazette 2 July 1915: awarded the Military Cross for the action at Sedd el Bahr on 26 April 1915.
London Gazette 15 January 1916 he was a Temporary Major RDF
Post war he appears to have gone to the Royal Military College, Sandhurst, presumably as an instructor. In May 1919 Major HC Crazier RDF was in G Coy, in the Officers Intercompany 330 yard relay race, in May 1920 he scored 12 runs playing in the Gentlemen Cadets v Officers match.

He died on 29 January 1961 at Portobello House, Dublin. His Dublin address was 26 Montpelier Hill, Dublin. He is buried in the family grave in Mount Jerome Cemetery, on the headstone he is described as Major Royal Dublin Fusiliers. 
His probate record indicates that he left £29,809 15s 2d to John Richard Molony carpet salesman.
Several "Public" family trees on the Ancestry web site indicate that he was known as "Bertie".
The National Archives only seem to have his Medal Index Card."

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