William Thomas Bowler Crossland is my first cousin, thrice removed and son of William Bowler Crossland and Elizabeth Burton.
In 1879, in Rotherham, William married Annie Twibell and, together, they issued five children, four of which had died by 1905. Annie passed away in 1905 and on Christmas Day, 1907, in All Saints’ Church, Rotherham, William married Sarah Ann Seddon.
THE ADVERTISER, SATURDAY, JANUARY 17, 1914.
FUNERAL OF NATIONAL RESERVIST AT ROTHERHAM.
The funeral of the late Mr. W. T. B. Crossland took place on Sunday, at the Moorgate Cemetery, Rotherham, in the presence of a large number of friends and relatives. The mourners included Mrs. Crossland (widow), Miss Ada Crossland (daughter), Mr. Fred Seddon (stepson), Mr. and Mrs. George Crossland (Sheffield), Mr. and Mrs. F. Jarvis (brothers and sisters in law), Messrs. F. and G. Jarvis (nephews), Mrs. Barron, Mrs. Edwards and Miss E. Jarvis (nieces), Mrs. Whittaker and Mrs. Jolliffe (cousins), Mrs. Douglas and Mrs. Dale (sisters-in-law), Mr. Albert Dale (nephew), Mr. and Mrs. John Simpson, Mr. and Mrs. J. Cundey (Doncaster), Mr. and Mrs. H. Everett, Mr. E. Everett, Mr. F. Wigglesworth, Mrs. Fellows, and Mrs. Wildsmith. The bearers (Messrs. T. Froggatt, R. Wilson, T. Smith, W. Hague, P. Bisby, and W. Dixon), were employees at Messrs. W. Heaton and Co., Brass Works, Masbro’, by whom the deceased had been employed for many years. The staff of the Rotherham Theatre Royal also attended to pay a last tribute of respect to a colleague. Mr. Crossland having completed forty years’ service on the stage staff of the Theatre.
There was a large muster of National Reserves, under the command of Colours-sergeant Frith; a firing party and buglers performed the last military rites of firing three volleys and playing the “Last Post.”
There was a large number of beautiful floral emblems placed on the coffin, which was covered with the Union Jack. Amongst those sending wreaths were the widow and children, Mr. and Mrs. F. Jarvis, Mr. F. Jarvis, Mr. G. Jarvis, Mr. and Mrs. G. Crossland, Mrs. Edwards, Mrs. Montgomery, the staff of the Theatre Royal, Mrs. Joliffe, and Mr. Whittaker. Mr. W. Atkinson, a personal friend, officiated in the chapel and at the graveside.