Nigel John Crossley, RN
|Born||29 May 1904||Bucklow, Chesire, England|
|Died||27 Nov 1939||(35)||Died of wounds 8 days after HMS Gipsy was lost.|
Warship Commands listed for Nigel John Crossley, RN
|HMS Gipsy (H 63)||Lt.Cdr.||Destroyer||3 Jan 1939||21 Nov 1939|
Lt.Commander Nigel Crossley, RN died of wounds received when in command of HMS Gipsy. He married twice. Firstly to Iris Barter 01/02/1931; she died 29/09/1931. Secondly he married Marjorie Winterbottom 17/03/1932 at St George's, Hanover Square, London. They had one son.
Nigel John Crossley was from a distinguished Officers in battle and in the defence of Britain. Both his younger brothers also served, John Richard Irwin reaching Lt.Cdr. rank and Anthony Michael Nicholson was a Wing Commander. Both were awarded the DSO.
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Destroyer HMS Gipsy (H 63)
21 Nov 1939
Around 2100 hours the British destroyers HMS Griffin (Lt.Cdr. J. Lee-Barber, RN with Capt. G.E. Creasy, MVO, RN aboard), HMS Gipsy (Lt.Cdr. N.J. Crossley, RN), HMS Keith (Cdr. H.T.W. Pawsey, OBE, RN), HMS Boadicea (Lt.Cdr. G.B. Kingdon, RN) and the Polish destroyer Grom (Lt.Cdr. A. Hulewicz, ORP) were ordered to leave Harwich and establish a patrol in the North Sea. Shortly before that, a German He 59 seaplane dropped two magnetic mines nearby, but there was no time for searching. HMS Gipsy hit one of those mines which tore her into two pieces. Most of the survivors were picked up by HMS Griffin and HMS Keith.