1891 - 5th November 1916 (age 25)
7th Bn. Yorkshire Regiment
Originating from Norfolk, James Crisp was a school attendance officer, married to Mary who was born in Ilkeston. In 1901, they were living at Middlesbrough Road, Ormesby with their six children, the two older boys being locomotive firemen. By 1911, they had moved to 6 Westbourne Terrace, Sowerby with their four youngest children including Errol who became a bricklayer's apprentice and worked for Mr. Jackson, a builder of Thirsk. Errol enlisted into the Yorkshire Regiment in Thirsk but it is not known when he went overseas.
Errol Crisp - copied from Thirsk Royal British Legion display case
On 5th November 1916, his battalion were ordered to attack an enemy point named Zenith believed to be in the area of Trones Wood and Guedecourt in the Somme. Both officers were knocked out and only a few men reached their objective straight into the hands of the enemy. One company was sent orders not to attack unless the trench on the right was in the hands of the 7th E.Yorks. However, the message arrived too late and they attacked suffering heavy fire from the right. It would appear that the entire attack had been fruitless but it sadly resulted in the death of Errol Crisp who became the eleventh and final Sowerby man to have died in the Battle of the Somme, which ended a week later. Errol has no known grave and is remembered on the Thiepval Memorial panels 3A & 3D.
Errol's younger brother Griffin, had enlisted into the York & Lancaster Regiment on 15th May 1915 and he served in France and Salonica. Griffin was demobilised in May 1919 marrying Elizabeth Wright later that year. Their son born in April 1920 was named Errol Wright Crisp presumably in memory of his uncle lost in the Great War nearly four years earlier.
The information on this page was compiled by Steve Billings.
Information about Errol Crisp on the Commonwealth War Graves Commission website
Information about Errol Crisp on the War Graves Photographic Project website
Information about Errol Crisp on the Yorkshire Regiment - First World War Remembrance website