1899 - 1983

Leslie Crossley, was born at Leeds, Yorkshire on 12 August 1899, son of Charles Pratt Crossley, commission agent, who was born at Ipswich, and his wife Sarah née Milnes, who married at Bradford in 1891, Leslie's uncle was Frank William Crossley [q.v.]. In 1911, a 12 year old, living at Braintree Road, Chipping Hill, Witham, Essex with his parents, 41 year old Charles and 39 year old Sarah, with four siblings, Theo Stanley 19 and Gladys May 18, both born at Ipswich; Ena Phyllis 4, born Braintree and Donald Charles 2, born Witham. Leslie served in 3rd Battalion of the Buffs (East Kent Regiment) from Colchester in the First World War. He married at Colchester in 1924, Kate Elizabeth Taylor (20 June 1901-2003) and in 1939, chairman & director of an oil lubrication company, living at 'Lenfield', D'Arcy Road, Old Heath, Colchester with his wife. He studied at the East Anglian School of Painting then at Dedham, Essex under Cedric Morris [q.v.] and Lett-Haines [q.v.] where he exhibited at the school in 1937. A Fellow of the Royal Society of Arts and a member of Ipswich Art Club from 1944 until his death and exhibited from 'Lensfield', Colchester in 1943, two works 'Portrait of the Artist' and 'Evening Light', in 1944 four works 'Sunday at Flatford', 'Virginia', 'Blue Landscape' and 'Cotswold Farm Holiday', in 1945 an oil painting 'Decoration' and in 1948 an oil 'Crockleford' and a watercolour 'River Stour'. He died at Colchester in 1983.