CROSBY, Josiah

CROSBY, Josiah. Falmouth, Cornwall ?.5.1880 — 4.12.1958. Sir. British Diplomat interested in South-East Asian History. Son of Captain J. P. Cr. and his wife Christina, educated in Newcastle. Studies at Gonville and Caius College, Cambridge (B.A. 1902, M.A. 1928). Came to Thailand as young cadet in 1904, spent many years there. Vice-Consul in Thailand, 1917-19 Consul in Saigon, 1919-20 Consul-General in Bangkok and 1920 in Saigon, then in Batavia. In 1931-34 Minister in Panama and 1934-41 in Bangkok. Taken prisoner by the Japanese, eventually sent home, where he retired. C.I.E. 1919, K.B.E. 1928, K.C.M.G. 1942. Unmarried.

Publications: “Buddhism in Ceylon”, JRAS 1947, 41-52, 166-183.

Books and articles on Thailand.

Sources: The Straits Times 5.4.1934, p. 11 (Singapore National Library in internet); J. Corfield, Historical Dictionary of Ho Chi Minh City. L. 2014, 77 with a photo; portrait by W. Stoneman in National Portrait Gallery Internet page; Wikipedia.

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