In 1916 Crossley enrolled at Eton College, completing his education at Magdalen College, Oxford. His flair for writing both poetry and prose led to his becoming a partner in the publishing house of Christopher's from 1928 to 1935.
In 1927 he married Clare Thomson, daughter of Brigadier A F Thomson, and had two daughters and one son.
Anthony Crossley died, aged 36, when the aircraft in which was travelling crashed into the sea off the Danish coast on 15 August 1939.
Crossley published three books of poetry: Aucassin and Nicolette and Other Poems, Prophets, Gods and Witches and Tragedy under Lucifer. His prose works showed his other interests: The History of Eton College Hunt, Chin Wag: The War Records of the Eton Manor Club and The Floating Line for Salmon and Sea Trout.
In 1931 Crossley was elected one of two Conservative Members of Parliament (MPs) for the two-seat Oldham borough constituency. At the next election in 1935 he was elected as MP for Stretford in south east Lancashire. He remained MP for the area until his death in 1939.
- Obituary: Mr A.C. Crossley, M.P., The Times, 16 August 1939, p. 12
- British Airways Liner Lost: M.P. Drowned With Four Others, Crash Off Danish Coast, The Times, 16 August 1939, p. 10
- The General Election: First Returns, Polling In The Boroughs, The Times, 28 October 1931; p. 6
- The General Election, The Times, 15 November 1935 p.10
|Parliament of the United Kingdom|
|Member of Parliament for Oldham
1931 – 1935
With: Hamilton William Kerr
Hamilton William Kerr
John Samuel Dodd
|Member of Parliament for Stretford
1935 – 1939