Dr. William Crosby had medical practices on Chapel Street and Regent Road and was for a long time a volunteer church organist.
He was born on 10th January 1826 and studied medicine in London. He was a Member of the Royal College of Surgeons and a Licentiate of the Society of Apocatharies. He died on 21st January 1904.
The Salford City Reporter of 23 rd January 1904 records, "We regret to announce the death of Dr. William Crosby of number 2, Aldred Street, The Crescent, Salford at the age of 78. For some time past the deceased had shown evidence of failing health and has not been so active in pursuit of his profession as distinguished him in former years. He practiced in Chapel Street and Regent Road in partnership with Dr. Johnson. They enjoyed a large practice. Dr Maguire, who has attained distinction in London as a Physician is the adopted son of the deceased.
Dr. Crosby, was for a lengthened period, the voluntary organist of the Irwell Street Wesleyan Chapel, Salford and on resigning the position he was the recipient of a suitable testimonial. His aplicitude for the welfare of the mission remained unabated. Dr. Crosby's personality was particularly amiable and attractive and his generosity endeared him to large numbers of people. He will be greatly missed by all classes".
The funeral service took place at Christ Church on Monday 25th January. The principal mourners were Mrs Crosby, Mr Edward Crosby, Mr W E Crosby, Miss Crosby, Mrs Edward Crosby, Mr Henry Platt-Hall and Mr J. Platt-Hall. The service was conducted by the Rev. C.J. Howson and the lesson was read by the Rev. George H. McNeal, Minister of Irwell Street Wesleyan Chapel. The cortege was met by Salford's Mayor (Alderman W. Stephens), an ex Mayor, (Alderman S Rudman), Alderman W. Robinson, Sir Richard Mottram and the Rev. James Clark of the Bible Christian Church. There was a large congregation at the church and many followed to Weaste Cemetery. The service at the graveside, in plot A5, was read by Rev. G.H. McNeal and Rev. G. Northridge, Curate of Christ Church.
On Sunday 1st February there was a Memorial Service held at Irwell Street Methodist Mission for the late Dr. Crosby. Among the large congregation were Dr. Crosby's partners, Drs Johnson and Williams.