He was born on 23 December 1889 at Hobart, Tasmania.

LtCol. Alan Crisp taken in 1939 Photo taken in 1939. Crisp has signed the photo 7 August 1939. (Photo from Elizabeth Palmer.) Secretary Helene Riedl in March 2015 stated that he "was known as "Nobby" to the boys, and as an officer, he was very well liked".