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Samuel McCRACKEN

Regimental number1410
Place of birthDromore, Co Down, Ireland
ReligionPresbyterian
OccupationDraper
Marital statusSingle
Age at embarkation21
Height5' 6"
Weight129 lbs
Next of kinFather, J M McCracken, Holme Terrace, Dronmore, Co Down, Ireland
Previous military serviceNil
Enlistment date27 October 1914
Place of enlistmentLiverpool, New South Wales
Rank on enlistmentPrivate
Unit name4th Battalion, 2nd Reinforcement
AWM Embarkation Roll number23/21/2
Embarkation detailsUnit embarked from Sydney, New South Wales, on board HMAT A48 Seang Bee on 11 February 1915
Rank from Nominal RollCorporal
Unit from Nominal Roll1st Divisional Signal Company
FateReturned to Australia 2 January 1919
Discharge date23 April 1919
Family/military connectionsBrother: 4546 Pte John McCRACKEN, 2nd Bn, killed in action, 25 July 1916.
Other details

War service: Egypt, Gallipoli, Western Front

Embarked on HMS 'Scotian', 11 February 1915.

Embarked Alexandria to join Mediterranean Expeditionary Force, 5 April 1915; joined 4th Bn, Gallipoli, 3 May 1915.

Admitted to 3rd Field Ambulance, 20 June 1915 (tonsilitis); transferred to Clearing Hospital, Gallipoli, 23 June 1915. Disembarked Alexandria from Gallipoli, 27 June 1915, and admitted to 1st Australian General Hospital, Heliopolis; transferred to Convalescent Camp, Helouan, 1 July 1915; marched out to Base Detail, Zeitoun, 9 July 1915.

Proceeded to Gallipoli to rejoin unit, 16 August 1915. Disembarked Alexandria from HT 'Simla', 29 December 1915 (general Gallipoli evacuation). Detached from unit 'On Command' to attend School of Instruction, Tel-el-Kebir, 6 February 1916. Transferred to 1st Divisional Signal Company, 15 March 1916, and taken on strength, Serapeum.

Embarked Alexandria on HT 'Grampian' to join British Expeditionary Force, 21 March 1916; disembarked Marseilles, 28 March 1916.

Detatched for duty with 1st Anzac Corps Signals, France, 2 August 1917; returned to unit, 19 August 1917; proceeded to United Kingdom on leave, 24 January 1918; rejoined unit, 10 February 1918; promoted to rank of Lance Corporal, 20 March 1918; temporarily promoted to rank of 2nd Corporal, 1 June 1918; demoted to rank of Lance Corporal, 14 June 1918; temporarily promoted to rank of 2nd Corporal, 14 August 1918; temporarily promoted to rank of Corporal, 9 October 1918; proceeded to United Kingdom on leave, 4 November 1918; rejoined unit, 20 November 1918; moved into Australian General Base Depot, 5 December 1918; embarked France for Southampton, 6 December 1918; marched into RBAA, Heytesbury, 7 December 1918.

Commenced return to Australia on 'Berrima', 2 January 1919; disembarked Melbourne, 17 March 1919, for onward travel to Sydney. Discharged, 23 April 1919.

Medals: 1914-15 Star, British War Medal, Victory Medal
SourcesNAA: B2455, McCRACKEN Samuel

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