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Harold Alexander McCREA

Regimental number916
Place of birthBellaghy, Co Derry, Ireland
ReligionPresbyterian
OccupationOrchardist
AddressBellaghy, Co Derry, Ireland
Marital statusSingle
Age at embarkation24
Height5' 7.5"
Weight138 lbs
Next of kinFather, Rev T McCrea, Bellaghy, Co Derry, Ireland
Enlistment date22 March 1915
Place of enlistmentNagambie, Victoria
Rank on enlistmentPrivate
Unit name24th Battalion, D Company
AWM Embarkation Roll number23/41/1
Embarkation detailsUnit embarked from Melbourne, Victoria, on board HMAT A14 Euripides on 10 May 1915
Rank from Nominal RollPrivate
Unit from Nominal Roll57th Battalion
FateReturned to Australia 30 June 1918
Discharge date8 October 1918
Other details

War service: Egypt, Gallipoli, Western Front

Evacuated to Mudros, 8 May 1915; disembarked Alexandria, 15 January 1916.

Sick to hospital, Canal Zone, 2 March 1916; admitted to 7th Field Ambulance, Ismalia, 4 March 1916 (septic sores); transferred to 5th Field Ambulance, 5 March 1916. Transferred to 57th Bn, 4 April 1916, and taken on strength, Ferry Post.

Embarked Alexandria on HT 'Kalyan' and proceeded to join British Expeditionary Force, 17 June 1916; disembarked Marseilles, 24 June 1916.

Admitted to 14th Field Ambulance, 20 July 1916, and transferred to 15th Field Ambulance (arterial bleeding); to 2nd Australian Casualty Clearing Station, 20 July 1916 (gun shot wound, face and right leg); to 30th General Hospital, Calais, 21 July 1916; classified dangerously ill, 22 July 1916; placed on serious list, 31 July 1916. Proceeded to England on HS 'Dieppe', 4 August 1916, and admitted to Reading War Hospital; transferred to 1st Auxiliary Hospital, Harefield, for amputation, 31 August 1916 (gangrene leg); granted furlough, 13 June 1917; reported to 1st Auxiliary Hopital, 27 June 1917; to 2nd Australian Auxiliary Hospital, Southall, 5 July 1917; granted furlough from 1 November, to 15 November 1917; granted furlough from 9 April, to 23 April 1918; granted furlough from 21 May, to 4 June 1918.

Commenced return to Australia on HT 'Kanowna', 22 July 1918; disembarked Melbourne, 1 September 1918; discharged as being permanently unfit for military service, 8 October 1918 (amputated leg and thigh).

Medals: 1914-15 Star, British War Medal, Victory Medal
Date of death25 August 1923
Place of burialWilliamstown Cemetery
SourcesNAA: B2455, McCREA Harold Alexander

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