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Ronald CRANK

Regimental number2153
Place of birthManchester England
ReligionChurch of England
OccupationFarmer
Address'Strathern', 59 Oxford Street, Petersham, New South Wales
Marital statusSingle
Age at embarkation22
Next of kinFather, Mr Arthur William Crank, 'Strathern', 59 Oxford Street, Petersham, New South Wales
Enlistment date28 February 1916
Date of enlistment from Nominal Roll15 February 1916
Rank on enlistmentPrivate
Unit name53rd Battalion, 4th Reinforcement
AWM Embarkation Roll number23/70/3
Embarkation detailsUnit embarked from Sydney, New South Wales, on board HMAT A44 Vestalia on 11 July 1916
Rank from Nominal RollSergeant
Unit from Nominal Roll53rd Battalion
Recommendations (Medals and Awards)

Victoria Cross (Altered to Distinguished Conduct Medal)


Recommendation date: 7 September 1918

FateReturned to Australia 25 September 1919
Medals

Distinguished Conduct Medal

'For conspicuous gallantry and resource at Peronne on 1 September, 1918. When an enemy field gun was captured this man helped another to work it, and brought fire to bear on the enemy, who were assembling in a quarry, and inflicted severe casualties, compelling them to disperse. Later, he assisted in laying and maintaining a telephone line across ground under heavy fire.'
Source: 'Commonwealth Gazette' No. 35
Date: 15 April 1920

Date of death22 May 1955
Place of burialRookwood Crematorium

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