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Clarence Roy CRAWFORD

Regimental number3262
Place of birthArmidale, New South Wales
ReligionChurch of England
OccupationPlatelayer
Address60 Waters Street, Croydon, New South Wales
Marital statusSingle
Age at embarkation23
Height5' 5.5"
Weight126 lbs
Next of kinFriend, Mrs A J Lee, 60 Waters Street, Croydon, New South Wales
Previous military serviceNil
Enlistment date25 July 1915
Place of enlistmentLiverpool, New South Wales
Rank on enlistmentPrivate
Unit name3rd Battalion, 11th Reinforcement
AWM Embarkation Roll number23/20/2
Embarkation detailsUnit embarked from Sydney, New South Wales, on board HMAT A14 Euripides on 2 November 1915
Rank from Nominal RollPrivate
Unit from Nominal Roll55th Battalion
FateKilled in Action 20 July 1916
Place of death or woundingBattle of Fromelles, France
Age at death24
Place of burialAnzac Cemetery (Plot II, Row F, Grave No. I), Sailly-Sur-La-Lys, France
Panel number, Roll of Honour,
  Australian War Memorial
160
Other details

War service: Egypt, Western Front

Admitted No 4 Auxiliary Hospital, Abbassia, 9 January 1916 (mumps); discharged to duty, 31 January 1916.

Allotted to and proceeded to 55th Bn from 1st Training Bn, Zeitoun, 16 February 1916; taken on strength of 55th Bn, Tel el Kebir, 16 February 1916.

Transferred to, and taken on strength of 5th Pioneer Bn, Tel el Kebir, 3 March 1916.

Transferred to, and taken on strength of 55th Bn, Ferry Post, 18 April 1916.

Embarked Alexandria to join the British Expeditionary Force, Alexandria, 19 June 1916; disembarked Marseilles, France, 29 June 1916.

Posted missing, 20 July 1916.

Previous report of missing, now, 28 July 1916, to be reported as 'Killed in Action, 20 July 1916'.

Buried Sailly-sur-La-Lys Cemetery by Reverend W. Meredith Holliday, no date stated.

, 3251 Driver M.J. BARNES, 3rd Brigade, 7th Battery, Field Artillery, 13 June 1917: 'I knew Crawford well ... On the 20th July, 1916, the 55th Battalion advanced to attack the enemy who were in Fromelles. I was with the Artillery and did not see Crawford, but after the action, Pte [?] Williams of the 55th Batt., A. Co., told me he had seen Crawford killed during the advance.

Medals: 1914-15 Star, British War Medal, Victory Medal
Miscellaneous detailsGiven names incorrectly entered on Embarkation Roll as Clarence Ray.
SourcesNAA: B2455, CRAWFORD Clarence Roy
Red Cross File No 830413

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