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Charles William Bute CROAKER

Regimental number2167
Place of birthBathurst New South Wales
ReligionChurch of England
OccupationStock dealer and farmer
AddressGorman Hill, Bathurst, New South Wales
Marital statusSingle
Age at embarkation36
Next of kinFather, Stewart H Croaker, Gorman Hill, Bathurst, New South Wales
Enlistment date7 October 1915
Rank on enlistmentPrivate
Unit name1st Light Horse Regiment, 15th Reinforcement
AWM Embarkation Roll number10/6/4
Embarkation detailsUnit embarked from Sydney, New South Wales, on board HMAT A26 Armadale on 21 March 1916
Rank from Nominal RollGunner
Unit from Nominal Roll1st Field Artillery Brigade
Recommendations (Medals and Awards)

Military Medal

'Fine example of courage and devotion under fire. (Noreuil 16 April 1917).'
Recommendation date: 21 April 1917

FateReturned to Australia 20 April 1919

Military Medal

'On 16th April 1917 during a heavy bombardment of 101st Howitzer Battery postion near NOREUIL an enemy 5.9" shell exploded in an ammunition dump scattering over 500 shells and setting fire to charges in adjoining gunpits. Gunner CROAKER was prominent in taking steps to extinguish the fires before they spread to other ammunition dumps close by. He set a fine example of courage and devotion to duty throughout the heavy shelling.'
Source: 'Commonwealth Gazette' No. 174
Date: 11 October 1917

Other details

War service: Western Front

Medals: Military Medal, British War Medal, Victory Medal

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