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William Joseph CROCKER

Regimental number4468
Place of birthCamberwell Victoria
ReligionChurch of England
OccupationElectrician
AddressQueen Street, Bendigo, Victoria
Marital statusSingle
Age at embarkation18
Next of kinFather, E J Crocker, 179 Queen Street, Bendigo, Victoria
Enlistment date9 August 1915
Rank on enlistmentPrivate
Unit name6th Battalion, 14th Reinforcement
AWM Embarkation Roll number23/23/4
Embarkation detailsUnit embarked from Melbourne, Victoria, on board HMAT A32 Themistocles on 28 January 1916
Rank from Nominal RollCorporal
Unit from Nominal Roll1st Machine Gun Battalion
Recommendations (Medals and Awards)

Military Medal


Work at Lihons in August 1918.
Recommendation date: 17 August 1918

FateReturned to Australia 9 February 1919
Medals

Military Medal

'During the advance on LIHONS Lance Corporal CROCKER personally reconnoitred and selected positions for 3 Machine Guns on the right of CREPEY Wood where the left flank of the 6th Australian Infantry Battalion was encountering fierce opposition. In the heavy bombardment which followed his gun position was blow out twice, but he kept his gun in action and materially assisted in breating off the counter attack which followed. by his initiative, skill and courage he set a splendid example.'
Source: 'Commonwealth Gazette' No. 115
Date: 10 October 1919

Other details

War service: Western Front

Medals: Military Medal, British War Medal, Victory Medal

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