Edward William Thomas CROFT

Regimental number7210
Place of birthClermont Queensland
SchoolProvisional School, Blairathol
ReligionChurch of England
AddressClermont, Queensland
Marital statusSingle
Age at embarkation23
Next of kinMother, Mrs G Croft, McDonald Flats, Clermont, Queensland
Enlistment date8 November 1916
Rank on enlistmentPrivate
Unit name15th Battalion, 24th Reinforcement
AWM Embarkation Roll number23/32/3
Embarkation detailsUnit embarked from Sydney, New South Wales, on board HMAT A33 Ayrshire on 24 January 1917
Rank from Nominal RollPrivate
Unit from Nominal Roll15th Battalion
Recommendations (Medals and Awards)

Military Medal

Recommendation date: 1 October 1917

FateKilled in Action 8 August 1918
Age at death23.11
Age at death from cemetery records24
Place of burialCerisy-Gailly Military Cemetery (Plot I, Row B, Grave No. 3), France
Panel number, Roll of Honour,
  Australian War Memorial
Miscellaneous information from
  cemetery records
Parents: Frederick and Gertrude CROFT, MackDonald's Flat, Clermont, Queensland

Military Medal

'For conspicuous gallantry and devotion to duty during operations near ZONNEBEKE on 26th September, 1917. He acted as stretcher bearer and did marvellous work rescuing and carrying in wounded under an intense barrage and enemy machine gun fire which cost us fifty percent of our stretcher bearers. The courage and devotion of these gallant men was the theme of admiration of all members of the Battalion and to see their wonderful work recognised would give great satisfaction to the Battalion.'
Source: 'Commonwealth Gazette' No. 31
Date: 7 March 1918

Family/military connectionsBrother: 7218 Pte Herbert Henry CROFT, 15th Bn, returned to Australia, 5 April 1918.
Other details

War service: Western Front

Medals: Military Medal, British War Medal, Victory Medal