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Harry CROKER

Regimental number2010
Place of birthTaree, New South Wales
SchoolFailford Public School, New South Wales
ReligionChurch of England
OccupationLabourer
AddressFailford, New South Wales
Marital statusSingle
Age at embarkation23
Height5' 9.75"
Weight156 lbs
Next of kinFather, Robert Croker, Failford, New South Wales
Previous military serviceNil
Enlistment date8 September 1915
Place of enlistmentNewcastle, New South Wales
Rank on enlistmentPrivate
Unit name30th Battalion, 3rd Reinforcement
AWM Embarkation Roll number23/47/2
Embarkation detailsUnit embarked from Sydney, New South Wales, on board HMAT A70 Ballarat on 16 February 1916
Rank from Nominal RollPrivate
Unit from Nominal Roll30th Battalion
FateKilled in Action 20 July 1916
Place of death or woundingAmiens, France
Age at death24
Place of burialFromelles (Pheasant Wood) Military Cemetery (Plot III, Row B, Grave No 7), France
Panel number, Roll of Honour,
  Australian War Memorial
116
Miscellaneous information from
  cemetery records
Parents: Robert and Sarah CROKER, Failford, New South Wales
Family/military connectionsBrothers: 2005 Pte Robert CROKER, 30th Bn, returned to Australia, 13 February 1917; 394 Pte Wyllie CROKER, 20th Bn, killed in action, 28 September 1917.
Other details

War service: Egypt, Western Front

Embarked Sydney, 16 February 1916; disembarked Suez, 23 March 1916.

Taken on strength, 30th Bn, Ferry Post, 1 April 1916.

Embarked Alexandria to join the British Expeditionary Force, 16 June 1916; disembarked Marseilles, France, 23 June 1916.

Reported missing, 20 July 1916.

Note on Form B103: 'Unofficially reported Prisoner of War by German List of 4-11-16 recd. by Wounded & Missing Enquiry Bureau [Australian Branch, British Red Cross Society].'

Note on file, 13 March 1917: 'Identification Disc received from Germany. No particulars were afforded except that Soldier was deceased.'

Now reported 'Killed in Action, 20 July 1916' (Death Report from Germany).

German note on file: 'Croker H. austr. Sold. 30. Batl. Nr. 2010 in Gegend Fromelles am 19.7.16. gefallen.'

Red Cross File No 840402 has statement from 759 Pte F. SCHOLES, Machine Gun Section, 30th Bn (patient, 6th General Hospital, Rouen), 7 December 1916: Informant 'was told by Pte C.R. Daws of C. Co. 9 pl. that he had seen Croker killed at Fromelles on the 19th or 20th July. It was in No Man's Land and we did not hold the ground.'

Medals: British War Medal, Victory Medal

Originally listed as 'No Known Grave' and commemorated at V.C. Corner (Panel No 2), Australian Cemetery, Fromelles; subsequently (2010) identified, and interred in the Fromelles (Pheasant Wood) Military Cemetery, France.
SourcesNAA: B2455, CROKER Harry
Red Cross file 840402

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