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Date of birth5 March 1882
Place of birthQueenscliffe, Victoria
ReligionChurch of England
AddressNorth Adelaide, South Australia
Marital statusMarried
Age at embarkation33
Next of kinWife, Mrs B Champion de Crespigny, 123 Strangways Crescent, North Adelaide, South Australia
Previous military serviceAustralian Army Medical Corps
Enlistment date20 May 1915
Date of enlistment from Nominal Roll25 June 1918
Rank on enlistmentLieutenant-Colonel
Unit name3rd Australian General Hospital
AWM Embarkation Roll number26/67/3
Embarkation detailsUnit embarked from Sydney, New South Wales, on board RMS Mooltan on 15 May 1915
Rank from Nominal RollColonel
Recommendations (Medals and Awards)

Mention in Despatches

Awarded, and promulgated, 'London Gazette', second Supplement, No. 30107 (1 June 1917); 'Commonwealth Gazette' No. 169 (4 October 1917).

FateReturned to Australia 16 March 1919

Distinguished Service Order

Source: 'Commonwealth Gazette' No. 169
Date: 4 October 1917

Discharge date21 May 1919
Other details

War service: Egypt, Gallipoli, Western Front

Embarked Adelaide, 20 May 1915; disembarked Egypt (date not recorded).

Embarked Alexandria to join the Mediterranean Expeditionary Force, Gallipoli, [?] August 1915.

Appointed second-in-command, 3rd Australian General Hospital, Mudros, 28 September 1915.

Disembarked Alexandria from Mudros, 27 January 1916 (general Gallipoli evacuation).

Appointed to command 1st Australian General Hospital, Heliopolis, 20 February 1916; transferred to 1st Australian General Hospital, 6 March 1916.

Embarked Alexandria to join the British Expeditionary Force (date not recorded); disembarked Marseilles, France, 6 April 1916.

Absent from unit, Rouen, on duty, 4 June 1916; resumed command, 15 June 1916.

Mentioned in Despatches 'for distinguished and gallant services rendered during the period of General Sir Charles Monro's Command of the M.E.F.'

Granted 3 weeks' sick leave to England, 6 November 1916; rejoined unit, 8 December 1916.

Admitted to British Red Cross Convalescent Hospital, Rouen, 30 December 1916 (gall bladder); transferred to England, 3 January 1917, and admitted to Miss Pollock's Hospital for Officers, Weymouth St, London, 4 January 1917; discharged to duty, 26 February 1917.

Proceeded overseas to France, 3 March 1917; resumed Command (promoted Temporary Colonel, 5 March 1917), 1st Australian General Hospital, from sick leave, 6 March 1917.

Awarded Distinguished Service Order, 3 June 1917.

Admitted to 2nd Red Cross Hospital, Rouen, 2 August 1917 (pyrexia, unknown origin); discharged to duty and rejoined 1st Australian General Hospital, 12 August 1917.

On leave to Paris, 20 September 1917; rejoined unit from leave, 23 September 1917.

Transferred to AIF Headquarters, London, 13 October 1917.

Commenced return to Australia on board HT 'Anchises', 1 November 1917; appointment terminated (discharged), 13 January 1918.

Re-embarked Adelaide, 13 October 1918, on board HT 'Gaika', 6 August 1918; disembarked London, England, 13 October 1918.

Admitted to Military Hospital, Fovant, 16 October 1918 (influenza); discharged to duty, 26 October 1918.

Attached for duty to Administrative Headquarters, London, 9 November 1918.

Commenced return to Australia on board HT 'Czarita', 16 March 1919 (Medical Officer); transshipped Alexandria to HT 'Dunluce Castle', 7 April 1919; appointment terminated (discharged), 21 May 1919.

Medals: Distinguished Service Order, 1914-15 Star, British War Medal, Victory Medal
Date of death27 October 1952
Age at death70
SourcesNAA: B2455, CHAMPION DE CRESPIGNY Constantine Trent

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