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Gordon William Ford CRABB

Regimental number5078
Place of birthBlanchetown, South Australia
OccupationStation hand
AddressNoola Station, Tarana, New South Wales
Marital statusSingle
Age at embarkation25
Height5' 6.75"
Weight120 lbs
Next of kinMother, Mrs Martha A Crabb, Ormond Terrace, Norwood, South Australia
Previous military serviceNil
Enlistment date15 November 1915
Place of enlistmentAdelaide, South Australia
Rank on enlistmentPrivate
Unit name10th Battalion, 16th Reinforcement
AWM Embarkation Roll number23/27/4
Embarkation detailsUnit embarked from Adelaide, South Australia, on board HMAT A9 Shropshire on 25 March 1916
Rank from Nominal RollPrivate
Unit from Nominal Roll10th Battalion
FateReturned to Australia 10 September 1917
Miscellaneous information from
  cemetery records
Parents: Benjamin and Martha CRABB
Discharge date29 January 1918
Other details

War service: Western Front

Proceeded overseas to France from 3rd Training Bn, Perham Downs, 15 August 1916; taken on strength, 10th Bn, in the field, 25 August 1916.

Admitted to 12th Canadian Field Ambulance, and transferred to 4th Australian Field Ambulance, 9 September 1916 (diarrhoea); to Divisional Rest Station, 13 September 1916; discharged to duty from 13th Field Ambulance, 16 October 1916 (debility).

Admitted to 38th Casualty Clearing Station, 3 January 1917 (disordered action of the heart); transferred to No 1 General Hospital, Etretat, 4 January 1917; to No 4 Convalescent Depot, Havre (tachycardia), 1 February 1917; discharged to duty, 8 February 1917; marched in to 1st Australian Division Base Depot, Etaples, 18 February 1917.

Admitted to 26th General hospital, Etaples, 23 February 1917 (disordered action of the heart); transferred to 6th Convalescent Depot, 26 February 1917; to St John Ambulance, 27 February 1917; to 6th Convalescent Depot, 19 March 1917; to 1st Australian Division Base Depot, Etaples,9 May 1917.

Transferred to England, 25 June 1917; disembarked Southampton, 26 June 1917, and marched in to No 2 Command Depot, Weymouth.

Commenced return to Australia on board HT 'Ulysses', 10 September 1917; disembarked, 9 November 1917; discharged (medically unfit), Adelaide, 29 January 1918.

War service: 2 years 76 days (of which 1 year 230 days was abroad)

Medals: British War Medal, Victory Medal

Name given in burial register as G W CRABBY.
Date of death13 January 1928
Age at death37
Place of burialAIF Cemetery, West Terrace, Adelaide, South Australia
SourcesNAA: B2455, CRABB Gordon William Ford

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