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Harry CRACKEL

Regimental number6244
ReligionChurch of England
OccupationBush worker
AddressGnowangerup, Western Australia
Marital statusSingle
Age at embarkation24
Next of kinMother, Mrs Elizabeth Crackel, Gnowangerup, Western Australia
Enlistment date6 April 1916
Date of enlistment from Nominal Roll31 March 1916
Rank on enlistmentPrivate
Unit name16th Battalion, 20th Reinforcement
AWM Embarkation Roll number23/33/4
Embarkation detailsUnit embarked from Fremantle, Western Australia, on board HMAT A23 Suffolk on 13 October 1916
Rank from Nominal RollPrivate
Unit from Nominal Roll32nd Battalion
FateReturned to Australia 1 June 1919
Medals

Military Medal

'During the operations carried out by the Battalion from 29th September to 1st October near BELLICOURT Private CRACKEL showed the greatest courage and devotion to duty. When the No. 1 of his Lewis Gun team was killed by an enemy bullet Private CRACKEL immediately operated the gun. At the moment a large body of hostile troops were advancing within 50 yards and he was being sniped at from the flanks. His courage and skill at a critical time greatly contributed to the repulse of the enemy.'
Source: 'Commonwealth Gazette' No. 109
Date: 15 September 1919

Other details

War service: Western Front

Medals: Military Medal, British War Medal, Victory Medal
Date of death5 January 1978

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