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William Alexander CRAIES

Date of birth19 May 1886
Place of birthTownsville, Queensland
SchoolPrivate and State Schools; Sydney Military
ReligionChurch of England
AddressAlexandra Street, North Ward, Townsville, Queensland
Marital statusSingle
Age at embarkation29
Next of kinMother, Mrs W H Craies, Alexandra Street, North Ward, Townsville, Queensland
Previous military serviceMember of the AGA (Defence of Thursday Island)
Enlistment date1 March 1915
Date of enlistment from Nominal Roll1 December 1916
Rank on enlistmentMajor
Unit name25th Battalion B Company
AWM Embarkation Roll number23/42/1
Embarkation detailsUnit embarked from Brisbane, Queensland, on board HMAT A60 Aeneas on 29 June 1915
Rank from Nominal RollCaptain
Unit from Nominal Roll52nd Battalion


Unit: 5th Battalion
Promotion date: 1 December 1916

Unit: 52nd Battalion

Recommendations (Medals and Awards)

Mention in Despatches

Awarded, and promulgated, 'London Gazette' No. 30706 (28 May 1918); 'Commonwealth Gazette' No. 165 (24 October 1918).

FateDied of wounds 25 April 1918
Place of death or woundingVillers-Bretonneux, France
Age at death32
Age at death from cemetery records31
Place of burialVillers Bretonneux Communal Cemetery (Plot X, Row E, Grave No 9), Somme, France
Miscellaneous information from
  cemetery records
Parents: Walter Hamilton Craies and Emma Craies, Kew Road, Chelmer, Brisbane, Queensland
Other details

Medals: 1914-15 Star, British War Medal, Victory Medal

Miscellaneous detailsSee other entry for second period of service.

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