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William Andrew CRAIGIE

Regimental number4420
Place of birthNymagee, New South Wales
ReligionRoman Catholic
AddressNyngan, New South Wales
Marital statusSingle
Age at embarkation34
Height5' 5"
Weight153 lbs
Next of kinFriend, Mrs E Mullins, Gongolgon via Nyngan, New South Wales
Previous military serviceNil
Enlistment date26 August 1915
Place of enlistmentDubbo, New South Wales
Rank on enlistmentPrivate
Unit name1st Battalion, 13th Reinforcement
AWM Embarkation Roll number23/18/4
Embarkation detailsUnit embarked from Sydney, New South Wales, on board HMAT A60 Aeneas on 20 December 1915
Rank from Nominal RollPrivate
Unit from Nominal Roll54th Battalion
FateKilled in Action 19-20 July 1916
Place of death or woundingBattle of Fromelles, France
Age at death34
Place of burialFromelles (Pheasant Wood) Military Cemetery, France
Panel number, Roll of Honour,
  Australian War Memorial
Other details

War service: Egypt, Western Front

Allotted to and proceeded to 54th Bn, Zeitoun, 16 February 1916; joined 54th Bn, Tel el Kebir, 16 February 1916.

Promoted Lance Corporal, 1 May 1916.

Embarked Alexandria to join the British Expeditionary Force, 19 June 1916; disembarked Marseilles, France, 29 June 1916.

Killed in action, 19/20 July 1916.

Translation of German report, 3 November 1919, 'Iden: Disc handed over by Intell: Off: with 6th Army H.Q. through Central Office for Deceased Estates, 12/10/16. Australian Soldier Craigie, Pte, Iden: Disc 4420, of 54th Btn fell in the neighbourhood of Fromelles on 19/7/16.'

Red Cross File No 830111: 'The above name appeared on German death list dated 4-11-16.'

Originally listed as 'No Known Grave' and commemorated at V.C. Corner (Panel No 10), Australian Cemetery, Fromelles; subsequently (2011) identified, and interred in the Fromelles (Pheasant Wood) Military Cemetery, France

Medals: British War Medal, Victory Medal
Miscellaneous detailsName recorded incorrectly on Embarkation Roll as William Andrews CRAIGIE. Mother's address: Lucy Craigie, Dubbo, New South Wales; then 38 William Street, Bathurst, New South Wales; then c/o Mrs H Folke, Pooraka Siding, Cobar Line, New South Wales; then 119 Kippax Street, Surry Hills, New South Wales
SourcesNAA: B2455, CRAIGIE William Andrew
Red Cross file 830111

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