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Edward Keith CRANE

Regimental number2711
Place of birthHobart, Tasmania
Address22 Fowell Street, Zeehan, Tasmania
Marital statusSingle
Age at embarkation22
Height5' 11"
Weight182 lbs
Next of kinFather, S Crane, 22 Fowell Street, Zeehan, Tasmania
Previous military serviceNil
Enlistment date25 May 1915
Place of enlistmentClaremont, Tasmania
Rank on enlistmentPrivate
Unit name11th Battalion, 8th Reinforcement
AWM Embarkation Roll number23/28/2
Embarkation detailsUnit embarked from Fremantle, Western Australia, on board HMAT A68 Anchises on 2 September 1915
Rank from Nominal RollPrivate
Unit from Nominal Roll5th Battalion
FateReturned to Australia 8 April 1917
Discharge date11 July 1917
Family/military connectionsBrother: 3135 Pte Samuel Tasman CRANE, 56th Bn, killed in action, 15 April 1918.
Other details

War service: deserted from HT 'Wandilla', Fremantle: forfeited 28 days' pay, 9 July 1915; and transferred to 9th reinforcement, 11th Bn; embvarked on board HT 'Anchises', 2 September 1915.

Proceeded to join the Mediterranean Expeditionary Force, Gallipoli, 21 October 1915. Disembarked Alexandria, 7 January 1916 (general Gallipoli evacuation).

Transferred to 51st Bn, 29 February 1916. Found guilty, Tel el Kebir, 27 March 1916, of being absent without leave from 10.30 pm, 25 March 1916: awarded 10 days' confined to camp.

Proceeded from Alexandria to join the British Expeditionary Force, 5 June 1916; disembarked Marseilles, 12 June 1916.

Wounded in action, 3 July 1916 (gun shot wound, face and eye), and admitted to 3rd Field Ambulance; transferred same day to 1st Australian Casualty Clearing Station; to England, 7 July 1916, and admitted to Edinburgh War Hospital; to No 1 Auxiliary Hospital, Harefield, 18 August 1916; discharged on furlough, 23 August 1916, to report to No 2 Command Depot, Weymouth, 3 September 1916.

Commenced return to Australia from Plymouth on board HT 'Barambah', 9 June 1917; disembarked Melbourne for onward travel to Hobart; discharged, 11 July 1917.

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

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