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Ernest Roy CROCKER

Regimental number4282
Date of birth19 April 1895
Place of birthBroken Hill New South Wales
OccupationEngine driver
AddressSilverton, New South Wales
Marital statusSingle
Age at embarkation21
Next of kinMother, Mrs Margaret Crocker, Silverton, New South Wales
Enlistment date12 April 1915
Rank on enlistmentPrivate
Unit nameAustralian Stationary Hospital 1, Reinforcement 8
AWM Embarkation Roll number26/70/2
Embarkation detailsUnit embarked from Adelaide, South Australia, on board HMAT RMS Morea on 26 August 1915
Rank from Nominal RollPrivate
Unit from Nominal Roll3rd Field Ambulance
Recommendations (Medals and Awards)

Military Medal

Work at Froissy on 23 August 1918.
Recommendation date: Unspecified

FateReturned to Australia 8 May 1919

Military Medal

'During the attack on the FROISSY heights by 1st Australian Division on afternoon of 23rd August, 1918, Private CROCKER in company with Private SOUTHWELL is specially recommended for gallant conduct and devotion to duty. Casualties in the Battalion, whose wounded, these men were clearing, were heavy and the Regimental Aid Post was heavily shelled inflicting casualties amongst the bearers. Nevertheless, by the untiring efforts and utter disregard of danger of these men, the aid post was quickly cleared and the patients removed to a place of safety. Their gallantry inspired their comrades to increased efforts and won the admiration of all who saw them. Recommended by Major Hastings WILLIS A.A.M.C. No. 3 Australian Field Ambulance Stretcher Bearer during this operation.'
Source: 'Commonwealth Gazette' No. 115
Date: 10 October 1919

Other details

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

Also served in World War II as 109317 Royal Australian Air Force.
Date of death9 November 1949
Age at death54
Place of burialMinlaton Cemetery, South Australia

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