George CROFT

Regimental number2006
Place of birthWallsend, New South Wales
SchoolWest Wallsend, New South Wales
ReligionChurch of England
OccupationHospital attendant
AddressWithers Street, West Wallsend, New South Wales
Marital statusSingle
Age at embarkation24
Height6' 0"
Weight171 lbs
Next of kinMother, Mrs Sarah Croft, Withers Street, West Wallsend, New South Wales
Enlistment date10 September 1915
Place of enlistmentNewcastle, New South Wales
Rank on enlistmentPrivate
Unit name30th Battalion, 3rd Reinforcement
AWM Embarkation Roll number23/47/2
Embarkation detailsUnit embarked from Sydney, New South Wales, on board HMAT A70 Ballarat on 16 February 1916
Rank from Nominal RollPrivate
Unit from Nominal Roll30th Battalion
FateKilled in Action 20 July 1916
Place of death or woundingFromelles, France
Age at death24
Age at death from cemetery records25
Place of burialFromelles (Pheasant Wood) Military Cemetery (Plot III, Row D, Grave No 2), France
Panel number, Roll of Honour,
  Australian War Memorial
Miscellaneous information from
  cemetery records
Parents: Francis and Sarah Elizabeth CROFT, 50 Everton Street, Hamilton, New South Wales. Native of Minmi
Other details

War service: Egypt, Western Front

Embarked Sydney, 16 February 1916; disembarked Suez, 23 March 1916.

Proceeded to 30th Bn from 8th Training Bn, Zeitoun, 1 April 1916; joined 30th Bn, Ferry Post, 1 April 1916.

Embarked Alexandria to join the British Expeditionary Force, 16 June 1916; disembarked Marseilles, France, 23 June 1916.

Found guilty, 7 July 1916, of being absent without leave from 1400 hours to 1600 hours, 6 July 1916; awarded 3 days' Field Punishment No 2.

Posted wounded and missing, 20 July 1916.

Court of Enquiry, held in the field, 23 July 1917, pronounced fate as 'Killed in Action, 20 July 1916'.

Red Cross File No 840308 has statement from 2137 Pte W.A. POOLEY, 30th Bn, 28 August 1916: 'I was told in Convalescent Camp by [2117] Pte [W.A.L.] McDermot (sic) of A. Company that he had seen Croft blown up by a shell in the attack, at Fleurbaix on 19th July. McDermot said that Croft was killed outright and that he was quite close to him at the time and that another man called Tickner was killed at the same time as Croft.'

Second statement, 629 Pte P. COTTERILL, C Company, 30th Bn, 21 September 1916: 'I was speaking to Pte. W. Collins C. Co. 30th Batt. about a fortnight ago. He told me he lay beside Croft at Fleurbaix on the night of July 19th. and sniped over his dead body. The German M. Guns played on to the body. Collins escaped.'

Third statement from 'A Private on "Jan Breydell" H.S. Boulogne, 22 September 1916: 'This man ... was killed on the 19th July at Fromelles during the attack. It happened while he was ammunition carrying. I was behind him, and went off the second time, and saw him dead on the top of the German parapet in the first line of the German trenches. We had to retire back to our own line again and [so?] his body was left behind.'

Fourth statement from 2121 Pte F.G. McMULLAN, 30th Bn (patient, Hospital, Manchester), 7 October 1916: 'Informant states that on 19th July at Fleurbaix Coft was carrying ammunition in "No Man's Land" and was blown up by a shell and killed along with Pte F. Tickner.'

Medals: British War Medal, Victory Medal

Originally listed as 'No Known Grave' and commemorated at V.C. Corner (Panel No 2), Australian Cemetery, Fromelles; subsequently (2010) identified, and interred in the Fromelles (Pheasant Wood) Military Cemetery, France
Miscellaneous detailsAddress incorrectly recorded on Embarkation Roll as Wilkens Street. Mother's address subsequently, 80 Hannell Street, Wickham, Newcastle, New South Wales; then 50 Everton Street, Hamilton, Newcastle, New South Wales
SourcesNAA: B2455, CROFT George
Red Cross file 840308