John Richard CRONIN

CRONIN, John Richard

Service Number: 2090
Enlisted: 1 April 1916
Last Rank: Private
Last Unit: 2nd Pioneer Battalion
Born: Nar Nar Goon, Victoria, Australia, 8 March 1886
Home Town: Trafalgar, Baw Baw, Victoria
Schooling: Not yet discovered
Occupation: Farmer
Died: Pneumonia consequent on an attack of Measles, Buried at Sea from HMAT Wandilla (A62), 8 July 1916, aged 30 years
Cemetery: No known grave - "Known Unto God"
Hollybrook Memorial, Southampton, Hampshire, England, United Kingdom
Memorials: Australian War Memorial Roll of Honour, Hollybrook Memorial, Southampton, Neerim War Memorial, Noojee War Memorial, Willow Grove War Memorial
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World War 1 Service

1 Apr 1916: Enlisted AIF WW1, Private, 2090, 2nd Pioneer Battalion
6 Jun 1916: Involvement Private, 2090, 2nd Pioneer Battalion
6 Jun 1916: Embarked Private, 2090, 2nd Pioneer Battalion, HMAT Wandilla, Melbourne

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Biography contributed by Evan Evans

The summary below was completed by Cathy Sedgwick – Facebook “WW1 Australian War Graves in England/UK/Scotland/Ireland 

Died on this date – 8th July…… Private John Richard Cronin was born at Nar Nar Goon, Victoria on 8th March, 1886.

He enlisted in the Australian Imperial Force (A.I.F.) on 1st April, 1916 as a a 30 year old, single, Farmer from Willow Grove, via Moe, Victoria.

Private John Richard Cronin, Service number 2090, embarked from Melbourne, Victoria on HMAT Wandilla (A62) on 6th June, 1916 with the 2nd Pioneer Battalion, 3rd Reinforcements.

On 23rd June, 1916 he was admitted to Ship’s Hospital with Measles. The Hospital Admissions form recorded “Bronco pneumonia developed on 2nd July.”

Private John Richard Cronin died at 12.15 pm on 8th July, 1916 at Sea on board HMAT Wandilla (A62) from “Pneumonia consequent on an attack of Measles.”

He was buried at Sea from HMAT Wandilla (A62) at 3 pm on 8th July, 1916. He is commemorated on the Hollybrook Memorial, Southampton, Hampshire, England as he has no grave. His death is acknowledged by the Commonwealth War Graves Commission.

(The above is a summary of my research. The full research can be found by following the link below)