Robert Wilson (Bob) CROKER


CROKER, Robert Wilson

Service Number: 6711
Enlisted: 18 July 1916
Last Rank: Private
Last Unit: 14th Infantry Battalion
Born: Adamstown, New South Wales, Australia, 14 April 1889
Home Town: Redhead, Lake Macquarie Shire, New South Wales
Schooling: Dudley School of Arts, New South Wales, Australia
Occupation: Horse breaker
Died: Killed in action, Belgium, 15 October 1917, aged 28 years
Cemetery: No known grave - "Known Unto God"
The Ypres (Menin Gate) Memorial (Panel 17), Belgium
Memorials: Australian War Memorial Roll of Honour, Menin Gate Memorial (Commonwealth Memorial to the Missing of the Ypres Salient)
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World War 1 Service

18 Jul 1916: Enlisted AIF WW1, Private, SN 6711, 14th Infantry Battalion
17 Nov 1916: Involvement Private, SN 6711, 14th Infantry Battalion, Third Ypres
17 Nov 1916: Embarked Private, SN 6711, 14th Infantry Battalion, SS Port Napier, Sydney

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Biography contributed by Evan Evans

From Gary Mitchell, Sandgate Cemetery
Memorialised at Sandgate Cemetery.

104 years ago today, on the 15th October 1917, Private Robert (Bob) Wilson Croker, 14th Battalion (Reg No-6711), hose breaker & farm labourer & teamster from Redhead, New South Wales, was Killed in Action at the 1st Battle of Passchendaele during the Passchendaele Campaign, age 28.

Born at Adamstown, New South Wales on the 14th April 1889 (father gives birthdate 21.4.1890) to Charles Frederick (died 1939) and Annie Elizabeth (died 1931) Croker of Stuart Street, Charlestown, N.S.W., Bob enlisted July 1916 at Sydney, N.S.W.

Mr. Croker’s name has been inscribed on the Ypres (Menin Gate) Memorial (Panel 17), Belgium.

Bob’s name has also been inscribed on the Redhead War Memorial (photos, unveiled on the 21st January 1918 & the 14th May 1950 & 11th November 2000, 66 names inscribed, 6 Fallen), Redhead Public School Roll of Honour, Book of Gold, Dudley Public School Roll of Honor, Dudley War Memorial and The Capt. Clarence Smith Jeffries (V.C.) and Pte. William Matthew Currey (V.C.) Memorial Wall.

Younger brother William Wallace (M.M., 8th & 14th Battalions, Reg No-6804, born 1891, died 20.11.1936) resting same location.

I have placed poppies at the Croker family gravesite in remembrance of their son’s supreme sacrifice during The Great War and the brave service of their son William with the 1st A.I.F. ANGLICAN 1-17. 41.

Lest We Forget.