John Alexander CRAWFORD


CRAWFORD, John Alexander

Service Number: 77
Enlisted: 21 July 1915
Last Rank: Lance Corporal
Last Unit: 32nd Infantry Battalion
Born: Biggar, Lanarkshire, Scotland, date not yet discovered
Home Town: Hindmarsh, Charles Sturt, South Australia
Schooling: Hindmarsh Public School, South Australia
Occupation: Concrete labourer
Died: Killed in action, France, 20 July 1916, age not yet discovered
Cemetery: Fromelles (Pheasant Wood) Military Cemetery
Recovered from an unmarked mass grave in 2009, with 250 of his mates. Grave II. A. 2 INSCRIPTION HE SACRIFICED HIS LIFE FOR OTHERS GONE BUT NOT FORGOTTEN
Memorials: Australian War Memorial, Roll of Honour, National War Memorial (South Australia)
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World War 1 Service

21 Jul 1915: Enlisted AIF WW1, Private
18 Nov 1915: Embarked Private, SN 77, 32nd Infantry Battalion, HMAT Geelong, Adelaide
18 Nov 1915: Involvement Private, SN 77, 32nd Infantry Battalion
20 Jul 1916: Involvement Lance Corporal, SN 77, 32nd Infantry Battalion
Date unknown: Involvement 32nd Infantry Battalion, Fromelles (Fleurbaix)

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Biography contributed by Geoffrey Gillon

He was 32 and the son of John and Christina Rae Crawford. 

A new headstone bearing his details will be dedicated to him at a ceremony on the 19th July 2019. He was previously commemorated on the V.C. Corner Australian Memorial; his name will be removed when the appropriate panel is next replaced.