Peter George CRUSE


CRUSE, Peter George

Service Number: 280
Enlisted: 24 August 1914, Morphettville, South Australia
Last Rank: Trooper
Last Unit: 3rd Light Horse Regiment
Born: Gymbowen, Victoria, 1 March 1895
Home Town: Gymbowen, West Wimmera, Victoria
Schooling: Gymbowen Public School
Occupation: Carpenter
Died: Died of Illness (Peritonitis), Malta, 15 August 1915, aged 20 years
Cemetery: Addolorata Cemetery, Malta
Memorials: Adelaide National War Memorial (South Australia), Australian War Memorial, Roll of Honour
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World War 1 Service

24 Aug 1914: Enlisted AIF WW1, Private, SN 280, Morphettville, South Australia
22 Oct 1914: Embarked AIF WW1, Private, SN 280, 3rd Light Horse Regiment, HMAT Port Lincoln, Adelaide
22 Oct 1914: Involvement AIF WW1, Private, SN 280, 3rd Light Horse Regiment, Enlistment/Embarkation WW1
9 May 1915: Involvement AIF WW1, Trooper, SN 280, 3rd Light Horse Regiment, ANZAC Gallipoli
15 Aug 1915: Involvement AIF WW1, Trooper, SN 280, 3rd Light Horse Regiment

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"Died on Service. PRIVATE P. G. CRUSE, GYMBOWEN.

The late Private P. G. Cruse was 20½ years old. He was born at Gymbowen. After leaving school he went to Western Australia, and had only come back to Adelaide when the war broke out. He enlisted in the Third Regiment of the South Australian Light Horse, but when so many Australians were killed on the first landing in Gallipoli, volunteers from the Light Horse were called to fill the gap. Cruse was one of the first to volunteer. He saw four months of fighting in the trenches, when he was attacked with peritonitis, which carried him off. He was a fine type of a man for his age, being 6 feet high, and weighing 13 stone. Deep sympathy is felt for his father, who is not in good health." - from the Horsham Times 07 Sep 1915 (



Another victim of the fighting in the Dardanelles was Private P. G. Cruse, younger son of Mr. Peter Cruse, of Gymbowen, Victoria, and a brother of Mr. L. Cruse, of St. Peters. He went to the front with the First Expeditionary Force as a member of B Company, 3rd Light Horse, leaving the firm of F. W. Bullock and Co. to join the colors. He was 20 years of age, and had been in this State only four months when he enlisted." - from the Adelaide Chronicle 11 Sep 1915 (