Arthur William CRACKNELL


CRACKNELL, Arthur William

Service Number: 8446
Enlisted: 6 September 1915, Adelaide, South Australia
Last Rank: Driver
Last Unit: 6th Field Artillery Brigade
Born: Woolwich, England, 18 November 1870
Home Town: Adelaide, South Australia
Schooling: Not yet discovered
Occupation: Carter
Died: Killed in Action, Albert, France, 7 August 1916, aged 45 years
Cemetery: Gordon Dump Cemetery, Ovillers-la Boisselle
Plot I, Row A, Grave No. 25
Memorials: Adelaide Corporation WW1 Honour Board, Adelaide National War Memorial, Australian War Memorial Roll of Honour
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World War 1 Service

6 Sep 1915: Enlisted AIF WW1, Adelaide, South Australia
24 Nov 1915: Involvement AIF WW1, Driver, SN 8446, 6th Field Artillery Brigade , Battle for Pozières
24 Nov 1915: Embarked AIF WW1, Driver, SN 8446, 6th Field Artillery Brigade , HMAT Botanist, Melbourne

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The 106th Howitzer Battery, 6th Australian Field Artillery Brigade AIF was stationed near Gordon Dump in Sausage Valley (often known as Sausage Gully by the Australians) when it was hit by a German shell which exploded 35 rounds of howitzer ammunition. Drivers William Cracknell and George Denness, Gunners Frank Crommelin, Allan Mercer and Gladstone Page and Bombardier Henry White – were killed. All of them lie buried in Plot 1, Row A in Gordon Dump in graves described by one of their mates as ‘lying 400 yards beyond the La Boisselle crater’. (