Lancelot McDermott CROWE MM

CROWE, Lancelot McDermott

Service Number: 106
Enlisted: 19 September 1914, Morphettville, South Australia
Last Rank: Private
Last Unit: 15th Light Horse Regiment
Born: Meningie, South Australia, 24 June 1891
Home Town: Meningie, The Coorong, South Australia
Schooling: Meningie Public School
Occupation: Insurance agent
Died: Accidental (motorcycle crash), Adelaide, South Australia, 15 September 1929, aged 38 years
Cemetery: AIF Cemetery, West Terrace Cemetery, Adelaide, South Australia
Section: LO, Road: 4S, Site No: 3
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World War 1 Service

19 Sep 1914: Enlisted AIF WW1, Private, 106, 9th Light Horse Regiment, Morphettville, South Australia
12 Jan 1915: Involvement AIF WW1, Private, 106, 9th Light Horse Regiment, Enlistment/Embarkation WW1, --- :embarkation_roll: roll_number: '2' embarkation_place: Melbourne embarkation_ship: HMAT Armadale embarkation_ship_number: A26 public_note: ''
12 Jan 1915: Embarked AIF WW1, Private, 106, 9th Light Horse Regiment, HMAT Armadale, Melbourne
10 May 1920: Discharged AIF WW1, Private, 106, 15th Light Horse Regiment

Tpr Lancelot McDermott Crowe

From How We Served

106 Trooper Lancelot McDermott Crowe MM of Lake Albert, South Australia had been employed as an insurance agent when he enlisted for War Service on the 19th of September 1914. Allocated to the 9th Light Horse Regiment 1st AIF, Lancelot embarked for Egypt and further training on the 12th of Feburary 1915.

With his Regiment committed to the Dardenelles campaign to act as reinforcements for the Infantry, Lancelot arrived at Gallipoli on the 16th of May 1915, and within a fortnight he was being evacuated to Mudros Island for hospitalisation due to influenza. On the 6th of June Lancelot was returned to Gallipoli but by the end of the month of his arrival he was again evacuated due to illness. Lancelot was sent back to Egypt vide Mudros Island and by the 11th of August 1916 and after a prolonged period of convalescence he was taken on strength with the 3rd Reserve Regiment.

On the 3rd of September Lancelot volunteered for service with the Imperial Campel Corps, and following his being taken on strength with the 11th Company ICC he was later transferred over to the 3rd ANZAC Battalion of the Imperial Campel Corps on the 11th of November 1916. Aside periods of sickness Lancelot's service in the desert fighting was continuous and by the 6th of January 1918 he had been awarded the Military Medal for bravery in the field. With the disbandment of his Unit Lancelot was taken on strength with the 15th Light Horse Regiment and with this Unit he would continue to serve throughout the remainder of the War.

Following the end of hositilities Lancelot would be again hospitalised for illness before he proceeded to England on Furlough at the start of April 1919 and following this he was returned to Australia to receive his formal discharge from the 1st AIF. Lancelot's premature death occurred on the 15th of September 1929 due to injuries he received in a motorcycle accident at the age of 38 Following his passing Lancelot was interred within West Terrace Cemetery, South Australia.

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"DEATH OF MR. L. CROWE.  Descendant of Sir John Moore

Mr. Lancelot McDermott Crowe (aged 37 years), who died in Adelaide Hospital last night after a motor cycle accident at Kensington earlier in the evening, was a descendant of Sir John Moore, who defeated the French at Corunna. Mr. Crowe served with the 9th Light Horse during the war. Born at Meningie, Mr. Crowe was educated there. His parents, Mr. and Mrs. Lot Crowe, died when he was a child, and Mr. Crowe lived with his grandparents, Mr and Mrs. William Hiscock. He has left a brother, Mr. F. W. Crowe, of Glen Osmond. Up to the time of his death Mr. Crowe was living with Mrs. Griffin, of Dulwich, an aunt. He was employed at Morialta Estate, owned by Mr. R. H. Wallman, and was on his way to that property when the mishap occurred." - from the Adelaide News 16 Sep 1929 (