George William CROWHURST

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CROWHURST, George William

Service Number: 1849
Enlisted: 16 February 1916, Petersburg, South Australia
Last Rank: Private
Last Unit: 5th Pioneer Battalion
Born: Gumbowie, South Australia, 7 May 1895
Home Town: Terowie, Goyder, South Australia
Schooling: Not yet discovered
Occupation: Farmer
Died: Killed in Action, Messines, Belgium, 2 December 1917, aged 22 years
Cemetery: La Plus Douve Farm Cemetery
Memorials: Adelaide National War Memorial, Australian War Memorial Roll of Honour, Sunnybrae School and District Roll of Honour, Terowie Institute Honour Board, Terowie War Memorial, Truro and District Roll of Honour
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World War 1 Service

16 Feb 1916: Enlisted AIF WW1, Petersburg, South Australia
11 Apr 1916: Involvement AIF WW1, Private, SN 1849, 5th Pioneer Battalion, Enlistment/Embarkation WW1
11 Apr 1916: Embarked AIF WW1, Private, SN 1849, 5th Pioneer Battalion, HMAT Aeneas, Adelaide
2 Dec 1917: Involvement AIF WW1, Private, SN 1849, 5th Pioneer Battalion, Messines

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Biography

Private, 5 Platoon, B Company, 5th Pioneer Battalion.

Killed instantly by shell fire near Messines on 2nd December 1917 after returning from a screening patry. Sergeant Morris DCM, the platoon sergeant was also killed by the shell and buried with Crowhurst. Major Smith, a chaplain with the 8th Brigade lead the burial service.