Edward HAYCRAFT MM

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HAYCRAFT, Edward

Service Number: 2429
Enlisted: 11 February 1916, Melbourne, Victoria
Last Rank: Private
Last Unit: 46th Infantry Battalion
Born: Somerset, England, 1893
Home Town: Dandenong, Greater Dandenong, Victoria
Schooling: Not yet discovered
Occupation: Butcher
Died: Died of wounds, France, 11 July 1918
Cemetery: Crouy British Cemetery, Crouy-sur-Somme
Plot 111, Row E, Grave 24
Memorials: Australian War Memorial, Roll of Honour
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World War 1 Service

11 Feb 1916: Enlisted AIF WW1, Private, SN 2429, Melbourne, Victoria
7 Sep 1916: Involvement AIF WW1, Private, SN 2429, 46th Infantry Battalion, Enlistment/Embarkation WW1
7 Sep 1916: Embarked AIF WW1, Private, SN 2429, 46th Infantry Battalion, HMAT Port Sydney, Melbourne
9 Apr 1918: Honoured Military Medal, Villers-Bretonneux, For gallant work in the field near Albert on the night of 5th/6th April. About 3 a.m. on 6th an officer lay severely wounded in No Man's Land, covered by frequent bursts of a machine gun to prevent his rescue. An officer had gone out to his rescue and succeeded in bringing him in 50 yards. Private Haycraft, well aware of the danger, and of the fact that 4 others had been wounded in the attempt, went forward and rendered great assistance in effecting the rescue. Each time a movement was made, machine gun fire was opened on them. He then volunteered and assisted to carry the wounded officer to the R.A.P., 1200 yards distant being under machine gun fire the whole way. His coolness and willingness were exemplary.

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Biography contributed by Carol Foster

Edward's residential address at the time of enlistment was c/- Albert Bellett, Powers Road, Dandenong, Victoria

Son of Henry Haycraft of Wyates Farm, Stewly, Ashill, Illminster, Somerset, England

Medals: Military Medal, British War Medal, Victory Medal