James McClure Bradley CROMBIE

CROMBIE, James McClure Bradley

Service Numbers: 12197, 12197
Enlisted: 15 April 1916, Enlisted at Melbourne
Last Rank: Private
Last Unit: 3rd Field Bakery: AIF
Born: Belfast, Ireland, September 1873
Home Town: Wonthaggi, Victoria
Schooling: Not yet discovered
Occupation: Miner
Died: Illness - paralysis, War Hospital, Warrington, United Kingdom, 1 June 1918
Cemetery: Warrington Cemetery, Lancashire, England
Section C, Row NC, Grave 760 Rev. P. Wallace officiated Undertakers were L. Wells and U. Grenough of Warrington. Coffin was made of oak with brass fittings, Warrington Cemetery, Warrington, Cheshire, England, United Kingdom
Memorials: Australian War Memorial Roll of Honour
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World War 1 Service

15 Apr 1916: Enlisted AIF WW1, Private, 12197, 2nd Field Bakery and Butchery, Enlisted at Melbourne
18 May 1916: Involvement Private, 12197, 3rd Field Bakery: AIF
18 May 1916: Embarked Private, 12197, 3rd Field Bakery: AIF, HMAT Demosthenes, Sydney
1 Jun 1918: Involvement Private, 12197

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Biography contributed by Carol Foster

Residential address at the time of enlistment was Woodstock Coffee Palace, Wonthaggi, Victoria. At the time time of his death he was considered to be insane caused by Syphlis

Next of kin given as his sister Joyce McFarlane of 11 Bowers Court Street, Belfast, Ireland later of Scotland

Medals: British War Medal, Victory Medal

Biography contributed by Evan Evans

The summary below was completed by Cathy Sedgwick – Facebook “WW1 Australian War Graves in England/UK

Died on this date - 1st June......Private James McClure Bradley Crombie was born in Belfast, Ireland around 1874.

According to information provided by his sister for the Roll of Honour, James Crombie came to Australia when he was around 36 years of age.

James Crombie enlisted in the Australian Imperial Force (A.I.F.) on 15th April, 1916 as a 42 year old, single, Miner from Wonthaggi, Gippsland, Victoria.

Private Crombie arrived in England on 21st July, 1916 with the 3rd Field Bakery (27th Army Service Corps), 1st Reinforcements for further training & was posted to A.S.C. (Army Service Corp) Training Depot at Parkhouse, Wiltshire.

Private Crombie was written up for Offences on 23rd July, 1916 - Drunk on 2 pm Parade. He was fined 5/- & put on Defaulters Parade for 4 days & Absent from Defaulters Parade. 18.15 hrs – found in Wet Canteen within prohibited hours as defaulter. He was awarded 96 hours detention.

Private Crombie proceeded overseas to France, arriving on 4th September, 1916 & was posted to 2nd Field Bakery at Calais on 11th September, 1916.

Private Crombie was sent sick to Hospital at Calais on 1st January, 1917 & returned to duty on 10th January, 1917 having suffered with Bronchitis.

Private Crombie was granted leave from 31st August, 1917 & rejoined from leave on 11th September, 1917.

Private Crombie was admitted to Hospital in France - cause not yet determined. He was invalided to England & admitted to Royal Victoria Hospital, Netley, England on 15th February, 1918 suffering from mental sickness. He was transferred to The Lord Derby War Hospital, Warrington, England on 18th February, 1918 for mental observation.

A Medical Report was completed on 11th March, 1918 & his disability was listed as G.P.I. (General Paralysis of Insane) which had gradually onset some months prior to 9th February, 1918 in France. It was found that Private Crombie’s disability was “aggravated by Active Service by Stress of Campaign, attributable to Syphilis.” The Medical Board recommended that Private Crombie be repatriated to Australia.

Private James McClure Bradley Crombie died on 1st June, 1918 at The Lord Derby War Hospital, Warrington, Lancashire, England from Paralysis (G.P.I. - General Paralysis of Insane). He was buried in Warrington Cemetery, Warrington, Cheshire, England where 8 other WW1 Australians are buried.

(The above is a summary of my research. The full research can be found by following the link below)
https://ww1austburialsuk.weebly.com/warrington---cheshire.h…

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