Benjamin Clifford CROUCH

CROUCH, Benjamin Clifford

Service Number: 2791
Enlisted: 27 September 1916
Last Rank: Private
Last Unit: 43rd Infantry Battalion
Born: Prairie, South Australia, Australia , 24 September 1893
Home Town: Inglewood, Adelaide Hills, South Australia
Schooling: Millbrook School, South Australia
Occupation: Farm hand and chair maker
Died: Killed in Action, Belgium, 31 July 1917, aged 23 years
Cemetery: No known grave - "Known Unto God"
Memorials: Adelaide National War Memorial, Adelaide Scots Church WW 1 Honour Board_2, Australian War Memorial Roll of Honour, Cudlee Creek Honour Roll, Cudlee Creek Millbrook Public School Roll of Honour, Gumeracha Our Fallen Heroes WW1 Honour Board, Menin Gate Memorial (Commonwealth Memorial to the Missing of the Ypres Salient)
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World War 1 Service

27 Sep 1916: Enlisted AIF WW1, Private, 2791, 43rd Infantry Battalion
16 Dec 1916: Involvement Private, 2791, 43rd Infantry Battalion, Third Ypres, --- :embarkation_roll: roll_number: '18' embarkation_place: Adelaide embarkation_ship: HMAT Berrima embarkation_ship_number: A35 public_note: ''
16 Dec 1916: Embarked Private, 2791, 43rd Infantry Battalion, HMAT Berrima, Adelaide

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Biography contributed by Julianne Ryan

Rootsweb ID: I229838 Born 24/9/1893 in Prairie, South Australia
(SA Births 1842 - 1906 Book: 530 Page: 192 District: Tal.)

Father Joseph Benjamin CROUCH (b. 1 Mar 1860 in Torrens Farm, SA)   and
Mother Lucy Frances Crouch (nee LAVER) - b. 1862 Levis Water Holes, SA

Described on enlisting as 23 years of age, single, 5' 8 1/4 " tall; 146 lbs;
fresh complexioin; blue eyes; light brown hair; congregational, lived at Inglewood, SA

27/9/1916        enlisted into WWI

16/12/1916      embarked from Out Harbour, Port Adelaide, onboard HMAT Berrima A35
                       as a Private with 43rd infantry battalion, 6th reinforcements

16/2/1917        disembarked into Devonport, England

5/3/1917          marched out to 11th Training Battalion

2/7/1917          proceeded overseas to Etaples, France 

18/7/1917        taken on strength into 43rd Battalion, in the field

31/7/1917        killed in action - Belgium

NO Known grave

His name is commemorated on the Menin Gate Memorial, Bay 27, Stone V (5), Ypres, Flanders, Belgium.

His name is commemorated on Panel 136 at the Australian War Memorial, Canberra, ACT.

Medals:  British War medal (54575) and Victory medal (53703)
Memorial Scroll and Plaque (328698).

Sourced and submitted by Julianne T Ryan.  7/10/2016.  Lest we forget.