Neil McMaster CRAWFORD


CRAWFORD, Neil McMaster

Service Number: 3542
Enlisted: 25 January 1916, Toowoomba, Queensland
Last Rank: Private
Last Unit: 31st Infantry Battalion
Born: Roma, Queensland, 10 January 1898
Home Town: Roma, Maranoa, Queensland
Schooling: Roma State School
Occupation: Wheelwright
Died: Died of Wounds, Polygon Wood , Belgium, 26 September 1917, aged 19 years
Cemetery: No known grave - "Known Unto God"
Originally buried near Black Watch Corner, Polygon Wood - gravesite later unable to be located, Menin Gate Memorial, Ypres, Flanders, Belgium
Tree Plaque: Roma Heroes Avenue
Memorials: Australian War Memorial Roll of Honour, Menin Gate Memorial (Commonwealth Memorial to the Missing of the Ypres Salient), Roma Cenotaph, Roma Presbyterian Church Honour Roll, Town of Roma and Shire of Bungil WW1 Honour Board
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World War 1 Service

25 Jan 1916: Enlisted AIF WW1, Toowoomba, Queensland
16 Aug 1916: Involvement AIF WW1, Private, SN 3542, 31st Infantry Battalion, Enlistment/Embarkation WW1
16 Aug 1916: Embarked AIF WW1, Private, SN 3542, 31st Infantry Battalion, HMAT Boorara, Brisbane
26 Sep 1917: Involvement AIF WW1, Private, SN 3542, 31st Infantry Battalion, Third Ypres

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Neil was born as Joseph Neal McMaster CRAWFORD on 10th January, 1898 in Roma, Queensland

His parents were James CRAWFORD and Annie Millicent LISTER

He served for three & a half years in the Senior Cadets prior to his enlistment on 25th January, 1916 with the 31st Battalion, 8th reinforcements - Unit embarked from Brisbane on board HMAT Boorara on 16th August, 1916

Neil was Killed in Action (died of wounds) on 26th September, 1917 in Polygon Wood and buried near Black Watch Corner in the vicinity of Polygon Wood (his grave has since been lost). He is commemorated on the Ypres (Menin Gate) Memorial, Panel No. 23 and also on the Australian War Memorial. He was awarded the British War Medal and the Victory Medal