Aubrey Clarence CRAWLEY

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CRAWLEY, Aubrey Clarence

Service Numbers: 3, Officer
Enlisted: 5 November 1915, Blackboy Hill, WA
Last Rank: Lieutenant
Last Unit: 44th Infantry Battalion
Born: Melbourne, Victoria, 1889
Home Town: Boulder, Kalgoorlie/Boulder, Western Australia
Schooling: Boulder Central State School, WA
Occupation: Civil Servant
Died: Bullet wound to right eye, Belgium, 17 February 1918
Cemetery: Lancashire Cottage Cemetery
Plot III, Row C, Grave 10
Memorials: Australian War Memorial Roll of Honour, Boulder Roll of Honour
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World War 1 Service

5 Nov 1915: Enlisted AIF WW1, Private, SN 3, 44th Infantry Battalion, Blackboy Hill, WA
6 Jun 1916: Involvement SN 3, 44th Infantry Battalion
6 Jun 1916: Embarked SN 3, 44th Infantry Battalion, HMAT Suevic, Fremantle
17 Feb 1918: Involvement AIF WW1, Lieutenant, SN Officer, 44th Infantry Battalion

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Biography contributed by Elizabeth Allen

Aubrey Clarence CRAWLEY was born in Melbourne in 1889

His parents were Cornelius CRAWLEY & Margaret JENKIN

He had previously served with the School Cadet Corps in 1904 for 12 months before he enlisted in Blackboy Hill, Western Australia on 5th November, 1915 & embarked with the 44th Battalion Head Quarters from Fremantle, WA on the HMAT Suevic on 6th June, 1916

Ranks:

Private 5.11.15 (on enlistment)

Corporal 14.1.16

Lance Sergeant (Provisional) 27.2.16

Battalion Orderly 16.4.16 (Orderly Room Sergeant)

Commission to be 2nd Lieutenant 17.1.17

Promoted to Lieutenant 11.9.17

Aubrey was Killed in Action on 17th February, 1918 at Ploegsteert, Belgium when a bullet hit him in the right eye while on patrol and he was killed instantly

He is buried in Lancashire Collage Cemetery (Plot III, Row C, Grave 10) in Belgium and his name is memorialised on the Australian War Memorial

Medals:  British War Medal & Victory Medal

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