Edward David G CRAWLEY


CRAWLEY, Edward David G

Service Number: 2400748
Enlisted: Not yet discovered
Last Rank: Private
Last Unit: 3rd Battalion, The Royal Australian Regiment (3RAR)
Born: Sydney, New South Wales, 12 May 1930
Home Town: Glebe, New South Wales
Schooling: Not yet discovered
Occupation: Soldier
Died: Self inflicted wounds, Tokyo, 6 March 1953, aged 22 years
Cemetery: Yokohama War Cemetery
Plot: D.C.15
Memorials: Australian War Memorial Roll of Honour
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Korean War Service

27 Oct 1952: Involvement Australian Army (Post WW2), Private, SN 2400748, 3rd Battalion, The Royal Australian Regiment (3RAR)

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Biography contributed by sharon clinton

Edward David G. Crawley is my relative (my name is Mrs Sharon Ann Clinton of Lithgow NSW). 

Edward was the first born and only living son of my great grandmother her name was Eileen May Crawley (nee Winchester). Edward's father's name was also Edward and they lived in the Eastern Suburbs of Sydney, NSW.

Edward's maternal grandparents were George and Elizabeth Winchester. George William Winchester (his grandfather) came from a wealthy English family who had disowned him for marrying Elizabeth. So they had migrated to Australian and settled in Sydney.  

Eileen died on the 06 Mar 1994.

Edward had two younger sisters, Alison followed by Helen. Edward's mother Eileen loved her children so much.  

Edward was married before he left to serve in the Korean War but his wife's name is not known to us. His death caused a lot of grief for the family, being Eileen's first born and only son, she was never quite the same when he died, although she was able to attend his funeral in Japan. Afforded a full military funeral and expenses for Eileen's attandance were taken care of by the authorities.

Edward was only 22 years old when he died. The family called him Teddy. He is on the Glebe Roll of Honour (Glebe Cenotaph) as well as the Australian War Memorial.

Teddy was a very attractive young man as I did once see his picture, the location of which I'm unsure of now. He had dark curly short hair and a good complexion, with blue eyes.

Teddy served in Korea from 27 Oct 1952, I have no idea why he signed up to serve in this war but I do know his mum Eileen was very worried and frightened for him.