Claude Ernest ACKROYD


ACKROYD, Claude Ernest

Service Number: 323
Enlisted: 18 March 1916, Claremont
Last Rank: Private
Last Unit: 40th Infantry Battalion
Born: Glenlusk, Glenorchy - Tasmania, Australia, 1 January 1896
Home Town: Glenlusk, Glenorchy, Tasmania
Schooling: Not known
Occupation: Farmer
Died: Died of wounds, Belgium, 8 October 1917, aged 21 years
Cemetery: Lijssenthoek Military Cemetery
Plot XXI, Row B, Grave 3
Memorials: Australian War Memorial Roll of Honour
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World War 1 Service

18 Mar 1916: Enlisted AIF WW1, Private, SN 323, 40th Infantry Battalion, Claremont
1 Jul 1916: Involvement AIF WW1, Private, SN 323, 40th Infantry Battalion, Third Ypres
1 Jul 1916: Embarked AIF WW1, Private, SN 323, 40th Infantry Battalion, HMAT Berrima, Hobart
8 Oct 1917: Involvement AIF WW1, Private, SN 323, 40th Infantry Battalion, Third Ypres

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Biography contributed by Elizabeth Allen

Claude Ernest ACKROYD was born on 1st January 1896 in Glenlusk, Tasmania

His parents were John ACKROYD & Margaret PAYNTER

He enlisted on 18th March, 1916 and embarked with the 40th Infantry Battalion on the ship HMAT Berrima from Hobart on 1st July, 1916

He suffered shell shock on 3rd January, 1917 and was gassed on 7th June 1917 & wounded again on 5th October, 1917

Claude died on 8th October, 1917 during the 3rd Battle of Ypres and is buried in Lijssenthoek Military Cemetery - his name is memorialised on the Australian War Memorial and he has a memorial plaque on the family grave 

Medals:  British War Medal & Victory Medal

His brother Frank ACKROYD (SN 7452) served in WW1 in the 12th Infantry Battalion and returned to Australia in 1919


Mercury , Hobart 8th October, 1918 page 1


Died on Active Service

ACKROYD - In loving memory of Private Claude Ernest Ackroyd, died of wounds received on October 8, 1917 aged 21 years

"He sleeps beside his comrades, in hallowed grave unknown

But his name is written in letter of gold, on the hearts of those he left at home

His loving smile and kindly face, are pleasant to recall

He had a kindly word for each, and died beloved by all"

Inserted by his loving Father & Mother, Sisters & Brothers & brother Frank (on active service)


"Somewhere in France hs is lying, he answered Australias call

He died an Australian hero, it's the grandest death of all.

He sleeps not in his native land, but under foreign skies

Far from home and loved ones, in a heroes grave he lies"