William Henry Cox MARCROFT

MARCROFT, William Henry Cox

Service Numbers: 14192, NX68860
Enlisted: 18 March 1940
Last Rank: Private
Last Unit: Infantry Training Battalions
Born: Gunnedah, NSW, 5 March 1941
Home Town: Gunnedah, Gunnedah, New South Wales
Schooling: Not yet discovered
Occupation: Not yet discovered
Died: Drowning, Australia, 12 March 1941, aged 0 years
Cemetery: Dubbo General Cemetery, NSW
C of E 2354
Memorials: Australian War Memorial Roll of Honour, Gunnedah Cenotaph, Gunnedah Remembrance Grove
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World War 2 Service

18 Mar 1940: Involvement Royal Australian Air Force, Aircraftman, 14192, No. 1 Initial Training School Somers

World War 1 Service

18 Mar 1940: Enlisted Royal Australian Air Force, Aircraftman, 14192, No. 1 Initial Training School Somers, Sydney, NSW

World War 2 Service

18 Mar 1940: Enlisted 14192
5 Mar 1941: Involvement Private, NX68860, 2nd/8th Infantry Battalion
5 Mar 1941: Enlisted Australian Military Forces (Army WW2), Private, NX68860, Infantry Training Battalions

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Biography contributed by Faithe Jones

Son of Henry and Bertie Ellenor Cox, of Gunnedah.

SOLDIER S DEATH
BODY FOUND IN
RIVER
While loading river gravel from the bank of the Macquarie River at Dubbo at a spot known as the Devil's Hole' early on Saturday morning, a man saw an object floating down the river which resembled a human body. He went to the nearby residence of Mr. Samuels, who notified the police station. A search of the river was started in the vicinity of where the body was seen.
About 10.30 a.m. Mr. Clarrie Friend, who is employed by Mr. A. K. K. Scott, on his property on the western side of the river some distance down from the 'Devil's Hole,' noticed  the body in the water near the bank. He immediately notified the police. The body, clothed in the uniform of a private of the A.I.F., was taken to the morgue, where it was later identified as that of William Henry Cox Marcroft (24), a member of the A.I.F. attached to the Dubbo Military Camp.
Deceased was a native of Gunnedah, where his parents reside. After viewing the body at the morgue, the deputy-coroner (Mr. I. B. MacKenzie) ordered a post-mortem.
Marcroft was buried with full military honours on Sunday afternoon in the Dubbo cemetery.

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