John Nicholas CROWLEY

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CROWLEY, John Nicholas

Service Number: 2917
Enlisted: 16 November 1916, Cootamundra, New South Wales
Last Rank: Private
Last Unit: 34th Infantry Battalion
Born: Wollongong, New South Wales, 1 June 1866
Home Town: West Wyalong, Bland, New South Wales
Schooling: Not yet discovered
Occupation: Journalist
Died: Killed in Action, Belgium, 12 October 1917, aged 51 years
Cemetery: Tyne Cot Cemetery and Memorial
Tyne Cot Cemetery, Passchendaele, Flanders, Belgium
Memorials: Australian War Memorial Roll of Honour, Temora Public School Honour Roll, Temora WW1 War Memorial
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World War 1 Service

16 Nov 1916: Enlisted AIF WW1, Private, SN 2917, 34th Infantry Battalion, Cootamundra, New South Wales
25 Nov 1916: Involvement AIF WW1, Private, SN 2917, 34th Infantry Battalion, Enlistment/Embarkation WW1
25 Nov 1916: Embarked AIF WW1, Private, SN 2917, 34th Infantry Battalion, HMAT Beltana, Sydney
12 Oct 1917: Involvement AIF WW1, Private, SN 2917, 34th Infantry Battalion, 1st Passchendaele

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Biography

John Nicholas CROWLEY was born in 1866 in Wollongong, N.S.W. His parents were Michael CROWLEY and Bridget MURPHY

He enlisted in 1916 stating he was 44 when in fact he was 50 years old, 2917 - 34th Battalion - unit embarked from Sydney on board HMAT Beltana Nov. 1916. He was Killed in Action on 12th October, 1917 in Passchendale, Belgium aged 52, and is buried in Tyne Cot Cemetery Passchendale & also commemorated at West Wyalong Cemetery in NSW.

His son 2626 Pte. Reginald Baden CROWLEY (/explore/people/353106) was also killed in action in France on 04 Apr 1918

"...2917 Private John Nicholas Crowley, 34th Battalion of West Wyalong, NSW. Pte Crowley was a journalist and editor of the Wyalong Star newspaper, as well as having been a Justice of the Peace, Coroner of Wyalong District, and rifle shooting champion of the Southern District of New South Wales. He enlisted on 16 November 1916, and embarked from Sydney on HMAT Beltana on 25 November 1916 with the 6th Reinforcements. He was killed in action on 12 October 1917 when he was hit by a shell on Passchendaele Ridge. He was 52 years old; he had under-stated his age on enlistment." - SOURCE (www.awm.gov.au)

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