Wyllie CROKER

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CROKER, Wyllie

Service Number: 394A
Enlisted: 11 January 1916, West Maitland, New South Wales
Last Rank: Private
Last Unit: 20th Infantry Battalion
Born: Failford, New South Wales, October 1895
Home Town: Nabiac, Great Lakes, New South Wales
Schooling: Failford Public School
Occupation: Carpenter
Died: Killed in Action, Belgium, 20 September 1917
Cemetery: No known grave - "Known Unto God"
Memorials: Australian War Memorial Roll of Honour, Failford Memorial Church CROKER Memorial Window, Menin Gate Memorial (Commonwealth Memorial to the Missing of the Ypres Salient), Nabiac War Memorial
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World War 1 Service

11 Jan 1916: Enlisted AIF WW1, Private, SN 394A, West Maitland, New South Wales
2 May 1916: Embarked AIF WW1, Private, SN 394A, 20th Infantry Battalion, HMAT Honorata, Sydney
2 May 1916: Involvement AIF WW1, Private, SN 394A, 20th Infantry Battalion, Enlistment/Embarkation WW1
20 Sep 1917: Involvement AIF WW1, Private, SN 394A, 20th Infantry Battalion, Menin Road

Wyllie Croker

Wyllie Croker was one of four boys in the Croker family, the others being Harry, Robert and Charles. Wyllie was born in Failford in1895 and attended Failford Public School. His parents were Robert and Sarah Croker. Wyllie was a carpenter and all of Wyllie's family were involved in the timber industry as tree lopers in the Taree, Failford and Nabiac area of New South Wales. Three of the Croker boys served in World War 1. Wyllie,Harry and Robert but sadly both Wyllie and Harry were killed in action on the Western Front. Only Robert was to return to Australia.
Wyllie enlisted on the 11th January 1916 at West Maitland New South Wales and saw war service on the Western Front. Wyllie embarked as part of the AIF ( Australian Imperial Forces) from Sydney on the 2nd May 1916 on the HMAT Honorata.
Wyllie Croker was killed in action in Belgium on the 20th September 1917 and is buried at Menin Gate Ypres Memorial, Ypres, West Flanders, Belgium. Sadly Wyllie has no known grave.
Wyllie is remembered and commemorated at the Australian War Memeorial and the Roll of Honour.

See Harry Croker, Service Number 2010 and Robert Croker, Service Number 2005.

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Biography contributed by Elizabeth Allen

Wyllie CROKER was born in Failford, NSW in 1895

His parents were Robert CROKER & Sarah Jane BASHAM who married in NSW in 1889

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Two of his brothers also served in WW1

1. Harry CROKER (SN2010) Killed in Action on 20th July, 1916

2. Robert CROKER (SN2005) Returned to Australia in 1917