Raymond Creswell Joseph VEITCH

VEITCH, Raymond Creswell Joseph

Service Number: 5655
Enlisted: 16 March 1916, Sydney, New South Wales
Last Rank: Private
Last Unit: 17th Infantry Battalion
Born: Parramatta, New South Wales, 22 November 1896
Home Town: Manly, Manly Vale, New South Wales
Schooling: Unknown
Occupation: Plumber's labourer
Died: Illness, Parramatta, New South Wales, 24 May 1955, aged 58 years
Cemetery: Rookwood Cemetery & Crematorium
Ashes placed in Family Plot
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World War 1 Service

16 Mar 1916: Enlisted AIF WW1, Private, SN 5655, Sydney, New South Wales
9 Sep 1916: Involvement AIF WW1, Private, SN 5655, 17th Infantry Battalion, Enlistment/Embarkation WW1
9 Sep 1916: Embarked AIF WW1, Private, SN 5655, 17th Infantry Battalion, HMAT Euripides, Sydney
20 Sep 1917: Wounded AIF WW1, Private, SN 5655, 17th Infantry Battalion, Menin Road
31 Aug 1918: Wounded AIF WW1, Private, SN 5655, 17th Infantry Battalion, Mont St Quentin / Peronne, 2nd occasion - Gassed - admitted to Lord Derby Hospital, Warrington, England 4/9/18
13 Jun 1919: Discharged AIF WW1, Private, SN 5655, 17th Infantry Battalion, Discharged in Sydney

Grandson -John Veitch

I am Raymonds grandson, my dad Creswell Veitch was his son- Creswell had 3 sons, Mark, Brett(deceased) and my self John, i have one son Steven Veitch.
Brett's daughter Marrissa Veitch(Richardson) is currently in the Military

Parents details

Raymond Cresswell Joseph VEITCH was born in 1896 in Parramatta
His father was Joseph VEITCH and his mother was Florence Matilda BELLAMY

Later he worked with the PMG (Post Master General) as a linesman

His twin grandsons Stephen & Robert LIDDICOAT also served in 17th Battalion B Company with their father Edward Leo LIDDICOAT from 1965

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Biography contributed by Elizabeth Allen

Raymond Creswell Joseph VEITCH was born on 22nd November, 1896 in Parramatta

His parents were Joseph VEITCH and Florence Matilda BELLAMY

He enlisted for WW1 on  16th March, 1916 at the Royal Agricultural Showgrounds in Sydney and embarked with the 17th Battalion, 15th Reinforcements on 9th September, 1916 on the ship HMAT Euripides

He was wounded in action several times & admitted to hospital with gas poisoning (see History file for dates)

Raymond returned to Australia on 9th February, 1919 on the ship Ascanius and arrived on 26th March, 1919 - he was discharged on 13th June, 1919 in Sydney

He was awarded the British War Medal & the Victory Medal.


Raymond & his partner Florence May MILLER (born 1896 Everton, Lancashire, England) had 5 children - after Florence died in 1950 in Manly he married Laura May LEE in 1951  

After Raymond died in 1955 Laura remarried in 1960 to Cornelis VAN WALSUM - he was born in 1891 in Charlois, Rotterdam, Holland and died in 1963 - Laura died in 1981

Raymond was cremated at Rookwood Crematorium in Sydney and his ashes placed in a family plot