Ambrose John CRAWFORD MM


CRAWFORD, Ambrose John

Service Number: 6318
Enlisted: 11 August 1915, Enlisted at Melbourne
Last Rank: Gunner
Last Unit: 4th Field Artillery Brigade
Born: Shepparton, Victoria, Australia, 1886
Home Town: Northcote, Darebin, Victoria
Schooling: Not yet discovered
Occupation: Motor Driver
Died: Killed in action, Belgium, 26 October 1917
Cemetery: Perth Cemetery (China Wall), Ypres
Plot V1, Row F, Grave 13 Headstone inscription reads: In memory of our devoted son & brother deeply mourned
Memorials: Australian War Memorial Roll of Honour
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World War 1 Service

11 Aug 1915: Enlisted AIF WW1, Gunner, SN 6318, Enlisted at Melbourne
18 Nov 1915: Involvement Gunner, SN 6318, 4th Field Artillery Brigade, Third Ypres
18 Nov 1915: Embarked Gunner, SN 6318, 4th Field Artillery Brigade, HMAT Wiltshire, Melbourne
26 Oct 1917: Involvement SN 6318, 4th Field Artillery Brigade, Third Ypres
20 Nov 1917: Honoured Military Medal, Citation reads:- On the 29th September, 1917, in the Bellewarde-Westhoek Valley, the Battery was being heavily shelled by 5.9 and 8" to such an extent that orders were given to temporarily evacuate the position. Immediately after, a 6 mule team of the 2nd Australian D.A.C. was almost directly hit with a shell, severely wounding two of the drivers and killing one. Notwithstanding the heavy shellfire, Gunner Crawford and Gunner Fenton, accompanied by the Battery A.M.C. Orderly, immediately went to the assistance of the wounded, dressed their wounds and carried them to the Dressing Station. The A.M.C. Orderly was killed in doing so. They went back again to see if they could render any assistance to two Pioneers who has also run over with them in the first place, but had been killed by the same shell that killed the A.M.C. Orderly. I consider thay exhibited the highest form of individual courage under such trying circumstances. Source: Commonwealth Gazette No. 31 Date: 7 March 1918

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Biography contributed by Carol Foster

Son of Isaac and Ellen Crawford of 11 Hawthorn Road, Northcote, Victoria; previously of St Georges Street, Northcote

Medals: Military Medal, 1914-15 Star, British War Medal, Victory Medal