Frank Samuel CROWHURST


CROWHURST, Frank Samuel

Service Number: 186
Enlisted: 20 August 1914, Morphettville, South Australia
Last Rank: Private
Last Unit: 10th Infantry Battalion
Born: Stepney, South Australia, 27 April 1888
Home Town: Stepney, Norwood Payneham St Peters, South Australia
Schooling: Norwood Model School, South Australia
Occupation: Salesman
Died: Killed in action, Gallipoli, 25 April 1915, aged 26 years
Cemetery: No known grave - "Known Unto God"
Commemorated on the Lone Pine Memorial
Memorials: Adelaide National War Memorial, Adelaide Rowing Club WW1 Pictorial Honour Board, Australian War Memorial Roll of Honour, Lone Pine Memorial to the Missing, St Peters Heroes War Memorial
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World War 1 Service

20 Aug 1914: Enlisted AIF WW1, Private, SN 186, 10th Infantry Battalion, Morphettville, South Australia
20 Oct 1914: Involvement AIF WW1, Private, SN 186, 10th Infantry Battalion, Enlistment/Embarkation WW1
20 Oct 1914: Embarked AIF WW1, Private, SN 186, 10th Infantry Battalion,

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25 Apr 1915: Involvement AIF WW1, Private, SN 186, 10th Infantry Battalion, 'ANZAC' / Gallipoli

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Son of Charles James and Emma Crowhurst of Stepney in South Australia. 

186 Private (Pte) Frank Samuel Crowhurst, 10th Battalion was a 26 year old salesman from Stepney, South Australia, when he enlisted on 20 August 1914 at Morphetville Racecourse camp south of Adelaide.

He was assigned to A Company of the 10th Battalion 

Frank embarked with his mates on board HMAT Ascanius (A11), departing Outer Harbour, Port Adelaide on he 10th October 1914 to joing the great convoy assembling in WA.

The Battalion underwent further training at Mena Camp near Cairo in Egypt before re-embarking on the Ionian for the island of Lemnos. 

From there the Battalion then landed at Gallipoli on 25 April 1915. 

"According to the First World War Embarkation Roll, Private Frank Samuel CROWHURST boarded HMAT Ascanius (A11) at port Adelaide on the 20th October, 1914.  His service record indicates that he was initially allocated to ‘F’ Company.  However, later correspondence indicates that he was serving with ‘A’ Company at the time of the Gallipoli landings.  It is not known if Frank was with the party commanded by Loutit at any time during the 25th April, 1915 and further research may reveal his route upon reaching shore.

He was listed initially as wounded in action and much to the distress of his mother, was eventually listed as missing and then killed in action on 25 April 1915.  Interestingly, page 74 of his service record detail an account of a comrade who landed with Frank.  By this description, it is possible that Frank Samuel CROWHURST made it to the ‘Third Ridge’ and fell back upon the firing line (Second Ridge) as a result of the Turkish counter attack.  The witness claims that Frank “stopped a shrapnel ball” which pierced his side and entered his stomach.  The witness claims to have administered a field dressing and after clasping Frank’s hand, then advanced and left his friend to be retrieved by the stretcher bearers.  It is possible that this witness is a soldier by the name of SOWDEN." "Medals Gone Missing" (

Like many others he has no known grave so he is honoured on the Lone Pine Memorial.

Based on original material courtesy of the Adelaide Rowing Club and information obtained from the "Medals Gone Missing" site.