Gordon Crocker

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Gordon Crocker served with the AIF during World War One.

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History

Gordon Crocker was born in 1885 in Ballarat, the son of George Crocker, a draper of Ballarat.[1] His mother was Clara Walsh.[2]

Before enlisting Crocker was a 27-year-old accountant from Errard Street, Ballarat. .[3]

Crocker enlisted with the 8th Battalion on 24 August 1914.[3] On 17 September 1914 he was promoted to corporal.[3] On 6 May 1915 he was promoted to sergeant.[3]

He was hit in the head by shrapnel, and died of wounds on board the hospital ship "Somali" at Gaba Tepe on 28 July 1915.[3] After his death, his personal possessions were listed as[3]:

  • Cloth belt and pockets
  • Leather holdall and flask
  • Glasses
  • Pocket book
  • Diary
  • Photos
  • Post cards
  • Letters
  • Cigarette tin
  • Scissors
  • Scarf
  • Inkwell

Crocker was buried in the Beach Cemetery, Gallipoli, Plot 2, Row F, Grave 2.[3]

Gordon's brother Frederick Crocker was also killed during World War One.[4]

Cyril Bryant wrote:

We have lost young Crocker the draper's son, he got killed here in teh trenches ... I do not know how I got through up till now, we have had a hard time of it. I will be glad when it is all over, and I am not the only one ... There is a lot of men getting sick, we have not got many of the old 8th Battalion left - you have no idea what war is like - it is a terrible thing.[5]

Legacy

World War One service recognised on the Ballarat Avenue of Honour.


Tree No. 203 was planted for Gordon Crocker in the Ballarat Avenue of Honour.[6]


Stained glass memorial windows at St Peter's Anglican Church, Ballarat. "TO THE GLORY OF GOD AND IN LOVING MEMORY OF OUR SONS, SERGEANT GORDON CROCKER, KILLED IN ACTON AT GALLIPOLI JULY 28th 1915. SERGEANT EUSTACE CROCKER, KILLED IN ACTION AT BULLECOURT, FRANCE, MAY 3rd 1917. IN THE SERVICE OF KING AND EMPIRE. THESE WINDOWS WERE ERECTED BY THEIR PARENTS GEORGE AND CLARA CROCKER."[7]

See also

8th Battalion

Eustace H. Crocker

Frederick Crocker

World War One

Notes

References

  1. A. M. Taylor. (2006.) Dinkum Oil:Letters Published in the Ballarat Courier During the Great War. Ballarat.
  2. Pioneer Index Victoria 1836-1888, Index to Births, Deaths, and Marriages in Victoria, 1885 Births, Ref. No. 383, Macbeth Genealogical Services, 1998
  3. 3.0 3.1 3.2 3.3 3.4 3.5 3.6 National Archives of Australia, World War I records, B2455, CROCKER G, SERN 83, http://recordsearch.naa.gov.au/SearchNRetrieve/Interface/SearchScreens/BasicSearch.aspx accessed 7 October 2014
  4. http://www.thecourier.com.au/story/2988658/anzac-day-centenary-shrapnel-claimed-young-accountant/, accessed 05/04/2015.
  5. Ron Austin, Cobbers in Khaki, The History of the 8th Battalion 1914-1918, Slouch Hat Publications, McCrae, Victoria, p,94.
  6. http://www.thecourier.com.au/story/2988658/anzac-day-centenary-shrapnel-claimed-young-accountant/, accessed 05/04/2015.
  7. https://www.facebook.com/photo.php?fbid=4656278182925&set=o.511400888975159&type=1&theater, accessed 06 November 2014.

Further Reading

External links

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--Beth Kicinski 11:51, 26 July 2012 (EST); --Clare K.Gervasoni 23:41, 7 November 2014 (EST); --Clare K.Gervasoni 20:07, 5 April 2015 (AEST)

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