Albert George Crockford
Crockford, Private Albert George no.4297
18th Battalion 10th Reinforcements.
“Florence Villa” Clissold Parade, Campsie.
Office Worker at the NSW Registrar’s Office/Plumber.
Born 1897 at Campsie, son of Arthur Louis & Florence Emily Crockford.
Educated at Canterbury Superior Public School.
Served four years in compulsory training.
Enlisted at Campsie 16/11/1915, aged 19.
Next of kin, mother, Florence Crockford.
Casualty list DT 23/1/1917: Killed in action
Men who fell DT 24/1/1917
Private Albert Crockford, youngest son of Mr Crockford, of Clissold Parade, Campsie, has been killed in action. [Killed with William Leonard, and buried beside him]
Killed in action near Gueudecourt 28/12/1916, aged 19 years 7 months.
Buried in Guards’ Cemetery, Lesboeufs, grave X.A.3. His body was transferred from a smaller cemetery near Flers after the Armistice.
AWM File IDRL428 Letters to the British Red Cross re Australian Servicemen:
Private J. Henderson no.236 A Company 18th Battalion AIF, Perham Downs Camp 23/4/1917:
I saw this man killed instantly by a shell on 27th December 1916 about 100 yards from Needle Trench, Le Transloy Front. He was going into the line carrying rations when he was struck The ground was held 1 buried him next morning 28/12/1916 two miles along from the dressing station at the place called Needle Trench. He was buried with five others. His name and number were placed on a cross at the head o f the grave. He was about 5 *7", fair, 21 years, medium build, came from NSW.
Corporal C.W. Christiansen no.4087 D Company 15th Platoon, No.3 Canadian General Hospital, Boulogne, 4/5/1917:
I knew Crockford who was in my reinforcement. Between Delville Wood and the Sunken Road on the right of Flers on the 28th December 1916, Crockford was hit by a shell which killed five others, as he was going into our front trench. Lance Corporal Wade was one of the others. I came along a few minutes after and saw the dead bodies. It was just dusk. The following day at about 10 am a burial party buried them altogether, and put up one cross. Crockford was in A Company and was a real good fellow.
Private Walter Potter no.4284 18th AIF C Company X Platoon, 3rd Southern General Hospital, RadcliffeBuildings, Oxford. 7/5/1917:
I was in the line when Private A.C. Crockford was killed by a shell with five other men. We were just going into Needle Trench near Ginchy on the night o f December 28th. He was buried just behind Needle Trench and a cross has been put up. Description: 5ft 8ins, young, fair, from Sydney, came over in the same boat as Informant.
Private RG. Ramsay no.4227 18th AIF A Company, Hospital Ship “Grantully Castle” Havre 16/5/1917:
Crockford was in A Company. He came from Sydney; a single man; was in the Lands Department. I was close to him when he was killed by shrapnel while going up the line from Delville Wood to Guillemont at night. He was killed with five others, all by the same shell, and was buried with them close by.
Corporal F. Holt no.4151 18th AIF D Company, Horton Hospital, Epsom, 17/5/1917:
I was close to Crockford when he was killed, when going out into the line. A shell came and killed six and wounded two and Crockford was killed outright. He was blown to pieces. This was at Flers in the evening. Eyewitness: Yes Description: Well-spoken, had been in the Cadets in Sydney 20 or 21 years old.
Information to AWM from Florence Crockford, mother, “Florenceville”, Clissold Parade, Campsie.
InMemoriam SMH 27/12/1917.
Crockford - A loving tribute to the memory of Albert George, dearly beloved son of A.L. and F. Crockford, and brother of Cecil (on active service), Emily, Alice, Muriel, Frank and Florrie, who was killed in action on December 27,1916. Still deeply mourned.
Crockford - In ever loving memory of our dear nephew and cousin, Albert... A brave young life that promised well, At the will o f God our hero fell. One of the best. Inserted by uncle and auntie and cousins, Arthur, Albert, George and Marie Franklin.
In Memoriam SMH28/12/1917.
Crockford - In loving memory of our dear comrade, Private Albert Crockford ... Inserted by his friends, Sergeant Fred Mercier, Trooper France Mercier, AIF, and John Mercier.
Crockford - In loving memory of our school mate ...He died for us. Inserted by Campsie Methodist Sunday School.
Tele/Mirror list 11/11/1993 Killed in Action 28/ 12/1916.
Roll of Honour, Canterbury District Killed in Action
The primary source of the information on this page is copied from the prize winning publication Canterbury's boys : World War I & Sydney's suburban fringe. This book is the culmination of 12 years (1988-2000) research by a team of volunteers from the Canterbury and District Historical Society led by Dr Lesley Muir. Without this team's effort and dedication and the Society's willingness and support, this information would not be available today.
An uneditable version of the book Canterbury's boys : World War I & Sydney's suburban fringe is in the eBook section of this wiki. In the main section, there is an alphabetical list of the 1,911 individuals recorded in the book - the list is titled Canterbury's Boys List. Each name in the list is linked to an editable biographical file created by copying the biography copied from the book. These editable biographies have been created to provide the space for descendants, historians, researchers, etc to add information, photographs, newspaper articles, memories, etc. they have discovered so it is available for this and future generations.
Canterbury's boys : World War I & Sydney's suburban fringe. Edited by Lesley Muir. Campsie, N.S.W. : Canterbury and District Historical Society, 2002