William Thomas Croft

First Name: 
William
Middle Name: 
Thomas
Last Name: 
Croft
Date of Birth: 
Sunday, May 11, 1890
Mother's Name: 
Maud Croft (nee Gibson)
Father's Name: 
John Croft
Date Enlisted: 
Tuesday, June 5, 1917
Rank at Enlistment: 
Private
Rank at Discharge: 
Lance Corporal
Unit: 
35th Battalion
Service: 
Infantry
Awards: 
British War Medal
Victory Medal
Date of Death: 
Thursday, August 22, 1918
Place of Death: 
France
Cause of Death: 
Killed in action
Details: 

William Croft (Service No 3733) was born in Wollongong, N.S.W. 

William enlisted at the age of 27, when he was single and employed as a salesman.  He had served previously in the CMF.

William embarked from Sydney on board HMAT A28 Miltiades with 10th Reinforcements on 2nd August 1917 and the troops arrived in England on 2nd October 1917.

William finally arrived in France and joined 35th Battalion there on 19th February 1918.  He was admitted to hospital sick with trench fever on 2nd May 1918 and returned to his unit on 25th May.

On 14th July 1918 William was promoted to Lance Corporal.  He served on the Western Front until he was killed during fighting on 22nd August.

William is buried in Bray Military Cemetery, France: Plot II, Row I, Grave 16.

Sources: 
NAA: B2455, CROFT W T

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