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Sergeant David Millar Crowe

Service No.:
4161B
Unit:
1st Pioneer Battalion
Tree No.:
N069
Planted by:
L A Loeper
Image of plaque on tree N069 for David Crowe
See Notes (1)
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David was born at Glengarry, VIC, in 1889 to Alfred William Crowe and Annie Martin.

David was a railway porter at Parwan, VIC(3) when he enlisted in the AIF on the 19th of July 1915, aged 25. He had previously served in the Junior Cadets - at Moe State School - and the Narracan Rifle Club. David embarked aboard the HMAT A64 Demosthenes with the 13th Reinforcements, 8th Battalion, in late December, disembarking in Egypt early in 1916.

In March 1916 he was promoted to Corporal then transferred to the 1st Australian Pioneer Battalion and embarked for France, disembarking at Marseilles in April. A month later he was in hospital for three weeks with mumps. From August to November he held the rank of temporary Sergeant. He was again appointed a temporary Sergeant in January 1917 before finally being promoted to Sergeant in March 1917.

In June 1917 he was on leave in the UK when he was admitted to the 2nd Scottish General Hospital, Edinburgh with enteritis. David was discharged from hospital in late August and resumed his leave before embarking for Australia aboard the HMAT A30 Borda at the end of September. He was discharged from the AIF in May 1918.

David Crowe died in Brighton, VIC, on the 15th of November 1954, aged 65.

He is listed on the Roll of Honour for Bacchus Marsh and District, published in The Bacchus Marsh Express on the 21st of December 1918.

Notes

  1. Service No. re-allotted to 4161B
  2. Pioneer battalions differed from normal infantry in that they would be composed of a mixture of men who were experienced with picks and shovels and some who had skilled trades . A Pioneer battalion would also carry a range of technical stores that infantry would not.
  3. The Bacchus Marsh Express 31 July 1915 says that he was assistant Station Master at Parwan.

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