Friday, 28 August 2015

Sergeant Gordon Crocker

More sad news from the 100 year old Courier this week.  We introduced Gordon Crocker late last year.  He was a Corporal then, but has since been promoted to Sergeant: in May 1915.  He was at the Gallipoli landings with the 8th Battalion.  By July the 8th Battalion were holding Steele's Post, a key position on the Second Ridge.    They were subject to Turkish shelling and sniper fire.

Ballarat Courier, August 28 1915, p.4

Some of Sergeant Crocker's friends wrote to a friend in Ballarat and the Courier published those letters on Wednesday, 8th September.

Ballarat Courier, September 8 1915 p. 2

Another Crocker son, Eustace, was killed in action at Bullecourt in 1917.  In later years the Crocker family placed three stained glass windows in the north end of the nave of St Peters Anglican church, Sturt St, in memory of their sons and brothers who did not return from the Great War

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