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James Wilfred Crichton

Informationen zu Geburt

Geburtsdatum:
16/03/1886
Geburtsort:
Richmond, Christchurch, New Zealand

Allgemeine Informationen

Beruf:
Accountant

Informationen zum Armeedienst

Land:
New Zealand
Truppe:
New Zealand Expeditionary Force
Rang:
Private
Dienstnummer:
53904
Einberufung datum:
26/02/1917
Einberufung ort:
Richmond, Christchurch, New Zealand
Einheiten:
 —  Canterbury Regiment, 1st Bn.  (Letzte bekannte Einheit)

Informationen zu Tod

Sterbedatum:
26/12/1917
Sterbeort:
Polygon Wood, Zonnebeke, Belgien
Todesursache:
Im Kampf gefallen
Alter:
31

Begräbnisplatz

Buttes New British Cemetery, Polygon Wood
Grabstelle: XIII
Reihe: C
Grab: 2

Auszeichnungen und Orden 2

British War Medal
Medaille
Victory Medal
Medaille

Punkte von Interesse 3

#1 Geburtsort
#2 Einberufung ort
#3 "Todesort"

Meine Geschichte

Private James Wilfred Crichton was born on March 16th 1886 in Christchurch, New Zealand. He was the son of William Stuart and Mary Crichton and worked as an accountant before his enlistment in the army. When he enlisted he joined the 1st Battalion of the Canterbury Regiment, New Zealand Division.
After the Third Battle of Ypres, the New Zealand Division was stationed in the line in and around the Polygon Wood area. In the beginning of December, an attempt was made to capture the Polderhoek Chateau to improve their positions and take the high points of the area from the enemy. They made some small gains, but suffered very heavy casualties. They were able (during the attack) to move the line slightly forward and to avoid further losses it was decided that they would hold and consolidate that new front line.
On the night of 22nd/23rd December the 1st Bn. Canterbury Regiment relieved the 3rd Bn. Canterbury Regiment, where they were in close support to the frontline. Private Crichton was killed in action on the 26th December while holding the line. He was originally buried between Nonnebosschen and Polygon Wood (J.9.c.50.50.). After the war he was reburied at Buttes New British Cemetery.

Dateien 1

Quellen 7

Capt. Ferguson, D., "The History of the Canterbury Regiment N.Z.E.F. 1914-1919", Whitcombe and Tombs Limited, 1921, 220-222 & 300.
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Cenotaph
https://www.aucklandmuseum.com/war-memorial/online-cenotaph/record/C3413?n=53904&w=World%20War%20I%2C%201914-1918&ordinal=0&from=%2Fwar-memorial%2Fonline-cenotaph%2Fsearch
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CWGC
https://www.cwgc.org/find-war-dead/casualty/480173/creaser,-/
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Discovering Anzacs
https://discoveringanzacs.naa.gov.au/Search/General?query=crichton+53904
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Military Personnel File
https://ndhadeliver.natlib.govt.nz/delivery/DeliveryManagerServlet?dps_pid=IE13402527
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N.Z.E.F.-Project
https://nzef.adfa.edu.au/showPerson?pid=57290
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The Long, Long Trail
http://www.longlongtrail.co.uk/army/
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