Pte
James Wilfred Crichton

Informations sur naissance

Date de naissance:
16/03/1886
Lieu de naissance:
Richmond, Christchurch, New Zealand

Informations générales

Profession:
Accountant

Informations service militaire

Pays:
New Zealand
Force armée:
New Zealand Expeditionary Force
Rang:
Private
Numéro de service:
53904
Incorporation date:
26/02/1917
Incorporation nom de lieu:
Richmond, Christchurch, New Zealand
Unités:
 —  Canterbury Regiment, 1st Bn.  (Dernière unité connue)

Informations sur décès

Date de décès:
26/12/1917
Lieu de décès:
Bois du Polygone, Zonnebeke, Belgique
Cause du décès:
Killed in action (K.I.A.)
Âge:
31

Cimetière

Buttes New British Cemetery, Polygon Wood
Parcelle: XIII
Rangée: C
Tombe: 2

Distinctions et médailles 2

British War Medal
Médaille
Victory Medal
Médaille

Points d'intérêt 3

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Mon histoire

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.

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Capt. Ferguson, D., "The History of the Canterbury Regiment N.Z.E.F. 1914-1919", Whitcombe and Tombs Limited, 1921, 220-222 & 300.
Sources utilisées
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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