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William H Crisfield

Corowa Rowing Club (NSW)

Private William Herbert Crisfield, blacksmith of Corowa, was the eldest son of Mr. John Crisfield, veterinary surgeon and equine dentist. William was well known throughout the Riverina for his sporting prowess in rowing, football, coursing and athletics. He enlisted August 1914 in Corowa, left Melbourne in October 1914, was wounded at the historic landing at Gallipoli on 25 April 1914, (severe gun shot wound to the thigh), taken to Alexandria on 30th April 1915 and died there on 6 May 1915.

In a letter to authorities, a family friend, Fred Carrigg, noted that William was his father’s favourite son and whilst proud that he fell for his country, grieved terribly for him.

Andrew Guerin 2014

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