Saturday, December 3, 2016

William Hilton Croft

Serial Number and Rank:  4512A, Private – Dvr
Birth : 24 Dec 1887 Milton 1888/35669
Bap:  5 Feb 1888 St Peters & St Paul CE Milton
Parents:  Ernesst Croft and Alice Gardiner
Enlisted:  Kiama 13 November 1916
Next of Kin:  F. Ernest Croft of Milton
Milton War MemorialService:  30th Battalion, 12th Reinforcement and  3rd Motor Transport Company.  RTA 13 July 1919
Death: 1 June 1952 Milton. Burial:  M/A1/30 Sandridge Cemetery Mollymook
Marriage:  Agnes Knapp Daughter of Stephen Knapp and Hannah Merchant of Ulladulla
Honour Rolls:  Milton Church of England
RSL Honour Roll
Milton Town Memorial
Milton Primary School
1922: Motor Driver Murramarang St Milton

William Hilton Croft was one of many local WW1 servicemen. He was born at Milton in December 1887, the son of Ernest Croft and his wife Alice nee Gardiner.

He enlisted for war service at Kiama in early November 1916, at the age of nearly 30 years.  he left for overseas duty with the 12th Reinforcement of the 30th Battalion from Sydney aboard HMAT Beltana A72 in late November 1916.

William fought with the 30th Battalion on the front in France from May 1917 to March 1918 when he was transferred to the 3rd Motor Transport Company and served with this unit in both France and England.

On his return home to Milton in September  1919 he worked as a Motor Driver and married Agnes Knapp, daughter of Stephen Knapp and his wife Hannah nee Merchant of Ulladulla.

One will find William’s name on many the local honour rolls including the Milton Church of England, Milton Ulladulla RSL Honour Roll, Milton Town Memorial and the Milton Primary School board. William was awarded the British War and Victory medal.

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