Benjamin Clifford Crouch
Name: Benjamin Clifford Crouch
Preferred Name: Cliff
Service Number: 2791
Unit Served: 43rd Battalion
Personal Details: Benjamin was born on 24th September 1893, sixth child of Joseph and Lucy Crouch, Inglewood.
Benjamin lived at the bottom of Prairie Road, Cudlee Creek with his parents, 7 sisters and 2 brothers. Brown eyed with light brown hair, 5 foot 8 inches high, weighing 146 lbs, Benjamin was a farmhand.
On 13/9/1916 in Adelaide he was considered fit for active service. Benjamin joined the Australian Infantry on 27/9/1916 and sailed for England on the Berrima on 16/12/1916.
He marched in from Australia, in England on 19/2/1917 and then onto the 11th Battalion and 2nd Battalion in England on 5/3/1917. On 2/7/1917 Benjamin proceeded overseas to Folkestone, France, marching out to Etaples 16/7/1917.
For days Benjamin’s Battalion keenly practised the attack planned for 31st July, including jumping from replica trenches and marching in gas respirators. The aim of the operation was to deceive the enemy in to thinking that there was an attack on Limme when actually the aim was to establish a series of strong points. One of 585 soldiers, Benjamin pushed through the dark, knee deep in mud, facing artillery fire. The objective was achieved at the highest cost, 39 lives lost, one of them being Benjamin.
Age at Death: 24
Memorial Details: Ypres (Menin Gate). Honour Roll Cudlee Creek Soldiers Memorial Hall
Burial Site: Not known, your family wonders were you lie, you are in their thoughts.