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metadata.territoryanzacs.dc.title: Alexander Crerar
Also known as: Crerar, Alexander
Rank: Private
Service Number: 2971
Place of Birth: Crieff (Scotland)
Next of Kin: Peter Crerar – Brother ; Crieff, Perthshire, Scotland He changed his next of kin to his wife in his service record after marriage.
Biographical notes: Listed in the 1881 Scotland Census as aged 16 and a mason’s apprentice making his wedding age correct, but his enlistment age incorrect. Possibly joined up to leave behind debt. He certainly had debts of five shillings and sixpence served against him by the Local Court of Insolvency in Darwin on July 13 1916 and an amount in excess of thirty five shillings in June 1915. However, he had also been instructed to parade for the purpose of being sworn in on 6 October 1915. Married Isabella Morris Kemp at age 53 in Perth, Scotland on 30 August 1917, listing his profession as gold-miner. He changed his next of kin to his wife in his service record. In October 1925, he was appointed by the Administrator to fill a vacancy on the Darwin Town Council. He was nominated again for the June 1927 Darwin Town Council election. Listed on the Australian Electoral Roll in Batchelor, Northern Territory 1934. They grew peanuts and potatoes at Pine Creek, until they were evacuated in 1942. Alexander died in 1943 in Granville (NSW) Death Certificate No. 2462. Listed on Death Certificate as Creran. His wife Isabella died in 1945. Crerar Road Berrimah is named after him. He was a committee member of the Darwin RSL.
Occupation: Stonemason
Date of Enlistment: 5-Jun-1916
Age at Enlistment: 45
Place of Enlistment: Port Darwin
Unit: 4th Pioneer Battalion, 17th Field Ambulance Australian Army Medical Corps
Service: Australian Imperial Force
Date of Death: 1943
Place of Death: Granville (N.S.W.)
Service History: Crerar was in the Fourth Contingent October 1915. His age at enlistment questionable. Unit embarked from Brisbane, on board HMAT A36 'Boonah' on 21 October 1916. Transferred to 17th Field Ambulance 25 June 1917 and then to Australian Army Medical Corps Details. Returned to Australia with his Scottish born wife whom he married whilst on active service on HT 'Konigin Luise' 9 February 1920 and was discharged in Brisbane on 25 March 1920 and returned to Darwin in August 1920. Was not eligible for a Victory Medal as he did not serve in a “theatre of war.” He returned to Darwin on advice that he would be looked after and found work, but he and his wife were left stranded by the Repatriation Department.
Related link: "Appointed to Town Council", Northern Territory Times and Gazette, 30 October 1925: p.4.
Darwin Returned Servicemens' League (RSL) : A Concise History of its Conception and Development by Clive Francis (Frank) Geddes. Darwin : Clive Francis Geddes, 2011: p.15, 40.
Embarkation Record
"Election of Town Councillors", Northern Territory Times and Gazette, 24 June 1927: p.7.
Service Record
Nominal Roll
"Letter", to Northern Territory Times and Gazette, 19 January 1918: p.17.
NT Place Names Committee : Crerar Road
"Insolvency Notice", Northern Territory Times and Gazette, 13 July 1916: p.9.
metadata.territoryanzacs.dc.subject.*: ANZAC
World War, 1914-1918 -- Northern Territory
Australia. Army. Australian and New Zealand Army Corps -- History
Appears in Collections:Returned ANZACs

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