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Keith Crawley

 

Date and Place of Birth: Circa 1918 Hartwell, Melbourne, Victoria, Australia
Date and Place of Death:    July 22, 1942 El Alamein, Egypt
Baseball Experience: Amateur
Position: Unknown
Rank: Sergeant
Military Unit: 2/24th Battalion, 9th Division Australian Infantry
Area Served: North Africa

Keith V. Crawley, son of William and Elsie Crawley, was born at Hartwell in Melbourne, Victoria, Australia in 1918. He was educated at Caulfield Grammar School and played cricket for Burwood, while playing baseball for St. Kilda, the oldest baseball club in Australia, established in 1879.

An associate of the Commonwealth Institute of Accountants, and also of the Australasian Institute of Secretaries, Crawley left employment with the COR office in Melbourne to join the Australian Imperial Force in May 1940. Leaving for overseas in November 1940 as a member of 2/24th Battalion, 9th Division, he served throughout the siege of Tobruk, and acted as platoon commander during his 12 days in the front line at El Alamein, where he was killed in action on July 22, 1942.

Sergeant Crawley is buried at the El Alamaein War Cemetery in Egypt.

Sources:
Melbourne Argus, June 17, 1940
Melbourne Argus, August 18, 1943
Commonwealth War Graves Commission
St. Kilda Baseball Club website

Date Added: June 23, 2013

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