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Born in Bourke, Kew, Victoria and a Gardener by occupation, William Gordon Crosbie was 24 years and single when enlisted on the 30th of June 1915 in the 6th Battalion, 12th Reinforcement, Australian Imperial Force, with the rank of Private, Number 3718. His Unit embarked from Melbourne, Victoria, on board HMAT A40 'Ceramic' on the 23rd of November 1915. Admitted to the 11th General Hospital, Camiers Gunshot wound back severe on the 27th of July 1916. On the 2nd of August 1916 embarked on H.S. Brighton Calais for England Gunshot Wound back and admitted to Mill Hospital, Cheshire on the 24th of August 1916; rejoined battalion from wounded in Field, France on the 17th of January 1917; admitted to 2nd Auxilliary Hospital – trench Fever on the 9th of June 1917 and discharged from 2nd Auxilliary Hospital to Weymouth – trench Fever on the 12th of June 1917; on the 3rd of May 1917 admitted to grouped Auxilliary Hospital, Exeter- trench feet. On the 22nd of February 1918 admitted to Hospital sick; re-joined battalion from Hospital, France on the 15th of March 1918. Appointed Lance Corporal on the 11th of September 1918. Returned to Australia on the 28th of March 1919 ex 'City of Poona' on the 14th of May 1919 Military Unit and Discharged on the 13th of July 1919. War service: Egypt, Western Front Tree No. 1603