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Samuel Maurice Crawford was born in Ballarat and was a Plumber by trade when he enlisted in the 8th Battalion, 2nd Reinforcement on 24 October 1914 at the age of 20. His unit embarked from Melbourne, Victoria, on board HMAT A46 Clan Macgillivray on 2 February 1915 1915 and served at Gallipoli with the 8th Battalion before moving on to the Western Front in France. Aside from a couple of short periods of illness he came through the war unscathed until August 9th 1918 when he was wounded in action in the Battle of Amiens. He suffered a shrapnel wound to the neck, which was presumably mild because within two weeks he was back with his unit. He departed England aboard the Burma on December 14th 1918, reaching Melbourne six weeks later on January 29th 1919.
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