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Born in Rodney, Rochester and a Labourer by occupation, William Croft was 30 years and single when enlisted on the 23rd of August 1914 in the Field Artillery Brigade 1, Battery 1, Australian Imperial Force, with the rank of Farrier Sergeant, Number 41. His Unit embarked from Sydney, New South Wales, on board Transport A8 'Argyllshire' on the 18th of October 1914. Farrier Sergeant on the 23rd of August 1914. Killed in Action on the 6th of December 1916, Somme, France, ANZAC SECTION, 3rd ECHELON G.H.Q. British Expeditionary Force at the age of 32 years. Place of burial Bernafay Wood British Cemetery (Row G, Grave No. 49), Montauban, France. Panel number, Roll of Honour, Australian War Memorial: 11. Tree No. 722