Norman Henry Crank
† Crank, Corporal Norman Henry no.819
Heal Cafe, Beamish Street Campsie.
Born at Manchester, England, son of Arthur William & Clara Jane Crank.
Educated at Public School, Manchester.
Served for three years with the Territorial Forces in England.
Lived in Exeter and Moss Vale.
Came to Australia aged 21 years.
Enlisted at Exeter 12/2/1915.
Casualty list SMH 22/1/1918: Killed in Action 3/5/1917 (previously reported missing)
Killed in action 3/5/1917, south of Riencourt, aged 25.
Buried in Queant Road Cemetery, Buissy, grave IV.E.6. His body was probably moved from Noreuil British Cemetery after the Armistice.
Information from Arthur W. Crank, Heal Cafe, Beamish Street, Campsie.
Brother, Ronald Crank, 53rd Battalion, won the DCM.
AWMIDRL428: Letters to the Red Cross re Australian servicemen:
Sergeant W. Pisdall no.993 19th Battalion, Australian Camp, Rouelles:
They both were in C Company. Banks was in the 11th Platoon and Crank was a Corporal in the 9th Platoon. I saw them both in the German front line at Beaucourt on the morning of 3/5/1917 about 4.30 breaking day. I was told by a Sergeant whose name I do not remember, that Cranks was wounded We lost the ground and our dead and wounded were left behind.
National Archives record available at: http://recordsearch.naa.gov.au/NameSearch/Interface/ItemsListing.aspx [accessed 18/11/2016].
The primary source of the information on this page is copied from the prize winning publication Canterbury's boys : World War I & Sydney's suburban fringe. This book is the culmination of 12 years (1988-2000) research by a team of volunteers from the Canterbury and District Historical Society led by Dr Lesley Muir. Without this team's effort and dedication and the Society's willingness and support, this information would not be available today.
An uneditable version of the book Canterbury's boys : World War I & Sydney's suburban fringe is in the eBook section of this wiki. In the main section, there is an alphabetical list of the 1,911 individuals recorded in the book - the list is titled Canterbury's Boys List. Each name in the list is linked to an editable biographical file created by copying the biography copied from the book. These editable biographies have been created to provide the space for descendants, historians, researchers, etc to add information, photographs, newspaper articles, memories, etc. they have discovered so it is available for this and future generations.
Canterbury's boys : World War I & Sydney's suburban fringe. Edited by Lesley Muir. Campsie, N.S.W. : Canterbury and District Historical Society, 2002