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Town Hall, 333 Bay Street, Port Melbourne
Town Hall, 333 Bay Street, Port Melbourne

Crockford, Edward Clifford Howson (Lieutenant)

Place of Birth: Port Melbourne, VIC

Age: 23 years 11 months

Enlistment Details: Monday, 10 May 1915 – Melbourne, VIC

Service Number: Lieutenant            view online service record

183 Beaconsfield Parade
Albert Park, VIC

Next of Kin:
Edward Charles Crockford (father)
183 Beaconsfield Parade
Albert Park, VIC

Embarkation Details:
Date: Tuesday, 1 August 1916
Ship: HMAT Orsova A67
Port: Melbourne, VIC
Unit: 58th Infantry Battalion – 4th Reinforcements

DOW: Sunday, 11 August 1918
Place: 61st Casualty Clearing Station, France

Edward’s father, E C Crockford, was Town Clerk at Port Melbourne and later at South Melbourne.

Lieutenant, 58 Infantry, died of wounds, 11 August, 1918, France, aged 27, commemorated Vignacourt British Cemetery, France.

Parents: Edward Charles and Mrs Elizabeth “Lizzie” Ada CROCKFORD, born Port Melbourne, educated Albert Park Grammar School, Stott’s Business College. Enlisted as a 24 year-old accountant from 183 Beaconsfield Parade, South Melbourne.

“The Prince and Mr Crockford”. “In front of the town hall on Friday morning of last week the Prince saw in one of the lapels of the coat of Mr E C Crockford (the town clerk) a badge of the Soldiers’ Fathers’ Association. ‘Your son, sir, is a soldier?’, said His Royal Highness. Mr Crockford mentioned in subsequent conversation that his son had been killed in action. ‘I am very sorry, sir,’ said the Prince with considerable feeling. It is these thoughtful asides and the many evidences of a kindly feeling that is increasing the popularity of the young Prince”.

1920 ‘The Prince and Mr. Crockford.’, Record (Emerald Hill, Vic. : 1881 – 1954), 5 June, p. 3. , viewed 09 Jun 2016,

Additional research by Brian Membrey


1918 ‘CRICKETERS MOURN DEATH OF TWO STERLING COMPANIONS.’, Port Melbourne Standard (Vic. : 1914 – 1920), 14 September, p. 3. , viewed 03 Sep 2018,

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