Arthur Henry Crouch
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|Date of Birth||12 Feb 1919|
|Place of Birth||Kelmscott, Western Australia|
|Death||5 Apr 2012, aged 92|
|Place of Death||Mt Hawthorn, Western Australia|
|Age at Enlistment||21 years, 10 months|
|Religion||Church of England|
|Address||c/- Kinsella Bros, Robert street, Osborne Park|
|Next of Kin||Father , Mr. Oliver Crouch|
|Date of Enlistment||2 Dec 1940|
|Unit/Formation||68th Australian DCRE (Works)|
|Post War Details|
|Fate||Remained in Australia|
War Medal 1939-45 |
Australian Service Medal 1939-45
Arthur enlisted in the CMF on 2 Dec 1940, but it was not until late 1941 that he was called up for full time duty. In the meantime he had married Mary Grbelja in Perth. On 30 Oct 1941 Arthur was posted to the 11th Australian Infantry Battalion (City of Perth Regiment) and went into camp at Melville, and it was there on 17 Dec 1941 he was called up for full time duty.
On 26 Dec 1942 following a period of LWOP, Arthur was sent to the Western Command Recruit Reception & General Details Depot for reassignment, which took place on 1 Jan 1943 when he was posted to the 26th Australian Employment Company at Davilak. On 8 Feb 1943 he was transferred to the 7th Workshop & Park Company where after a few days leave he was detached to the section at York. On 16 October he was charged with Neglecting to obey Camp Standing Orders, the previous day for which he was fined 5/- (50 cents, roughly a days pay) On 22 Nov 1943 Arthur was transferred to the 68th Australian DCRE (Works), before moving again to the 12th Workshop & Park Company on 19 Jan 1944.
On 8 Mar 1944 Arthur was transferred to the Western Command Recruit Reception & General Details Depot for discharge the same day on grounds that he was to play an Essential Supply role.
Electoral Roll entries: 1949 - 1954 Collingwood street, Osborne Park, dairy hand; 1958 - 1963 Amelia street, Osborne Park, primary producer; 1972 - 1980 at 21 Windsor road, Wanneroo primary producer.