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Private JOHN BERNARD CROAK

Service Number: 445312
Regiment & Unit/Ship

Canadian Infantry

13th Bn.

Date of Death

Died 08 August 1918

Age 26 years old

Buried or commemorated at

HANGARD WOOD BRITISH CEMETERY

I. A. 9.

France

  • Country of Service Canadian
  • Awards Victoria Cross
  • Additional Info Son of James and Cecelia Croak, of New Aberdeen, Cape Breton, Nova Scotia. Born at Little Bay, Newfoundland.
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  • Additional Citation note

    An extract from "The London Gazette," No. 30922, dated 24th Sept., 1918, records the following:-"For most conspicuous bravery in attack when having become separated from his section he encountered a machine gun nest, which he bombed and silenced, taking the gun and crew prisoners. Shortly afterwards he was severely wounded, but refused to desist. Having rejoined his platoon, a very strong point, containing several machine guns, was encountered. Private Croak, however, seeing an opportunity, dashed forward alone and was almost immediately followed by the remainder of the platoon in a brilliant charge. He was the first to arrive at the trench line, into which he led his men, capturing three machine guns and bayonetting or capturing the entire garrison. The perseverance and valour of this gallant soldier,who was again severely wounded, and died of his wounds, were an inspiring example to all."

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