Topic: Ernest Frederick Gordon Crisp (1890-1918)

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In 1915 Tauranga Harbour Board labourer Ernest Frederick Gordon Crisp was wounded in action whilst fighting at Gallipoli. His recovery took almost a year, and then he was sent to France where he was killed in action on 2 May 1918. Story by Debbie McCauley.

Ernest Frederick Gordon Crisp was born in Emu Bay, Tasmania, Australia on 1 July 1890. He was the eldest son of Frederick David and Georgina Crisp (nee Ramskill) of Boat Harbour, Tasmania, Australia, who married on 7 April 1890.

It is not yet known when Ernest arrived in New Zealand, but he lived in Tauranga where he worked as a labourer for the Tauranga Harbour Board.

On 25 November 1914 Ernest enlisted to fight in World War I. He served with the Auckland Infantry Regiment, 2nd Battalion (Service No. 12/1184).

Ernest was wounded in action at Gallipoli on 8 May 1915. He was sent to the New Zealand Convalescent Hospital at Hornchurch in England, arriving on 11 January 1916. From the time he was wounded, his recovery took almost a year. By 19 April 1916 he had recovered.

On 3 July 1916 Ernest embarked for France. He managed to get into a little bit of trouble for being absent without leave and losing his helmet, for which he had to refund the cost.

Lance Corporal Ernest Frederick Gordon Crisp was killed in action in France on 2 May 1918, aged 27. He was buried in the Hebuterne Military Cemetery at Pas-de-Calais, France.

Ernest's medals were send to his mother in Tasmania, Australia.

Ernest Frederick Gordon Crisp (1890-1918)



Archives New Zealand: Military Personnel File.

Auckland War Memorial Museum: Cenotaph Record.

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Ernest Frederick Gordon Crisp (1890-1918)

Note:Service Number: 12/1184
First Names:Ernest Frederick Gordon
Last Name:Crisp
Date of Birth:1 July 1890
Place of Birth:Emu Bay, Tasmania
Country of birth:Australia
Date of death:2 May 1918
Place of death:France
Place of burial:Hebuterne Military Cemetery at Pas-de-Calais, France
Fathers name:Frederick David Crisp
Fathers date of birth:8 January 1863
Fathers place of birth:Westbury, Tasmania, Australia
Fathers date of death:22 November 1923
Fathers place of death:Wynyard, Tasmania, Australia
Mothers name:Georgina Ramskill
Mothers date of birth:30 January 1864
Mothers place of birth:Launceston, Tasmania, Australia
Mothers date of death:17 June 1941
Mothers place of death:Launceston, Tasmania, Australia
Military Service:World War I (1914-1918)