CRELLIN, William Wauchope

  1. Service Details
  2. Personal Details
  3. Unit and Rank Details
  4. Notes
  5. Sources

Service Details

Branch of Service
World War I
Date of Enlistment
Date of Discharge
Place of Enlistment
Royal Military College, Duntroon ACT

Personal Details

Date of Birth
Place of Birth
Malvern, Victoria
Address (at enlistment)
Royal Military College, Duntroon ACT
Next of Kin
William Crellin (father), East Camberwell, Victoria

Unit and Rank Details

Final Rank
Final Unit
14 Battalion AIF


Crellin entered the Royal Military College, Duntroon in February 1915 and graduated at the end of 1917 when he was commissioned as a Lieutenant in a Special Draft of RMC graduates which arrived in England in April 1918. He joined the 14th Battalion in July 1918 and finished the war on detachment to the 4th Division Compound. In March 1919 he was charged with allowing three prisoners to escape from the compound but he was found not guilty at the subsequent court martial. Crellin enlisted in World War 2 at Duntroon and was commanding officer of the 2/43 Battalion when it arrived in the Middle East in 1941. He led his battalion during the siege of Tobruk, between its beginning in April 1941 and its evacuation in October 1941, until relinquishing command at the end of the year. He also served in New Guinea.  Crellin died on 23 September 1968 and is buried at Mount Gravatt Cemetery in Brisbane, Queensland.

Description - height 5 feet 7.75 inches, weight 147 pounds, chest 39 inches, Presbyterian.


Colonel J.E. Lee, 'Duntroon: The Royal Military College of Australia 1911-1946', 1952
NAA RecordSearch - Series B2455 (First Australian Imperial Force Personnel Dossiers, 1914-1920)
WWII Nominal Roll
AWM (viewed 22 October 2014)
AWM Collections Record: 020708, C05028

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Lt Col. William Crellin (third from left) at Tobruk, September 1941. AWM image 020708.

Lt Col. William Crellin (third from left) at Tobruk, September 1941. AWM image 020708.

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