Nigel Croudson

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Nigel Croudson
Personal Information
Date of Birth 31 Aug 1927
Place of Birth Subiaco, Western Australia
Age at Enlistment 17 years 5 months
Description 5'3½" (1.62m) tall ; ; fresh complexion ; blue eyes ; brown hair
Occupation Bible student
Religion Church of England
Address Railway avenue, Kelmscott, Western Australia
Next of Kin Father , Mr Frank Croudson
Military Information
Reg Number 33960
Date of Enlistment 17 Apr 1945
Rank Able Seaman
Ships Served On
Ship Name HMAS Glenelg
Tour Dates 8 Dec 1945 ‒ 14 Jan 1946
Ship Name HMAS Murchison
Tour Dates 12 Feb 1946 ‒ 18 Aug 1946
Ship Name HMAS Ararat
Tour Dates 21 Oct 1946 ‒ 18 Mar 1947
Ship Name HMAS LST 3008
Tour Dates 18 Mar 1947 ‒ 1 Nov 1947
Ship Name HMAS Lae
Tour Dates 1 Nov 1947 ‒ Mar 1948
Post War Details
Fate Remained in Australia
Medals Australian Service Medal 1939-45
Australian Service Medal 1945-75

War Service

Enlisted in the RANR from 17 Apr 1945 until 10 Mar 1946 when he was transferred to the RAN. Following training at HMAS Cerberus he was posted to HMAS Torrens in South Australia on 23 Sep 1945 having been rated as an Ordinary Seaman on 31 Aug 1945. There he was rated as an Able Seaman on 31 Aug 1946. He spent a period beginning on 8 Dec 1945 as a temporary crew member on HMAS Glenelg. His records are not clear as to when this posting finished, but HMAS Glenelg was paid off into reserve at Fremantle on 14 Jan 1946.

Nigel was posted to HMAS Murchison on 12 Feb 1946 as she left for Japan for duty with the occupation forces, remaining with her until May 1946 when she returned to Australia. Nigel's time on HMAS Murchison finished on 8 Aug 1946. On 21 Oct 1946 Nigel's records have him joining the crew of LST 3501 (later named HMAS Labuan), but also HMAS Ararat. The second entry is the more likely, with him remaining in her crew until 18 Mar 1947. In the postwar period she had spent most of her time on mine clearance operations in Australian and waters around New Britain, New Ireland and the Solomon Islands.

On 18 Mar 1947 Nigel was posted to HMAS LST 3008, and then on 1 Nov 1947 to LST 3035 HMAS Lae. He was discharged on 5 Apr 1948.

Post War

Electoral Roll entries: 1949 Railway avenue, Kelmscott, safe-working porter; 1958 Shannon River, mill hand with Thelma Gladys; 1968 Camp Plain Hillston, NSW, sharefarmer ; 1972 at 1148 Erskine road, Griffiths, NSW, sharefarmer; 1977 - 1980 at 953 Merrigal street, Griffiths, sharefarmer.


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