Creswell, Randolph William (Captain, b.? - d.1917)

Accession Number 1DRL/0225
Collection type Private Record
Record type Collection
Measurement 1 wallet: 1 cm.
Object type Letter
Maker Creswell, Randolph William
Place made Ottoman Empire: Palestine
Date made 1916-1917
Access Open
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Conflict First World War, 1914-1918

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Collection relating to service of Captain Randolph William Creswell, 3 ANZAC Camel Battalion, Egypt and Palestine, 1916-1917. Collection includes a letter (and a transcribed copy) written to his father, Vice Admiral William Rooke Creswell, and a copy of a letter to the Australian Comforts Fund.

History / Summary

Biographical note: Served in the 3rd Anzac Camel Battalion, AIF. Killed in action 6 November 1917 at Tel el Khuweifle, Palestine. Mining engineer of Melbourne, born Largs Bay, SA 13 March 1890; educated at St Peters College, Adelaide; Brisbane Grammar School; Melbourne Grammar School and Melbourne University. Appointed Second Lieutenant in AIF 6 July 1915 and posted to 29 Battalion, transferred to Camel Corps, 24 January 1916; promoted Lieutenant 20 February 1916; temporary Captain and to command no 11 Company, Imperial Camel Corps 1 July 1916; to 3 ANZAC Camel Battalion, 1 November 1916, promoted Captain, November 1916. Passed first in Topographical School, Cairo. Son of Sir William Rooke Creswell, First Naval Member of the Royal Australian Navy. His twin brother Lieutenant Edmund Lindsay Gordon Creswell was wounded at Bullecourt, but survived. Another brother Lieutenant Colin Fraser Creswell RN was killed in submarine E. 47.