Biography

Birth date: 06 September 1887
Birth place: Australia: New South Wales, Cowra
Death date: 05 July 1951
Death place: Australia: New South Wales, Newcastle
Final rank: Chaplain 4th Class
Conflict: First World War, 1914-1918
Unit: 5th Australian Infantry Brigade

Keith Stewart Cresswell Single was born on 6 September 1887 at Cowra, New South Wales. Educated at Moore College in theological studies, Single was a clerk in Holy Orders when he joined the Australian Imperial Force as a chaplain on 17 March 1915. He embarked with the 20th Infantry Battalion on board HMAT Berrima in June of 1915. Upon arrival at Gallipoli he was attached to the 5th Brigade and stayed with them without break until November 1916.

During 1917 Single was attached to multiple units, including the 14th Australian Field Ambulance and the 14th Field Artillery Brigade, but the pressures of war were beginning to take their toll. In November 1917 he acknowledged that he was no longer meeting the standard of work of which he felt he was capable. He attributed the lowering of this standard to the strain of service without break, and, feeling he could offer better service back in Australia, he resigned his commission from the AIF. Keith Single was then transferred to Sutton Veny in England to be with the 2nd Training Battalion before he returned home on board SS Port Darwin on 11 January 1918.

Rolls and Awards

First World War Embarkation Roll

  • Rank: Chaplain 4th Class
  • Date of embarkation: 26 June 1915
  • Place of embarkation: Sydney

First World War Embarkation Roll

  • Rank: Captain Chaplain
  • Date of embarkation: 25 June 1915
  • Place of embarkation: Sydney

Photograph

A03620

Group portrait of officers of the 20th Battalion. Left to right, Back row: Lieutenant (Lt) (later Captain ) John Allan Broadbent MC; Captain (Capt) Keith Stewart Cresswell Single, Padre; Lt Leslie Byrne MC (killed in action 18 September 1918); French Interpreter; Capt (later Major) Eric Lloyd...

A03620

Private Record

Single, Keith Stewart Cresswell (Chaplain, b.1887 - d.1951)

Collection relating to the service of Chaplain Keith Stewart Cresswell Single, AIF. Collection consists of a notebook which contains a record of burials on Gallipoli, in Egypt, and in France, between September 1915 and September 1916. Maker: Single, Keith Stewart Cresswell

PR03992 (With records)

Digitised Collection

Notebook for Keith Stewart Cresswell Single, 1915-1916

Notebook relating to the First World War service of Chaplain Keith Stewart Cresswell Single. The note book was written by Keith Single between September 1915 and September 1916 and contains a record of burials in Egypt, at Gallipoli and in France.

RCDIG0000267

Timeline

Date of birth 1887-09-06
Date of embarkation 1915-06-25
Date of embarkation 1915-06-26
Date of death 1951-07-05