Biography

Birth date: 1892
Birth place: Australia: Victoria, Numurkah
Death date: 04 August 1916
Death place: Egypt: Frontier, Romani
Final rank: Trooper
Service number: 930 - First World War, 1914-1918
Unit: 6th Australian Light Horse Regiment

Richard Walters Crozier was born at Numurkah, Victoria. At the outbreak of the First World War he was living and working in Culcairn, New South Wales as a farmer. Crozier enlisted in the Australian Imperial Force on 16 January 1915. He was aged 23 at the time and had no prior military experience. He departed Newcastle aboard HMAT Bakara on 22 May 1915. Crozier was assigned to the 6th Australian Light Horse and remained with this unit throughout his service. His younger brother, Private Sydney George Crozier, also served with this unit in the Middle East.

He arrived at Gallipoli on 2 October 1915. He received a minor shrapnel wound to the neck on 25 November 1915 and was sent to Malta to receive medical attention. Crozier re-joined his unit at Maadi, Egypt on 8 February 1916. Richard Crozier was killed in action on 4 August 1916 during the battle of Romani, the last Ottoman offensive against the Suez Canal, and is buried at Kantara War Memorial Cemetery, Egypt.

Rolls and Awards

Roll of Honour

  • Rank: Trooper
  • Date of Death: 04 August 1916
  • Unit: 6th Australian Light Horse Regiment

First World War Embarkation Roll

  • Rank: Private
  • Date of embarkation: 22 May 1915
  • Place of embarkation: Newcastle

Photograph

H06737

PORTRAIT OF 930 TROOPER R. W. CROZIER, 6TH AUSTRALIAN LIGHT HORSE REGIMENT, KILLED IN ACTION 1916-08-04 AT THE BATTLE OF ROMANI.

H06737

Private Record

Crozier, Richard Walter (Trooper, b.1892 - d.1916)

Collection relating to the First World War service of 930 Trooper Richard Crosier, 6th Light Horse Regiment. Collection consists of papers including a page from a letter written to his brother describing his hospitalization in December 1915 and two in memoriam cards commemorating his death at... Maker: Crozier, Richard Walters

PR83/084 (With records)

Heraldry

1914-15 Star : Private R W Crozier, 6 Light Horse Regiment, AIF

1914-15 Star. Impressed reverse with recipient's details.

REL/08594.001

Victory Medal : Private R W Crozier, 6 Light Horse Regiment, AIF

Victory Medal. Impressed around edge with recipient's details.

REL/08594.003

Next of Kin plaque : Private R W Crozier, 6 Light Horse Regiment, AIF

Circular bronze plaque, showing Britannia and the British lion in low relief. Beneath, the lion kills the German eagle. Around the edge are the words 'HE DIED FOR FREEDOM AND HONOUR'. There is a raised rectangle on the right of the plaque bearing the embossed name 'RICHARD WALTER CROZIER'. The...

REL/08597

British War Medal 1914-20 : Private R W Crozier, 6 Australian Light Horse Regiment, AIF

British War Medal 1914-20. Impressed around edge with recipient's details.

REL/08594.002

Digitised Collection

Memorial certificate, Memorial card and letter of Richard Walters Crozier, 1915-1916

Memorial items relating to the First World War service of Trooper Richard Walters Crozier, 6th Light Horse Regiment. This file contains: Two memorial cards commemorating the death of Trooper Crozier in August 1916 Egypt; The last page of a letter, sent by Crozier to his brother, describing his...

RCDIG0000338

Photographs and photographic postcards of Richard Walters Crozier

Collection relating to the First World War service of Trooper Richard Walters Crozier, 6th Light Horse Regiment. The photographs and postcards depict Trooper Crozier's experiences in Egypt. File contains: Photograph of a soldier standing in front of row of tents, [n.d.]; Portrait of two soldiers,...

RCDIG0000339

Newspaper clippings of Richard Walters Crozier, 1916

Collection relating to the First World War service of Trooper Richard Walters Crozier, 6th Light Horse Regiment. The newspaper clippings concern the death of Trooper Crozier in 1916 and include a published extract from a letter sent home by his brother, Private Sydney James Crozier. In the...

RCDIG0000340

Timeline

Date of birth 1892
Date of embarkation 1915-05-22
Date of death 1916-08-04