Face of the day: Harry Crozier

My great-grandfather was Harry Crozier (3/10/1889?6/2/1972), a Gallipoli veteran invalided home with a seriously injured?leg. After rehabilitation he never could walk without the aid of sticks and wore a caliper on his leg.

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For therapy, Harry was taught by another war veteran in the fine art of?carving, specialising in Maori pieces. Dad has some of his works displayed and they are beautiful… hopefully, one day I will be able to have them.

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I recently found out that his war and service records are online.

Crozier-casualty Form

 

Harry Crozier’s medals from Gallipoli campaign

 

Harry Crozier being carried at a convalescent hospital, 1915

I have read some of Harry’s letters home while he was convalescing in the UK. He was an erudite and talented writer whose life was effectively ruined with his injury. His poetry is beautiful and I would love to get his letters and record them for posterity. Sadly, I’m not sure I will ever be able to keep the originals and protect that part of our family history. His memory deserves to be treated somewhat better than sitting in a collection of boxes unread and unloved.

I am proud of our family connection to Gallipoli. Dad and I were lucky enough to go on the centenary journey to Gallipoli and walk the battlefields where my great-grandfather fought and was injured.

 

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