Alexander Croot

Alexander Croot, WWI
(Courtesy of Alexander Croot)

Alexander Croot, WWII
(NAA: B883, NX24711)

Born 11.11.1899 (as Alec Cohen)

Place claimed to be born Dvinsk [Daugavpils, Latvia] Russia [correct place of birth is London]

Ethnic origin Jewish

Religion Jewish & Church of England

Father Hyman Croot, b. Dvinsk

Mother Rachel (Rosie) Superer; Stepmother: Sarah Bergman


Wife Ursula Stapleton, married 1923 Sydney; children John Barry Maxwell, b. 1924, June Margaret Ann, b. 1929

Residence before arrival at Australia Lived with parents in London

Arrived at Australia
from London
on 9.05.1914
per Beltana
disembarked at Sydney

Residence before enlistment Sydney

Occupation Tailor, labourer

Service 1
service number 6057
enlisted 28.06.1916
POE Sydney
unit 22nd Battalion
rank Private
place Western Front, 1917
final fate RTA 31.10.1917
discharged 5.03.1918 MU

Service 2 (WWII)
service number N70534
enlisted 14.10.1939
POE Wollongong, NSW
unit 2 GB
rank Private
discharged Ca 1939

Service 3 (WWII)
service number NX 24711
enlisted 31.05.1940
POE Sydney
unit Engineers depot Moore Park
rank Private
discharged 19.03.1941

Naturalisation 1914 (with father)

Residence after the war Sydney, Wollongong, Bexley, NSW

Died 26.09.1972, Narrabeen, NSW


Father's naturalisation (NAA)

Digitised WWI & WWII service records (NAA)

Digitised WWI service records(reference only) (NAA)

Application to enlist in the AIF (NAA)

Digitised Embarkation roll entry (AWM)

Family Tree on

Blog article



Newspaper articles

House numbering. - South Coast Times and Wollongong Argus, 17 October 1930, p. 19.

That coal. - South Coast Times and Wollongong Argus, 21 August 1931, p. 8.

Wollongong Council. - South Coast Times and Wollongong Argus, 1 December 1933, p. 9.