Stories of the Crandell boys

The Majors Creek Anzac Day service will include a commemoration to the four soldiers from the Crandell family who fought in WW1. The Crandell boys were cousins and brothers, whose family had lived in the district since the gold rush in the 1850s.

Brothers Henry Irwin Crandell and Richard Crandell grew up with nine siblings in a slab hut between Majors Creek and Long Flat.

Their cousins Christopher and Stanley Crandell were just eighteen when they enlisted to fight. Christopher’s parents refused to give permission to enlist, so he obtained it from a brother ten years his senior. He was killed in action aged just 19.

One commemoration will be delivered by the great-grandson of Henry Irwin Crandell.