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Lawrence Carthage WEATHERS

Regimental number1153
Date of birth14 May 1890
Place of birthTe Koparu, New Zealand
SchoolSnowtown Public School, South Australia
Age on arrival in Australia7
ReligionRoman Catholic
OccupationUndertaker
AddressYatala, South Australia
Marital statusMarried
Age at embarkation25
Height5' 7.75"
Weight144 lbs
Next of kinWife, Mrs Annie Elizabeth Weathers, Drumsberg, Kenilworth Road, Parkside, South Australia
Enlistment date8 February 1916
Date of enlistment from Nominal Roll3 February 1916
Place of enlistmentAdelaide, South Australia
Rank on enlistmentPrivate
Unit name43rd Battalion, A Company
AWM Embarkation Roll number23/60/1
Embarkation detailsUnit embarked from Adelaide, South Australia, on board HMAT A19 Afric on 9 June 1916
Rank from Nominal RollCorporal
Unit from Nominal Roll43rd Battalion
FateDied of wounds 29 September 1918
Place of death or woundingFrance
Age at death28
Place of burialUnicorn Cemetery (Plot III, Row C, Grave 5), France
Panel number, Roll of Honour,
  Australian War Memorial
137
Miscellaneous information from
  cemetery records
Parents: John Joseph and Ellen Frances Johanna WEATHERS; Wife: Annie E. Weathers, Te Kopuru, Main Avenue, Frewville, South Australia
Medals

Victoria Cross

'For most conspicuous bravery and devotion to duty on the 2nd September, 1918, north of Peronne, when with an advanced bombing party. The attack having been held up by a strongly held enemy trench, Corporal Weathers went forward alone, under heavy fire, and attacked the enemy with bombs. Then, returning to our lines for a further supply of bombs, he again went forward with three comrades, and attacked under very heavy fire. Regardless of personal danger, he mounted the enemy parapet and bombed the trench, and, with the support of his comrades, capturred 180 prisoners and thee machine guns. His valour and determination resulted in the successful capture of the final objective, and saved the lives of many of his comrades.'
Source: 'Commonwealth Gazette' No. 61
Date: 23 May 1919

Family/military connectionsBrother: Trooper Thomas Frances WEATHERS, 9th Light Horse Regiment, died of wounds, 15 June 1915.
Other details

Admitted to Torrens Island Venereal Hospital, Adelaide, 13 March 1916; discharged from hospital, 20 April 1916; total period of treatment for gonorrhoea: 38 days.

War service: Western Front

Embarked Adelaide, 9 June 1916; disembarked Marseilles, France, 20 July 1916. Proceeded to England (date not recorded).

Proceeded overseas to France, 25 November 1916.

Admitted to 9th Field Ambulance, 18 January 1917; transferred to Divisional Rest Station, 19 January 1917; to 2nd Australian Casualty Clearing Station, 19 January 1917; to 1st Canadian Casualty Clearing Station, 20 January 1917; to Ambulance Train No 24, 23 January 1917, and admitted to No 1 Convalescent Depot, Boulogne, 23 January 1917; to 51st General Hospital, Etaples, 24 January 1917; discharged to Base Details, 8 February 1917; total period of treatment for venereal disease: 22 days. Rejoined unit, 24 April 1917.

Wounded in action, 10 June 1917 (gun shot wound, left leg), and admitted to 9th Field Ambulance; transferred to 53rd Casualty Clearing Station, 11 June 1917; to 2nd Canadian General Hospital, Le Treport, 13 June 1917; to England, 20 June 1917, and admitted to Southwark Military Hospital, 21 June 1917 (wound: severe); discharged on furlough, 20 August 1917, to report to No 1 Command Depot, Perham Downs, 3 September 1917. Reclassified B1A1, 12 September 1917; A3 8 October 1917. Proceeded overseas to France, 23 November 1917; rejoined Bn, 3 December 1917.

Wounded in action (2nd occasion), 26 May 1918 (gas), and admitted to 49th Casualty Clearing Station; discharged to duty, 18 June 1917; rejoined unit, 19 June 1916.

Appointed Temporary Corporal, 10 September 1918.

Wounded in action (3rd occasion), 29 September 1918.

Reported died of wounds, 29 September 1918.

Awarded Victoria Cross.

Medals: Victoria Cross, British War Medal, Victory Medal
SourcesNAA: B2455, WEATHERS Lawrence Carthage