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John William LAIDLOW

Regimental number3834
Place of birthNullawarre, Victoria
Place of birthBullawaree, Victoria
SchoolNullawarre North State School, Victoria
AddressMillawarrie, Allansford via Warrnambool, Victoria
Marital statusSingle
Age at embarkation26
Next of kinFather, W J Laidlow, Millawarrie, Allansford via Warrnambool, Victoria
Enlistment date12 July 1915
Rank on enlistmentPrivate
Unit name8th Battalion, 12th Reinforcement
AWM Embarkation Roll number23/25/4
Embarkation detailsUnit embarked from Adelaide, South Australia, on board HMAT A40 Ceramic on 23 November 1915
Recommendations (Medals and Awards)

Distinguished Conduct Medal

'(E. of Ypres) Splendid example of courage and resource in taking temporary charge of team and rendering valuable services under fire.'
Recommendation date: 9 October 1917

FateNo details of fate entered on Nominal Roll
Age at death29
Age at death from cemetery records29
Place of burialSutton Veny (St. John) Churchyard (Plot 69, Row J, Grave No, 9), Wiltshire
Panel number, Roll of Honour,
  Australian War Memorial
Miscellaneous information from
  cemetery records
Parents: William and Phoebe LAIDLAW

Distinguished Conduct Medal

'For conspicuous gallantry and devotion to duty in an advance. When his N.C.O. became a casualty he took command of the team, carrying the N.C.O.'s load as well as his own, and continued to advance, though wounded. Later, he was wounded again, but refused to give up his load until he fell exhausted. He set a splendid example of coolness and determination.'
Source: 'Commonwealth Gazette' No. 110
Date: 25 July 1918

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