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Elmer Winfrid Drake LAING

Regimental number940
Date of birth--/03/1888
Place of birthLa Perouse, Sydney, New South Wales
SchoolForest School, England, and Marburg, Germany
Age on arrival in Australia18
ReligionChurch of England
AddressMaddington, West Perth, Western Australia
Marital statusSingle
Age at embarkation22
Next of kinFather, W D Laing, Maddington, West Perth, Western Australia
Previous military serviceServed in the Citizen Military Forces, 88th Battalion.
Enlistment date10 September 1914
Rank on enlistmentCorporal
Unit name12th Battalion, H Company
AWM Embarkation Roll number23/29/1
Embarkation detailsUnit embarked from Fremantle, Western Australia, on board Transport A7 Medic on 2 November 1914
Regimental number from Nominal RollCommissioned
Rank from Nominal RollLieutenant
Unit from Nominal Roll12th Battalion

2nd Lieutenant

Unit: INF12
Promotion date: 12 March 1916


Unit: INF12
Promotion date: 12 June 1916

Recommendations (Medals and Awards)

Military Cross

'Conspicuous gallantry & coolness at Pozieres.'
Recommendation date: 6 October 1916

Other details from Roll of Honour CircularC.E. W. Bean 'The Story of Anzac', vol. 1, f/n 53, p. 272, gives date of birth as 19 February 1892. 'Letters herewith showing first in Pozieres for which the MC. Letters may be of historical interest - copies only, originals could be shown to authorized person.' (Father)
FateKilled in Action 8 May 1918
Age at death26
Age at death from cemetery records25
Place of burialBorre British Cemetery (Plot I, Row B, Grave No. 23), France
Panel number, Roll of Honour,
  Australian War Memorial
Miscellaneous information from
  cemetery records
Parents: William and Annie LAING. Native of Sydney

Military Cross

Source: 'Commonwealth Gazette' No. 103
Date: 29 June 1917

Other details

War service: Egypt, Gallipoli, Western Front

Medals: Military Cross, 1914-15 Star, British War Medal, Victory Medal

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