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Gordon LAING

Regimental number70
Place of birthInverell England
ReligionProtestant
OccupationJackeroo
Marital statusSingle
Age at embarkation20
Next of kinFather, C.W. Laing, 'Austral', 15 Wharf Road, Balmain, New South Wales
Enlistment date6 October 1914
Rank on enlistmentPrivate
Unit name7th Light Horse Regiment, Machine Gun Section
AWM Embarkation Roll number10/12/1
Embarkation detailsUnit embarked from Sydney, New South Wales, on board TRANSPORT A33 Ayrshire on 20 December 1914
Rank from Nominal RollLieutenant
Unit from Nominal Roll58th Battalion
FateReturned to Australia 9 March 1919
Medals

Military Cross

'During the attack on the eastern end of Peronne on 2nd September 1918, he was in command of his company when the enemy were observed massing on his front preparatory to a counter attack. He collected a number of captured machine guns, and skilfully disposing them in favourable positions, enabled the line to cope with the attack and also to advance. His personal gallantry under fire and coolness were an inspiration to all.'
Source: 'Commonwealth Gazette' No. 67
Date: 3 June 1919

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

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