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Donald Charles LAIRD

Regimental number1675
Place of birthCobar, New South Wales
SchoolChristian Brothers (Catholic) School, Rockhampton, Queensland
ReligionRoman Catholic
OccupationShearer
AddressRockhamtpon, Queensland
Marital statusSingle
Age at embarkation28
Next of kinMother, Mrs Nellie Laird, Cyprus Street, Barcaldine, Queensland
Enlistment date6 January 1916
Rank on enlistmentPrivate
Unit name52nd Battalion, 2nd Reinforcement
AWM Embarkation Roll number23/69/3
Embarkation detailsUnit embarked from Sydney, New South Wales, on board SS Hawkes Bay on 20 April 1916
Rank from Nominal RollPrivate
Unit from Nominal Roll52nd Battalion
FateDied of wounds 30 January 1917
Place of death or woundingDernancourt, Somme, France
Age at death28
Age at death from cemetery records28
Place of burialDernancourt Communal Cemetery Extension (Plot IV, Row G, Grave No. 41), France
Panel number, Roll of Honour,
  Australian War Memorial
155
Miscellaneous information from
  cemetery records
Parents: Charles and Ellen LAIRD, Oxford Road, Rockhampton, Queensland. Native of Cobar, New South Wales
Family/military connectionsBrother: 2838 Pte Finley LAIRD, 42nd Bn, killed in action, 31 July 1917; Step-brother: M. QUINN, returned to Australia.
Other details

War service: Western Front

Medals: British War Medal, Victory Medal

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