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Wilfred Michael LAIRD

Regimental number5132
Place of birthLaunceston Tasmania
ReligionRoman Catholic
Address51 Littleton Street, Launceston, Tasmania
Marital statusSingle
Age at embarkation27
Next of kinFather, Mr T Laird, 51 Littleton Street, Launceston, Tasmania
Enlistment date19 January 1916
Rank on enlistmentPrivate
Unit name12th Battalion, 16th Reinforcement
AWM Embarkation Roll number23/29/4
Embarkation detailsUnit embarked from Melbourne, Victoria, on board RMS Orontes on 29 March 1916
Rank from Nominal RollPrivate
Unit from Nominal Roll51st Battalion
Recommendations (Medals and Awards)

Military Medal

Recommendation date: 12 April 1918

FateReturned to Australia 12 May 1919
Miscellaneous information from
  cemetery records
Plaque in Launceston Garden of Remembrance

Military Medal

'For conspicuous gallantry in the enemy attack at DERNANCOURT South West of ALBERT on 5th April 1918. As Linesman he worked throughout the day under very heavy shell and machine gun fire effecting numerous repairs to the line. The fact that communication with the Battalion was maintained throughout the day was the result of his untiring energy and unflinching devotion to duty.'
Source: 'Commonwealth Gazette' No. 185
Date: 27 November 1918

Other details

War service: Western Front

Medals: Military Medal, British War Medal, Victory Medal
Date of death7 June 1955

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