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Edward Joseph LARACY

Regimental number3820
Place of birthToowoomba, Queensland
ReligionRoman Catholic
AddressPerth Street, Toowoomba, Queensland
Marital statusSingle
Age at embarkation21
Height5' 8"
Weight140 lbs
Next of kinFather, R Laracy, Perth Street, Toowoomba, Queensland
Previous military serviceNil
Enlistment date14 August 1915
Place of enlistmentToowoomba, Queensland
Rank on enlistmentPrivate
Unit name9th Battalion, 12th Reinforcement
AWM Embarkation Roll number23/26/3
Embarkation detailsUnit embarked from Brisbane, Queensland, on board HMAT A50 Itonus on 30 December 1915
Rank from Nominal RollPrivate
Unit from Nominal Roll49th Battalion
FateDied of disease 18 November 1917
Place of burialSutton Veny (St. John) Churchyard (Plot 292, Row C, Grave No. 18), Wiltshire, England
Panel number, Roll of Honour,
  Australian War Memorial
Family/military connectionsBrother: 2835 Pte Thomas Jospeh LARACY, 15th Bn, returned to Australia, 17 March 1919; Cousin: Lt Francis Patrick LARACY MC, 1st Bn, drowned at sea, 15 August 1918.
Other details

War service: Egypt, Western Front, England

Transferred to 4th Division Field Bakery, Serapeum, Egypt, 15 April 1916.

Proceeded from Alexandria to join the British Expeditionary Force, 6 June 1916; disembarked Marseilles, 13 June 1916.

Admitted to hospital, 19 March 1917 (bronchitis); transferred to England, 28 March 1917, and admitted to Kitchener Military Hospital, Brighton, 29 March 1917.

Died of pneumonia, Sutton Veny Military Hospital, 18 November 1917.

In 'Remarks on interest to next of kin' file, Lt J. DRAMPTON, No. 1 Command Depot, wrote (10 December 1917): 'The funeral was beautifully carried out. There was a full band and firing party from No. 1 Command Depot, the body being carried on a gun carriage. Many convalescents from Sutton Veny Military Hospital followed the body to the grave, while comrades of the deceased guarded the gun carriage. The grave is situated last of a row of Australians in the Catholic portion of the beautiful old village churchyard of Sutton Veny. The relatives of the deceased can rest assured that all that was possible, both in life and in death, was done for him.'

Medals: British War Medal, Victory Medal

SourcesNAA: B2455, LARACY Edward Joseph

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