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Alex Duncan Gordon LAURIE

Regimental number221
Place of birthDingo Creek, Wingham, New South Wales
SchoolPublic School, New South Wales
AddressInvergordon, Gloucester, New South Wales
Marital statusSingle
Age at embarkation23
Height5' 10"
Weight155 lbs
Next of kinFather, J Laurie, Invergordon, Gloucester, New South Wales
Enlistment date2 August 1915
Place of enlistmentNewcastle, New South Wales
Rank on enlistmentDriver
Unit name30th Battalion, Headquarters
AWM Embarkation Roll number23/47/1
Embarkation detailsUnit embarked from Sydney, New South Wales, on board HMAT A72 Beltana on 9 November 1915
Rank from Nominal RollPrivate
Unit from Nominal Roll30th Battalion
FateKilled in Action 20 July 1916
Place of death or woundingFleurbaix, France (Battle of Fromelles)
Age at death23
Age at death from cemetery records23
Place of burialNo known grave
Commemoration detailsV.C. Corner (Panel No 2), Australian Cemetery Memorial, Fromelles, France
Panel number, Roll of Honour,
  Australian War Memorial
Miscellaneous information from
  cemetery records
Parents: Joseph and Margaret LAURIE (nee Macpherson), Invergordon, Gloucester, New South Wales. Native of Dingo Creek
Family/military connectionsBrother: Lt Andrew Joseph LAURIE MM, 1st Machine Gun Bn, returned to Australia, 31 May 1919.
Other details

War service: Egypt, Western Front

Embarked Sydney 9 November 1915; disembarked ex-'Katuna', Suez, 16 December 1915.

Reverted to Private at his own request, Ferry Post, 8 May 1916.

Embarked Alexandria to join the British Expeditionary Force, 16 June 1916; disembarked Marseilles, France, 23 June 1916.

Killed in action, 20 July 1916.

Note on Red Cross File No 1560208: 'Buried Rue Petillon Cem. about 2.25 miles S.W. of Armentieres. Cert. by Hqrs List recd. 15.9.19.'

Note on file: 'There is no burial record in possession of unit, but believe he was buried in Rue Petillon Cemetery, about 2.25 miles S.W. of Armentieres. Cert: by A.I.F. Hqrs 15-3-19.'

Medals: 1914-15 Star, British War Medal, Victory Medal
SourcesNAA: B2455, LAURIE Alex Duncan Gordon
Red Cross file 1560208

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