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Kenneth Wallace LAVARACK

Regimental number21248
Place of birthBrisbane Queensland
ReligionChurch of England
OccupationSelector
AddressCharters Towers, Queensland
Marital statusSingle
Age at embarkation24
Next of kinFather, C W Lavarack, Baumenia Downs, Julia Creek, Q N R, Queensland
Enlistment date24 January 1916
Rank on enlistmentGunner
Unit name9th Field Artillery Brigade, 36th Battery
Embarkation detailsUnit embarked from Sydney, New South Wales, on board HMAT A8 Argyllshire on 11 May 1916
Rank from Nominal RollGunner
Unit from Nominal Roll4th Division Artillery Headquarters
Recommendations (Medals and Awards)

Military Medal


Recommendation date: 1 May 1918

FateReturned to Australia 22 August 1919
Medals

Military Medal

'This man was out with the Signaller N.C.O., and from 3.50 a.m. until 8.30 a.m. on the morning of 24th April, 1918, during the heavy bombardment, he patrolled the telephone line running from the Battery position near MERICOURT l'ABBE to Brigade Headquarters. The shelling was very heavy along this line, and a large number of gas shell falling, and he had to carry on for a long time with his gas mask on. He persisted with this line until it became so badly cut and so many portions blown away that he could do no more with it. He then returned to the Battery, and proceeded with the work of maintaining lateral lines to other Batteries.'
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 death10 June 1970
Place of burialMt Thompson Crematorium

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