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Edward Joseph Augustus LAWLER

Regimental number2189
Place of birthWitchipool Victoria
ReligionRoman Catholic
AddressMildura, Victoria
Marital statusSingle
Age at embarkation21
Next of kinMother, Mrs H. M. Lawler, Mildura, Victoria
Enlistment date4 April 1916
Date of enlistment from Nominal Roll1 April 1916
Rank on enlistmentPrivate
Unit name60th Battalion, 4th Reinforcement
AWM Embarkation Roll number23/77/3
Embarkation detailsUnit embarked from Melbourne, Victoria, on board HMAT A67 Orsova on 1 August 1916
Rank from Nominal RollSergeant
Unit from Nominal Roll60th Battalion
Recommendations (Medals and Awards)

Military Medal

Recommendation date: 12 May 1917

Bar to MM

Recommendation date: 30 September 1917

FateReturned to Australia 8 August 1918

Military Medal

'At BULLECOURT on the morning of 12th May. Lance Corporal Edward Joseph Augustine LAWLER displayed great coolness and devotion to duty. When under very heavy enemy shell fire he showed initiative in re-organising his men after the senior N.C.O.s of his platoon were killed and wounded. he handled his party with marked ability, set a splendid example throughout the operations and inspired his men under the most trying conditions. His great coolness and devotion to duty deserves special recognition.'
Source: 'Commonwealth Gazette' No. 189
Date: 8 November 1917

Bar to Military Medal

'During the attack of 26th September this N.C.O. was in charge of a platoon and after 3 Officers in his company had been wounded he worked, untiringly helping his Company commander all in his power to keep the Company together. he was perfectly cool throughout the action and in no small measure was he responsible for the excellent work carried out during the enemy Counter-attacks, he held his men well in hand and used his own initiative on several occasions.'
Source: 'Commonwealth Gazette' No. 66
Date: 2 May 1918

Other details

War service: Western Front

Medals: Military Medal & Bar, British War Medal, Victory Medal
Date of death2 July 1970
Age at death75
Place of burialBallarat (New) Cemetery, Victoria

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