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James Charles LAWRENCE

Regimental number2206
Place of birthBalranald New South Wales
OccupationStation overseer
AddressTownsville, Queensland
Marital statusSingle
Age at embarkation28
Next of kinBrother, Alex Ross Lawrence, Nyah, Swan Hill, Victoria
Enlistment date13 January 1916
Rank on enlistmentPrivate
Unit name47th Battalion, 4th Reinforcement
AWM Embarkation Roll number23/64/3
Embarkation detailsUnit embarked from Brisbane, Queensland, on board HMAT A42 Boorara on 16 August 1916
Regimental number from Nominal RollCommissioned
Rank from Nominal RollLieutenant
Unit from Nominal Roll46th Battalion

2nd Lieutenant

Unit: INF 46
Promotion date: 14 October 1918


Unit: INF46
Promotion date: 15 January 1919

Recommendations (Medals and Awards)

Military Medal

Recommendation date: 8 April 1918


Second recommendation for MSM dated 20 September 1918.
Recommendation date: 15 September 1918

FateReturned to Australia 2 June 1919
Place of death or woundingFrance

Military Medal

'At DERNANCOURT South West of ALBERT April 5th 1918. He did magnificent work in organising two platoons after the officers became casualties. When his trench was out flanked by the enemy he cleverly got his men into fresh positions and avoided heavy casualties and drove the enemy back. His pluck and example to the men was of the highest order. he worked unceasingly for many hours and was always bright and cheery and inspired the men accordingly. He has been previously recommended for splendid work during the former part of the operations.'
Source: 'Commonwealth Gazette' No. 185
Date: 27 November 1918

Meritorious Service Medal

'This N.C.O. has had a continuously long and consistent career with the Battalion, and could always be relied on as a never failing and experienced N.C.O. During the period under review, from February to September 1918 he has participated in every action in the Line, and has distinguished himself in work both in and out of the Field and is worthy of the highest merit.'
Source: 'Commonwealth Gazette' No. 67
Date: 3 June 1919

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