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Richard LAWRENCE

Regimental number4747
Date of birth--/06/1897
Place of birthBirmingham, England
SchoolMontgomery Street School, Birmingham, England
Other trainingOccupation on Roll of Honour Circular stated to be Electrician
Age on arrival in Australia15
ReligionChurch of England
OccupationLabourer
Address6 Cornwall Street, West Brunswick, Melbourne, Victoria
Marital statusSingle
Age at embarkation18
Next of kinFather, R Lawrence, 6 Cornwall Street, West Brunswick, Melbourne, Victoria
Previous military serviceServed in the Citizen Forces
Enlistment date8 February 1916
Date of enlistment from Nominal Roll25 January 1916
Rank on enlistmentPrivate
Unit name22nd Battalion, 12th Reinforcement
AWM Embarkation Roll number23/39/3
Embarkation detailsUnit embarked from Melbourne, Victoria, on board HMAT A14 Euripides on 4 April 1916
Rank from Nominal RollPrivate
Unit from Nominal Roll22nd Battalion
FateKilled in Action 3 October 1918
Place of death or woundingEstrees, France
Date of death3 October 1918
Age at death20
Place of burialProspect Hill Cemetery (Plot IV, Row D, Grave No. 13), Gouy, France
Panel number, Roll of Honour,
  Australian War Memorial
96
Miscellaneous information from
  cemetery records
Private Lawrence was originally buried where he fell, about 100 yards from main Estrees Geneve Road, and a cross bearing his name and the Battalion colours was erected over his grave. (Map reference of grave was B.22.c.3.2, Sheet 62B. 1/40,000). His body was later exhumed and buried at Prospect Hill British Cemetery which is 10 miles north of St. Quentin, France. Parents: Richard and Lily LAWRENCE, 16 Flancrier Street, West Brunswick, Victoria. Native of Birmingham, England
Other details

Proceeded overseas to France (from England), 16 September 1916. Admitted to Casualty Clearing Station (bronchitis) at Rouen, France then transferred to Bulford Hospital in England on 16 December 1916. Discharged from hospital 27 January 1917. Remained in England until 9 October 1917 when he went to France. Taken on strength, 22nd Battalion. Hospitalised 19 January 1918 (influenza). Proceeded to Battalion, Havre on 10 April 1918. Admitted to 73rd General Hospital, Rouen (trench fever) on 28 April 1918. Marched out to Battalion on 8 June 1918. Admitted to Australian Convalescent Depot (trench fever). Rejoined unit ex hospital, 8 June 1918

Killed in action when he was taking part in the operations near Estrees on 3 October 1918 by an enemy machine gun bullet

Personal effects returned to Australia per 'Bulla' D/S 47233 (1 metal watch, 3 wallets, cards, photos, 1 Italian Coin, unit colours, 1 Testament)

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