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Sydney Robert LAWSON

Regimental number5843
Date of birth18 August 1895
Place of birthCrystal Brook, South Australia
AddressCrystal Brook, South Australia
Marital statusSingle
Age at embarkation21.8
Height5' 8"
Weight142 lbs
Next of kinMother, Mrs J Lawson, Crystal Brook, South Australia
Previous military serviceServed for years in the Cadets, 6 months in the Light Horse, 18 months in the Machine Gun Section, 24th Light Horse, Citizen Military Forces.
Enlistment date18 April 1916
Place of enlistmentPetersburg, South Australia
Rank on enlistmentPrivate
Unit name10th Battalion, 18th Reinforcement
AWM Embarkation Roll number23/27/4
Embarkation detailsUnit embarked from Melbourne, Victoria, on board HMAT A37 Barambah on 27 June 1916
Rank from Nominal RollSergeant
Unit from Nominal Roll48th Battalion
Recommendations (Medals and Awards)

Military Medal

Altered to Card.
Recommendation date: 16 October 1917

Distinguished Conduct Medal

Recommendation date: 25 September 1918

FateReturned to Australia 15 November 1919

Distinguished Conduct Medal

'For conspicuous gallantry and devotion to duty during the advance near Le Verquier, north west of St. Quentin, on the 18 September, 1918. He was in charge of a party at a bombing block in a communication trench running to the enemy trench from a commanding position in our front line when the enemy attacked with a strong party, driving him and his men up the trench. He promptly reorganized his party, and attacked and drove the enemy out of the trench, re-establishing himself at the block. The enemy again attacked under trench mortar and machine gun barrage, but he, by the skilful use of a Lewis gun and rifle grenades, was able to crush this attack before they reached the block.'
Source: 'Commonwealth Gazette' No. 20
Date: 19 February 1920

Discharge date24 February 1920
Other details

War service: Western Front

Commenced return to Australia on board HT 'Ypiringa', 15 November 1919; discharged (termination of period of enlistment), Adelaide, 24 February 1920.

Medals: Distinguished Conduct Medal, British War Medal, Victory Medal

Also served in World War II: Service No S220.
Date of death13 December 1960
Age at death65
Place of burialDerrick Gardens, Centennial Park Cemetery, Adelaide, South Australia
SourcesNAA: B2455, LAWSON Sydney Robert

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