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David LAZARUS

Regimental number418
Place of birthBallarat Victoria
ReligionMethodist
OccupationOrchardist
AddressHarcourt, Victoria
Marital statusSingle
Age at embarkation22
Next of kinFather, Isaac Lazarus, 147 Bridge Street, Bendigo, Victoria
Enlistment date9 February 1915
Rank on enlistmentPrivate
Unit name22nd Battalion, B Company
AWM Embarkation Roll number23/39/1
Embarkation detailsUnit embarked from Melbourne, Victoria, on board HMAT A38 Ulysses on 10 May 1915
Regimental number from Nominal Roll418B
Rank from Nominal RollPrivate
Unit from Nominal Roll2nd Machine Gun Battalion
Recommendations (Medals and Awards)

Military Medal


Recommendation date: 7 September 1918

Distinguished Conduct Medal


Recommendation date: 11 October 1918

FateReturned to Australia 9 March 1919
Medals

Distinguished Conduct Medal

'For fine courage during the operations at Montbrehain on 6 October 1918. He captured an enemy machine gun single handed. The crew of eight enemy fired on him with machine gun and rifles while he crossed 40 yards of open ground. He shot two of the crew with his revolver, and compelled the remaining six to surrender.'
Source: 'Commonwealth Gazette' No. 35
Date: 15 April 1920

Military Medal

'On the morning of 1st September 1918, prior to a counter attack at MONT ST. QUENTIN, the Sergeant in charge of the gun crew to which Private LAZARUS belonged was wounded and the No. 1 killed, but Private LAZARUS bravely kept the gun in action against the enemy under blank machine gun fire and close sniping, inflicting heavy casualties. During the whole attack this man displayed initiative and daring in reconnaissance for Machine Gun positions.'
Source: 'Commonwealth Gazette' No. 115
Date: 10 October 1919

Other details

War service: Egypt, Gallipoli, Western Front

Medals: Distinguished Conduct Medal, Military Medal, 1914-15 Star, British War Medal, Victory Medal

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