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Regimental number1377
Place of birthPort Adelaide South Australia
AddressGPO, Adelaide, South Australia
Marital statusSingle
Age at embarkation23
Next of kinSister, Alma Lukander, Bergmans, No 6 Helsingfords, Finland
Enlistment date24 November 1914
Rank on enlistmentPrivate
Unit name10th Battalion, 2nd Reinforcement
AWM Embarkation Roll number23/27/2
Embarkation detailsUnit embarked from Melbourne, Victoria, on board HMAT A46 Clan Macgillivray on 2 February 1915
Rank from Nominal RollCorporal
Unit from Nominal Roll3rd Trench Mortar Battery
FateReturned to Australia 20 November 1918

Military Medal

'For conspicuous bravery during the operations east of YPRES on the morning of 4th October, 1917. Our Stokes guns were in position covering enemy strong posts and machine gun emplacements. At zero hour the guns were ordered to open a hurricane fire on these positions. Just prior to this time the enemy, who intended to make an attack on our lines, opened up a heavy bombardment. Cpl. LUKANDER'S gun was blown out and put out of action, he and some of its crew being partially buried. He immediately mounted a reserve gun and got into action again in time for our bombardment and fired all ammunition for the operations, effectively silencing the Machine guns which he had bombarded. By his cool courage and quick action the infantry were greatly assisted in their advance. LUKANDER, although in a shaken condition and subjected to very heavy artillery fire, set a splendid example to his men throughout the operation.'
Source: 'Commonwealth Gazette' No. 120
Date: 7 August 1918

Other details

War service: Egypt, Gallipoli, Western Front

Medals: Military Medal, 1914-15 Star, British War Medal, Victory Medal
Date of death9 November 1972
Place of burialEnfield Cemetery

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