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Lawrence Thomas BINNS

Regimental number117
ReligionChurch of England
AddressTarranyurk, Victoria
Marital statusSingle
Age at embarkation19
Next of kinThomas Binns, Tarranyurk, Victoria
Enlistment date30 January 1915
Rank on enlistmentPrivate
Unit name22nd Battalion, A 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 RollCommissioned
Rank from Nominal RollLieutenant
Unit from Nominal Roll22nd Battalion

2nd Lieutenant

Unit: INF22
Promotion date: 3 January 1919


Unit: INF22
Promotion date: 3 April 1919

Recommendations (Medals and Awards)

Military Medal

Recommendation date: 28 March 1918

Military Medal

Recommendation date: 30 March 1918

Distinguished Conduct Medal

Recommendation date: 25 May 1918

Bar to Military Medal (altered from Distinguished Conduct Medal)

Recommendation date: 30 May 1918

FateReturned to Australia 23 June 1919

Military Medal

'For conspicuous gallantry and devotion to duty during the attack on VILLE-SUR-ANCRE near ALBERT on the morning of 19th May, 1918. This N.C.O. throughout the whole of the operation displayed great personal bravery and a disregard of danger which was very inspiring. During one portion of the attack the left Platoon of his Company was held up, and the flank of the Company on his right was left in the air. Under a very heavy fire he dashed forward with his Lewis Gun, and the fire he was able to bring single-handed on to the enemy positions was so accurate and well directed that it silenced the two Machine Guns which were holding up the attack, and allowed the flank which had been stopped to proceed. His work in covering the consolidation of his platoon was characterised by remarkable skill in handling his gun and calculating coolness, and greatly increased the confidence of his men.'
Source: 'Commonwealth Gazette' No. 23
Date: 12 February 1919

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