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Laurence BLANCHE

Regimental number6773
Place of birthLerwick, Shetland Isles, Scotland
SchoolBoard Schools, Liverpool and Sunderland, England
Other trainingMerchant Marine, England
Age on arrival in Australia21
ReligionChurch of England
OccupationManager freezing works
AddressSydney, New South Wales
Marital statusSingle
Age at embarkation40
Next of kinCousin, Miss Mary Rowlinson, Queen Street, Barraba, New South Wales
Previous military serviceNil
Enlistment date22 February 1917
Date of enlistment from Nominal Roll20 February 1917
Rank on enlistmentPrivate
Unit name17th Battalion, 20th Reinforcement
AWM Embarkation Roll number23/34/4
Embarkation detailsUnit embarked from Sydney, New South Wales, on board HMAT A72 Beltana on 16 June 1917
Rank from Nominal RollPrivate
Unit from Nominal Roll17th Battalion
Other details from Roll of Honour CircularServed in the Merchant Marine for 10 years, then took up various shore postings. At the time of enlisting he was managing a pastoral property at Barrala, NSW.
FateKilled in Action 31 August 1918
Place of death or woundingFrance
Date of death31 August 1918
Age at death48.9
Age at death from cemetery records48
Place of burialAssevillers New British Cemetery (Plot VIII, Row E, Grave No. 6), France
Panel number, Roll of Honour,
  Australian War Memorial
Miscellaneous information from
  cemetery records
Parents: Henry and Christina BLANCHE. Born at Lerwick, Shetland Isles
Other details

War service: Western Front

Medals: British War Medal, Victory Medal

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