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Regimental number6603
Place of birthBrewarrina New South Wales
Other NamesLAWRENCE, Austin Sylvester
ReligionRoman Catholic
AddressFairfield, New South Wales
Marital statusMarried
Age at embarkation25
Next of kinMargaret Anne Roberts, c/o P O Fairfield, Fairfield, New South Wales
Enlistment date9 April 1915
Rank on enlistmentCorporal
Unit name8th Field Ambulance, Section A
Embarkation detailsUnit embarked from
From Embarkation Rolls it is not possible to distinguish the embarkation details of individual officers and men: 6 officers and 156 others embarked on HMAT A11 'Ascanius' from Melbourne on 10 November 1915; 1 officer and 50 others embarked on HMAT A58 'Kabringa' from Melbourne on 8 November 1915; 1 officer and 16 others embarked on HMAT A2 'Geelong' from Adelaide on 12 November 1915; 1 officer and 4 others embarked on HMAT A13 'Katuna' from Adelaide on 9 November 1915; and
Rank from Nominal RollSergeant
Unit from Nominal Roll8th Field Ambulance
FateDied of wounds 24 October 1917
Age at death from cemetery records27
Place of burialWimereux Communal Cemetery (Plot VI, Row E, Grave No. 20), France
Panel number, Roll of Honour,
  Australian War Memorial
Miscellaneous information from
  cemetery records
Served as Roberts, true name LAWRENCE, Austin Sylvester. Parents: Samuel and Catherine LAWRENCE; husband of Margaret LAWRENCE, 59 Surrey Street, Darlinghurst, New South Wales

Military Medal

'At 1 a.m.near BULLECOURT on the 14th May a man was lying wounded in the German barrage of H.E. and gas. Sergeant Roberts at once got together and led a squad of three men through the barrage and assisted in carrying the patient into a place of safety, thereby saving the man's life at the risk of his own, as the man's gas helmet was destroyed. Throughout the night of the 14/15th may, this N.C.O., regardless of his own safety, was untiring in his efforts to stimulate the bearers under him in the execution of their duty,m thereby materially assisting in the evacuation of the wounded from a particularly dangerous zone. He showed pluck, coolness and initiative of a high order. This N.C.O. was mentioned in Despatches 8.12.16.'
Source: 'Commonwealth Gazette' No. 189
Date: 3634110

Other detailsMedals: Military Medal, 1914-15 Star, British War Medal, Victory Medal

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