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John Lawrence SIMPSON

Regimental number75
Date of birth1892
Place of birthHorsham, Victoria
SchoolPleasant Street State School and Grenville College, Victoria
ReligionChurch of England
Address5 Frank Street, Ballarat, Victoria
Marital statusSingle
Age at embarkation22
Next of kinJohn F Simpson, 5 Frank Street, Ballarat, Victoria
Enlistment date18 August 1914
Rank on enlistmentPrivate
Unit name8th Battalion, A Company
AWM Embarkation Roll number23/25/1
Embarkation detailsUnit embarked from Melbourne, Victoria, on board Transport A24 Benalla on 19 October 1914
Regimental number from Nominal RollComissioned
Rank from Nominal RollLieutenant
Unit from Nominal Roll60th Battalion
Other details from Roll of Honour Circular

Whilst serving with the Ballarat Naval Cadets under Captain Adency, he marched to Melbourne (78 miles) to watch the visit of the American Fleet on 25 August 1908. He was amongst the first to enlist in Ballarat in the original 8th Battalion and sailed with the first contingent. He fought right through the Gallipoli campaign - landing to evacuation - as a private, corporal and sergeant. Was at the Ferry Post and (Tel El Kebin). Gained a commission and went to France with the 60th Battalion. Wounded at Fleurbaix and invalided home. Returned July 1917. Killed at Villers-Bretonneux 26 April 1918. Recommended for a Victoria Cross and mentioned in despatches after death

FateKilled in Action 27 April 1918
Place of death or woundingVillers-Bretonneux, France
Date of death27 April 1918
Age at death25
Place of burialCrucifix corner Cemetery (Block B, Plot V, Row B, Grave No. 6), Villers-Bretonneux, France
Panel number, Roll of Honour,
  Australian War Memorial
Miscellaneous information from
  cemetery records
Son of John Frederick and Isabel SIMPSON
Other detailsRe-enlisted in July 1917, sailing on 16 July 1917 per HMAT A16 'Port Melbourne'

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