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Laurence John SPEAK

Regimental number28898
Date of birth20 May 1883
Place of birthHatton, Derbyshire, England
OccupationEngineer, storekeeper, and buyer
Address27 Margaret Street, Enmore, Sydney, New South Wales
Marital statusMarried
Age at embarkation32
Next of kinWife, Mrs E N Speak, 27 Margaret Street, Enmore, Sydney, New South Wales
Previous military serviceServed for 14 years in the Royal Navy, 30 November 1899-2 September 1907. Enlisted in the Australian Naval & Military Expeditionary Force, 1914, as Petty Officer Drill Instructor, Service No. 171; served for 15 months.
Enlistment date14 February 1916
Date of enlistment from Nominal Roll10 February 1916
Rank on enlistmentGunner
Unit nameMedium Trench Mortar Battery Reinforcement 2
AWM Embarkation Roll number13/129/2
Embarkation detailsUnit embarked from Sydney, New South Wales, on board HMAT A60 Aeneas on 30 September 1916
Regimental number from Nominal RollComissioned
Rank from Nominal RollLieutenant
Unit from Nominal Roll5th Division Artillery

2nd Lieutenant

Promotion date: 4 January 1919

Temporary LT

Promotion date: 4 April 1919


Unit: AMF
Promotion date: 1 October 1923


Unit: AMF
Promotion date: 9 November 1926

FateReturned to Australia 18 January 1919
Discharge date27 February 1920
Family/military connectionsBrother: 442A Pte Edwin SPEAK, 13th Bn, returned to Australia, 8 October 1918.
Other details

War service: Western Front

Embarked from Australia, 30 September 1916; disembarked, Plymouth, England, 19 November 1916. Attached as Temporary Sergeant to permanent cadre of Reserve Brigade Australian Artillery, Tidworth, 28 February 1917.

Proceeded overseas to France as Gunner, 30 November 1917. Taken on strength, 5th Divisional Ammunition Column, from Australian General Base Depot, 6 December 1917. Proceeded to England for training at Royal Artillery Cadet School, 16 July 1918. Appointed 2nd Lieutenant on probation, 4 January 1919, and allotted to Field Artillery Reinforcements.

Medals: British War Medal, Victory Medal

Died at sea, 1941, while working in a civilian capacity as Master at Arms on the troopship 'Queen Elizabeth'.

Date of death22 September 1941
Age at death58
Place of burialAt sea

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