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Joseph Lawrence STAPLETON

Regimental number198
Place of birthArarat Victoria
ReligionRoman Catholic
AddressBuangor, Victoria
Marital statusSingle
Age at embarkation25
Next of kinMother, Mrs Stapleton, Buangor, Victoria
Enlistment date25 February 1915
Date of enlistment from Nominal Roll24 March 1915
Rank on enlistmentPrivate
Unit name21st Battalion, A Company
AWM Embarkation Roll number23/38/1
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 Roll2nd Machine Gun Battalion
FateReturned to Australia 3 March 1919

Military Cross

'During the attack, on 9th August 1918, at Framerville, near Amiens, he was in charge of two Vickers machine guns. Noticing a large hostile party threatening the flank of the battalion with wheich he was operating, he at once brought fire to bear on the enemy inflicting heavy losses, and finally dispersed them. He then moved across the open, in the face of fierce enemy sniping and machine gun fire, and obtained an infantry escort for his gun, which he placed in position to guard the exposed flank. He again took part in an attack on the 11th August 1918. He carried out several daring reconnaissances, kept close personal liaison with battalion headquarters, always at extreme risk from enemy snipers at close range, and by his indomitable cheerfulness throughout was an inspiration to his men.'
Source: 'Commonwealth Gazette' No. 67
Date: 3 June 1919

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

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