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Lawrence TAIT

Regimental number61006
Place of birthKerang, Victoria
SchoolState School & Warracknabeal High School, Victoria
OccupationBank clerk
Address14 Holden Street, North Fitzroy, Victoria
Marital statusSingle
Age at embarkation20
Height5' 7"
Weight134 lbs
Next of kinFather, L. Tait Snr, 17 Barkly Street, Ballarat East, Victoria
Previous military service59a Senior Cadets (3 years); 60th Bn (18 months)
Enlistment date4 May 1918
Place of enlistmentMelbourne, Victoria
Rank on enlistmentPrivate
Unit name9th General (Victorian) Reinforcements
AWM Embarkation Roll number23/111/3
Embarkation detailsUnit embarked from Melbourne, Victoria, on board HMAT A37 Barambah on 31 August 1918
Rank from Nominal RollPrivate
Unit from Nominal Roll9th General Service Reinforcements
Other details from Roll of Honour CircularSailed from Australia on the SS "Barambah", 31 August 1918. Contracted pneumonic influenza near Cape Town, from which he never rallied. He died near Sierra Leone, West Africa, 18 October 1918, and was buried at sea the same day.
FateDied of disease 18 October 1918
Place of death or woundingAt sea
Age at death21.2
Place of burialAt Sea
Commemoration detailsHollybrook Memorial, Southampton, England
Panel number, Roll of Honour,
  Australian War Memorial
Family/military connectionsBrother: 28327 Bombardier Robert Edmund TAIT, 12th Field Artillery Brigade, died in England, 4 November 1918, of complications arising out of a gas attack in France.
Other details

Embarked Melbourne, 31 August 1918.

Admitted to Ship's Hospital, 11 October 1918 (influenza); discharged, 15 October 1918.

Admitted to Ship's Hospital, 15 October 1918 (influenza).

Died, at sea, 18 October 1918.

Medal: British War Medal.
SourcesNAA: B2455, TAIT Lawrence

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