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Lawrence ATHERTON

Regimental number6766
Place of birthWagga Wagga New South Wales
ReligionChurch of England
OccupationAssistant chemist
Address23 Campbell Street, Paddington, Sydney, New South Wales
Marital statusSingle
Age at embarkation19
Next of kinMother, Mrs Lily Atherton, 23 Campbell Street, Paddington, Sydney, New South Wales
Enlistment date26 July 1915
Date of enlistment from Nominal Roll18 July 1915
Rank on enlistmentPrivate
Unit name8th Infantry Brigade, 8th Field Ambulance Sections B and C
Embarkation detailsUnit embarked from Melbourne, Victoria, on board HMAT A11 Ascanius on 10 November 1915
Rank from Nominal RollPrivate
Unit from Nominal Roll8th Field Ambulance
FateReturned to Australia 25 February 1919
Medals

Military Medal

'On 24.9.17 this private displayed great heroism and disregard of personal danger while carrying wounded from HOOGE TUNNEL to BIRR CROSS ROADS. When this area was under an intense enemy bombardment. On the morning of the 24.9.1917 a man was wounded about 150 yards from the Post at which he was stationed. With a companion he at once went to his assistance and in spite of heavy shelling he brought him into the dressing station, and subsequently carried him to the next post.'
Source: 'Commonwealth Gazette' No. 76
Date: 23 May 1918

Other details

War service: Egypt, Western Front

Medals: Military Medal, 1914-15 Star, British War Medal, Victory Medal

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