Lawrence Vernon GRIMSHAW

Regimental number19282
Place of birthWakefield England
ReligionChurch of England
Address74 Albert Street, Leichhardt, New South Wales
Marital statusSingle
Age at embarkation22
Next of kinMother, Mrs M Grimshaw, 'Ran Cliffe', Westminster Street, Bexley, New South Wales
Enlistment date4 January 1916
Date of enlistment from Nominal Roll24 January 1916
Rank on enlistmentGunner
Unit nameField Artillery Brigade 7, Brigade Ammunition Column
AWM Embarkation Roll number13/35/1
Embarkation detailsUnit embarked from Sydney, New South Wales, on board HMAT A8 Argyllshire on 11 May 1916
Rank from Nominal RollCorporal
Unit from Nominal Roll3rd Divisional Signal Company
Recommendations (Medals and Awards)

Mention in Despatches

Recommendation date: 4 March 1918

Mention in Despatches

Awarded, and promulgated, 'London Gazette' No. 30706 (28 May 1918); 'Commonwealth Gazette' No. 165 (24 October 1918).

Military Medal

Recommendation date: 12 September 1918

FateEffective abroad (still overseas)

Military Medal

'For conspicuous gallantry and tenacious devotion to duty during operations east of SAILLY LAURETTE along the SOMME, between the 8th and 31st August, 1918. On the night of 10th August, Corporal Grimshaw was in charge of a wireless station which moved into a forward position and rendered excellent service, at daylight the following morning the station was found to be under direct enemy observation and heavy machine gun fire - despite this, Corporal Grimshaw dismantled the station with admirable courage and moved it to a new headquarters and re-established communication. On the 22nd and 23rd August he was in charge of power buzzer and amplifier stations moving forward with assaulting battalions and on all occasions his station were set up rapidly under most hazardous conditions and without regard to personal danger, and by this means information of the greatest importance was sent back. His work throughout the offensive operations has been of the highest value and his example and devotion to duty are worthy of the utmost commendation.'
Source: 'Commonwealth Gazette' No. 109
Date: 15 September 1919

Other details

War service: Western Front

Medals: Military Medal, British War Medal, Victory Medal