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Lawrence George HART

Regimental number135
Date of birth6 December 1893
Place of birthClarence Park, South Australia
SchoolGoodwood Secondary School, South Australia
AddressThomas Street, Clarence Park, South Australia
Marital statusSingle
Age at embarkation23
Next of kinMother, Mrs Eva Hart, same address
Enlistment date4 January 1916
Rank on enlistmentPrivate
Unit name43rd Battalion, A Company
AWM Embarkation Roll number23/60/1
Embarkation detailsUnit embarked from Adelaide, South Australia, on board HMAT A19 Afric on 9 June 1916
Rank from Nominal RollPrivate
Unit from Nominal Roll43rd Battalion
FateReturned to Australia 20 May 1919

Distinguished Conduct Medal

'On 29 September, 1918, during operations south of Bony, when the enemy were counter attacking, he took charge of his platoon when his platoon commander became a casualty. He grasped the situation quickly, and fearlessly exposing himself himself he very successfully handled his men and selected positions for snipers and Lewis guns. The manner in which he disposed of his platoon was responsible for the breaking up of the counter attacks.'
Source: 'Commonwealth Gazette' No. 20
Date: 19 February 1920

Military Medal

'On 1st September, 1918, during operations North of PERONNE, after his Company had reached its final objective, this man pushed out with his Lewis Gun well forward of our position and succeeded in cutting off a number of the retreating enemy. He inflicted heavy casualties and was responsible for the capture of enemy prisoners.'
Source: 'Commonwealth Gazette' No. 115
Date: 10 October 1919

Discharge date1 July 1919
Other detailsWar service: Egypt, France, Belgium. Wounded, 31 July 1917; returned to duty.

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