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Laurence Frederick William KNUCKEY

Regimental number66
Place of birthBendigo, Victoria
Other NamesKNUCKEY, Frederick William Lawrence
SchoolSt Andrew's College, Bendigo, Victoria
OccupationBank mananger
Address132 Barnard Street, Bendigo, Victoria
Marital statusSingle
Age at embarkation35
Height5' 5.25"
Weight113 lbs
Next of kinFather, J Knuckey, 132 Barnard Street, Bendigo, Victoria
Previous military serviceNil
Enlistment date14 February 1916
Place of enlistmentBendigo, Victoria
Rank on enlistmentPrivate
Unit name38th Battalion, Headquarters
AWM Embarkation Roll number23/55/1
Embarkation detailsUnit embarked from Melbourne, Victoria, on board HMAT A54 Runic on 20 June 1916
Rank from Nominal RollLance Corporal
Unit from Nominal Roll38th Battalion
Other details from Roll of Honour Circular'Connected with State Savings Bank at Bendigo, later being manager at Maldon, Avoca & Tallangatta, also being well known through Northern District Tennis Association.' (details from father)
FateDrowned at sea 10 October 1918
Miscellaneous details (Nominal Roll)Name recorded on Nominal Roll as Frederick William KNUCKEY.
Age at death from cemetery records37
Place of burialAt sea
Commemoration detailsHollybrook Memorial, Southampton, England
Panel number, Roll of Honour,
  Australian War Memorial
Miscellaneous information from
  cemetery records
Commemorated in Eaglehawk Cemetery, Victoria. Headstone inscription reads: 'His life was gentle and pleasant/His death heroic.' Photo: Peter Dennis. Parents: Joseph (d. 21 July 1939, aged 92; bu. Eaglehawk Cemetery) and Mary Ann (d. 14 December 1929, aged 72; bu. Eaglehawk Cemetery) KNUCKEY
Other details

War service: Western Front

Embarked Melbourne, 20 June 1916; disembarked Plymouth, England, 10 August 1916.

Proceeded overseas to France, 22 November 1916.

Appointed Lance Corporal, 8 September 1917.

Wounded in action, 14 November 1917 (gassed); admitted to 9th Field Ambulance, 16 November 1917 (gas poisoning); transferred to 53rd Casualty Clearing Station, 21 November 1917; to 53rd General Hospital, Boulogne, 22 November 1917; to No 2 Convalescent Depot, 9 December 1917; to No 10 Convalescent Depot, Ecault, 17 December 1917; to Base Depot, Rouelles, 4 February 1918; rejoined Bn, in the field, 25 February 1918.

On leave to England, 20 May 1918.

Admitted to 2nd Australian Auxiliary Hospital, Southall, 23 May 1918 (myalgia); discharged on furlough, 16 July 1918, to report to No 1 Command Depot, Sutton Veny, 25 July 1918.

Admitted to Group Clearing Hospital, Sutton Veny, 15 August 1918; marched in to No 1 Command Depot from hospital, 22 August 1918.

Reported missing at sea, believed drowned, 10 October 1918.

Court of Enquiry, held at AIF Headquarters, London, concluded 'Drowned at sea ex RMS "Leinster", result of enemy action on 10.10.18'.

Medals: British War Medal, Victory Medal
SourcesNAA: B2455, KNUCKEY Laurence Frederick William

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