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Herbert Robert LACK

Regimental number1709
Date of birth--/04/1887
Other NamesLACK, Herbert Robert Henry
ReligionChurch of England
AddressEulmore, Stone's Corner, South Brisbane, Queensland
Marital statusSingle
Age at embarkation27
Next of kinMother, Mrs A Lack, Eulmore, Stone's Corner, South Brisbane, Queensland
Enlistment date25 January 1915
Rank on enlistmentPrivate
Unit name15th Battalion, 4th Reinforcement
AWM Embarkation Roll number23/32/2
Embarkation detailsUnit embarked from Brisbane, Queensland, on board HMAT A15 Star Of England on 8 April 1915
Regimental number from Nominal RollCommissioned
Rank from Nominal RollLieutenant
Unit from Nominal Roll15th Battalion

2nd Lieutenant

Unit: INF15
Promotion date: 6 May 1917


Unit: INF15
Promotion date: 16 September 1917

Recommendations (Medals and Awards)

Military Cross

Recommendation date: 24 September 1918

FateReturned to Australia 16 June 1919

Military Cross

'For conspicuous gallantry and devotion to duty during the operations near Jeancourt on 18th September, 1918. He led his platoon with great skill and determination through the attack, which was over very difficult country. At one point two enemy machine guns were putting up a stout resistance. With a portion of his platoon he worked round their flank and rushed them, capturing the guns and portion of their crews. Throughout the day his work was magnificent, and his fine leadership contributed in no small measure to the success of his battalion.'
Source: 'Commonwealth Gazette' No. 129
Date: 20 November 1919

Other detailsMedals: Military Cross, 1914-15 Star, British War Medal, Victory Medal

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