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Reuben Campbell Gordon LAIDLAW

Regimental number13959
Place of birthSt James Victoria
ReligionPresbyterian
OccupationRailway signalman
AddressBallan Victoria
Marital statusSingle
Age at embarkation26
Next of kinMother, Mrs J Laidlaw, Daylesford Road, Ballan, Victoria
Enlistment date16 July 1915
Rank on enlistmentPrivate
Unit nameArmy Medical Corps, Special Reinforcements
AWM Embarkation Roll number26/99/2
Embarkation detailsUnit embarked from Melbourne, Victoria, on board HMAT A61 Kanowna on 1 April 1916
Rank from Nominal RollLance Corporal
Unit from Nominal Roll14th Field Ambulance
FateReturned to Australia 11 May 1919
Medals

Military Medal

'On 30th August 1918 this N.C.O. was posted in front of the village VILLERS-CARBONNEL South of PERONNE with his squad. Though his whole evacuation track was heavily shelled throughout, he carried on for 24 hours evacuating patient after patient in conditions of intense danger and strain. He showed a total disregard for danger and set a standard for his men that greatly assisted the evacuation of the wounded.'
Source: 'Commonwealth Gazette' No. 115
Date: 10 October 1919

Other details

War service: Western Front

Medals: Military Medal, British War Medal, Victory Medal

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