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William Shepherd LAIDLEY

Place of birthWoollahra, New South Wales
SchoolSydney Grammar School, New South Wales
Other trainingUniversity of Sydney. Passed Senior Graduation with Honours.
ReligionChurch of England
OccupationMerchant
Address7 O'Connell Street, Sydney, New South Wales
Marital statusSingle
Age at embarkation28
Next of kinFather, S E Laidley, 7 O'Connell Street, Sydney, New South Wales
Previous military service5th F A Brigade
Enlistment date1 July 1915
Rank on enlistment2nd Lieutenant
Unit nameDivisional Ammunition Column 1, Reinforcement 7
AWM Embarkation Roll number25/89/2
Embarkation detailsUnit embarked from Melbourne, Victoria, on board RMS Persia on 10 August 1915
Rank from Nominal RollCaptain
Unit from Nominal Roll1st Divisional Ammunition Column
Recommendations (Medals and Awards)

Military Cross


'Work at Villers-Bretonneux and Rosieres on 9th-11th August 1918.'

Other details from Roll of Honour CircularTwice champion of Royal Sydney Golf Club and represented NSW in State Golf. He was in the Sydney Grammar School Crew 1902 and was winner of the Schools race.
FateDied of wounds 22 August 1918
Place of death or woundingProyart, near Peronne, France
Age at death32
Place of burialDaours Communal Cemetery Extension (Plot V, Row B, Grave No. 31), France
Panel number, Roll of Honour,
  Australian War Memorial
11
Miscellaneous information from
  cemetery records
Parents: Shepheard and Ethel LAIDLEY, 7 O'Connell Street, Sydney, New South Wales. Native of Woollahra, New South Wales
Medals

Military Cross

'For conspicuous gallantry and devotion to duty at Villers Bretonneux and Rosieres on 9th August, 1918, in the handling of his battery during the advance. He set a splendid example to all ranks under him, and by his own unfailing enery kept his battery together in full support of the advancing infantry, and most ably directed his fire on to fleeting targets under difficult and trying circumstances.'
Source: 'Commonwealth Gazette' No. 61
Date: 23 May 1919

Family/military connectionsMajor Rupert Fanning (cousin). Major Alex Forbes MC (cousin). Another cousin killed J L Maiwale.
Other detailsMedals: Military Cross, 1914-15 Star, British War Medal, Victory Medal

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