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Joseph William LAING

Regimental number463
Place of birthNewcastle New South Wales
ReligionChurch of England
Address4 William Street, Swedmore, Newcastle, New South Wales
Marital statusSingle
Age at embarkation24
Next of kinFather, William Laing, 4 William Street, Swedmore, Newcastle, New South Wales
Enlistment date18 July 1915
Rank on enlistmentPrivate
Unit name30th Battalion, B Company
AWM Embarkation Roll number23/47/1
Embarkation detailsUnit embarked from Sydney, New South Wales, on board HMAT A72 Beltana on 9 November 1915
Rank from Nominal RollCorporal
Unit from Nominal Roll30th Battalion
FateReturned to Australia 8 April 1919

Military Medal

'During the minor operation carried out by the 8th Australian Infantry Brigade South West of MORLANCOURT on night of 28th/29th July 1918 this N.C.O. rendered valuable service. he was in charge of a carrying party attached to a mobile mortar, his task was to carry Stokes shells forward moving with the second wave of the attack. Midway across 'No Man's Land' his party suffered casualties under the enemy barrage. Although wounded Corporal LAING stuck to his task, kept his party together and got his ammunition to the newly captured position, thus materially assisting in the consolidation. He has since been evacuated owing to his wounds.'
Source: 'Commonwealth Gazette' No. 36
Date: 14 March 1919

Other details

War service: Egypt, Western Front

Medals: Military Medal, 1914-15 Star, British War Medal, Victory Medal

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