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Fredrick Arthur LAIRD

Regimental number2379
Place of birthPortland Victoria
ReligionPresbyterian
OccupationAgent's clerk
AddressBenalla, Victoria
Marital statusSingle
Age at embarkation22
Next of kinFather, C D Laird, Benalla, Victoria
Enlistment date4 May 1915
Rank on enlistmentPrivate
Unit name7th Battalion, 7th Reinforcement
AWM Embarkation Roll number23/24/2
Embarkation detailsUnit embarked from Melbourne, Victoria, on board HMAT A64 Demosthenes on 16 July 1915
Rank from Nominal RollSergeant
Unit from Nominal Roll7th Battalion
Recommendations (Medals and Awards)

Distinguished Conduct Medal


'Work on 9 August 1918 between Lihons and Vauvillers.'
Altered to Military Medal.
Recommendation date: 17 August 1918

FateReturned to Australia 28 March 1919
Medals

Military Medal

'On 9th August 1918 during attack on enemy positions between VAUVILLERS and LIHON, Sergeant LAIRD behaved with great gallantry. The advance was most difficult and dangerous owing to the heavy and sustained fire of the enemy. Sergeant LAIRD regardless of personal danger pressed on in advance of the troops and by his personal example and coolness led the attacking troops with dash and decision against the enemy posts and reached the objective of the Battalion. His work materially assisted a successful advance and his example was of the greatest value to those he was leading.'
Source: 'Commonwealth Gazette' No. 109
Date: 15 September 1919

Family/military connectionsBrother: 5367 Lance Corporal Charles Roy LAIRD, 20th Bn, killed in action, 20 September 1917.
Other details

War service: Egypt, Gallipoli, Western Front

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

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