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John Clydesdale LAIRD

Regimental number2284
Place of birthGlasgow, Scotland
ReligionPresbyterian
OccupationElectrician
Address334 Crown Street, Surry Hills, New South Wales
Marital statusMarried
Age at embarkation35
Next of kinWife, Mrs Nellie Laird, 334 Crown Street, Surry Hills, New South Wales
Previous military serviceServed in the Cape Mounted Rifles for 3 years; and in the Imperial Yeomanry for 1.7 years.
Enlistment date17 February 1916
Rank on enlistmentPrivate
Unit name53rd Battalion, 4th Reinforcement
AWM Embarkation Roll number23/70/3
Embarkation detailsUnit embarked from Sydney, New South Wales, on board HMAT A44 Vestalia on 11 July 1916
Rank from Nominal RollSergeant
Unit from Nominal Roll53rd Battalion
FateReturned to Australia 27 August 1917
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War service: embarked from Sydney, 11 July 1916; disembarked Devonport, England, 9 September 1916. Promoted Lance Corporal, 26 August 1916.

Proceeded overseas to France, 31 December 1916. Appointed Acting Sergeant, 2 January 1917; reverted to permanent rank of Private, 5 January 1917.

Admitted to 3rd Canadian Stationary Hospital, Doullons, 9 April 1917 (shell shock); transferred to England, 8 June 1917, marched in to No. 1 Command Depot, Perham Downs, 20 June 1917. Marched in to No. 2 Command Depot, Weymouth, 16 July 1917.

Commenced return to Australia, 28 August 1917 (shell shock, deafness); discharged, 18 November 1917.

Medals: British War Medal, Victory Medal
Date of death8 February 1937
Age at death57
Place of burialCampbelltown Cemetery, New South Wales

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