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John Harold LAPTHORNE

Regimental number620
Date of birth--/04/1893
Place of birthHyde Park South Australia
ReligionChurch of England
OccupationPainter
Address5 Macklin Street, Hyde Park, South Australia
Marital statusSingle
Age at embarkation22
Next of kinFather, William H Lapthoren, 5 Macklin Street, Hyde Park, South Australia
Enlistment date19 February 1915
Date of enlistment from Nominal Roll1 March 1915
Rank on enlistmentCorporal
Unit name27th Battalion, C Company
AWM Embarkation Roll number23/44/1
Embarkation detailsUnit embarked from Adelaide, South Australia, on board HMAT A2 Geelong on 31 May 1915
Regimental number from Nominal RollCommissioned
Rank from Nominal RollLieutenant
Unit from Nominal Roll27th Battalion
Promotions

2nd Lieutenant


Unit: 27th Battalion
Promotion date: 28 June 1917

Lieutenant


Unit: 27th Battalion
Promotion date: 14 October 1917

Recommendations (Medals and Awards)

Military Cross


'Work near Westhoek on 20 September 1917.'
Recommendation date: 24 September 1917

FateReturned to Australia 10 May 1919
Miscellaneous details (Nominal Roll)*Spelt John Harrold Lapthorne on NR
Medals

Military Cross

'For conspicuous gallantry and devotion to duty. This Officer's courage and dash stood out prominently throughout the action. He personally captured three concrete positions, together with seventeen prisoners and two machine guns. His many acts of daring were most inspiring to the men, and largely contributed to the success of the operation.'
Source: 'Commonwealth Gazette' No. 110
Date: 25 July 1918

Family/military connectionsBrothers: 1822 Pte Reuben Graham LAPTHORNE, 27th Bn, died of wounds, 13 October 1915; 3278 Corporal Thomas Frank LAPTHORNE, 48th Bn, killed in action, 18 September 1918.
Other details

War service: Egypt, Gallipoli, Western Front

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

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