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William Frederick LAPTHORNE

Regimental number2173
Place of birthBendigo, Victoria
SchoolKotupna State School, Victoria
OccupationFarm labourer
AddressKotupna via Nathalia, Victoria
Marital statusSingle
Age at embarkation35
Height5' 6"
Weight140 lbs
Next of kinFather, Henry Julius Laphthorne, Kotupna via Nathalia, Victoria
Previous military serviceServed in C Troop, A Squadron, 15th Australian Light Horse Regiment, Citizen Military Forces; still serving at time of AIF enlistment.
Enlistment date19 April 1915
Place of enlistmentWalhalla, Victoria
Rank on enlistmentPrivate
Unit name22nd Battalion, 4th Reinforcement
AWM Embarkation Roll number23/39/2
Embarkation detailsUnit embarked from Melbourne, Victoria, on board HMAT A20 Hororata on 27 September 1915
Rank from Nominal RollLance Corporal
Unit from Nominal Roll22nd Battalion
FateKilled in Action 27 July 1916
Place of death or woundingPozieres, Somme Sector, France
Age at death35
Age at death from cemetery records35
Place of burialLondon Cemetery and Extension (Plot 8, Row C, Grave No 1), Longueval, Somme, France
Panel number, Roll of Honour,
  Australian War Memorial
Miscellaneous information from
  cemetery records
Commemorated in Numurka Cemetery, Victoria. Parents: Henry and Jane LAPTHORNE
Other details

War service: Egypt, Western Front

Taken on strength, 22nd Bn, Tel el Kebir, 8 January 1916.

Embarked Alexandria to join the British Expeditionary Force, 19 March 1916; disembarked Marseilles, France, 26 March 1916.

Appointed Lance Corporal, 19 May 1916.

Killed in action, 27 July 1916.

Originally recorded as 'No known grave' and listed on the Australian National Memorial, Villers-Brettoneux. Letter, Imperial War Graves Commission, to Australia House, London, 20 September 1936, that the discovery of an unknown soldier in the vicinity of Pozieres and the subsequent reburial of the remains uncovered an indentity disc that positively identified the grave to be that of 2173 LAPTHORNE.

Medals: 1914-15 Star, British War Medal, Victory Medal
SourcesNAA: B2455, LAPTHORNE William Frederick

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