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Francis Patrick LARACY

Regimental number121
Place of birthToowoomba, Queensland
SchoolChristian Brothers (Catholic) School, Toowoomba, Queensland; St Stanislaw (Catholic) School, Bathurst, New South Wales
ReligionRoman Catholic
OccupationChemist's assistant
Address47 Albion Street, Paddington, New South Wales
Marital statusSingle
Age at embarkation23
Next of kinMother, Mrs M Laracy, Toowoomba, Queensland
Enlistment date24 August 1914
Rank on enlistmentPrivate
Unit name1st Field Ambulance, B Squadron
AWM Embarkation Roll number26/44/1
Embarkation detailsUnit embarked from Sydney, New South Wales, on board Transport A14 Euripides on 20 October 1914
Regimental number from Nominal RollCommissioned
Rank from Nominal RollLieutenant
Unit from Nominal Roll1st Battalion

2nd Lieutenant

Unit: INF1
Promotion date: 15 August 1916

Recommendations (Medals and Awards)

Military Cross

Recommendation date: 15 July 1918

Military Cross

Recommendation date: 23 July 1918

Other details from Roll of Honour CircularDrowned S.S. Leinster.
FateDrowned at sea 10 October 1918
Place of death or woundingIrish Sea
Age at death27
Place of burialAt Sea (R.M.S. "Leinster")
Commemoration detailsHollybrook Memorial, Southampton, England
Panel number, Roll of Honour,
  Australian War Memorial

Military Cross

'For conspicuous gallantry and leadership. With a small patrol of four other ranks he suprised and captured various enemy posts, capturing twenty eight prisoners, and four machine guns. He then reported the situation to his company commander, and, during the main operation that followed, he rendered assistance in cooperation by making a further advance, capturing seven prisoners and a machine gun. With the aid of reinforcements he then linked up with the unit on his right, while the position gained was consolidated. Thanks to his splendid patrol work, valuable ground was won with slight casualties and with considerable loss to the enemy.'
Source: 'Commonwealth Gazette' No. 23
Date: 12 February 1919

Family/military connectionsCousins: 2835 Pte Thomas Joseph LARACY, 15th Bn, returned to Australia, 17 March 1919; 3820 Pte Edward Joseph LARACY, 49th Bn, died of disease, 18 November 1917.
Other detailsMedals: Military Cross, 1914-15 Star, British War Medal, Victory Medal

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