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William Frederick LARKINGS

Regimental number5621
Place of birthWangaratta Victoria
ReligionRoman Catholic
AddressJunction Street, Junee, New South Wales
Marital statusSingle
Age at embarkation19
Next of kinMother, Mrs Annie Larkings, Junction Street, Junee, New South Wales
Enlistment date4 April 1916
Rank on enlistmentPrivate
Unit name18th Battalion, 15th Reinforcement
AWM Embarkation Roll number23/35/3
Embarkation detailsUnit embarked from Sydney, New South Wales, on board HMAT A14 Euripides on 9 September 1916
Rank from Nominal RollLance Corporal
Unit from Nominal Roll18th Battalion
Recommendations (Medals and Awards)

Military Medal

'For outstanding bravery in dispersing an enemy party with Lewis Gun from inside the enemy wire despite M.G. fire & in salvaging a Lewis Gun & remaining in position until withdrawn.'
Recommendation date: 13 May 1917

FateReturned to Australia 15 September 1918

Military Medal

'On May 3rd near NOREUIL they [LARKINGS and 5137 W.WHITLOCK] were NO. 1 and 2 of a Lewis Gun crew. They took their gun forward inside the enemy's wire and dispersed an enemy party moving forward to reinforce O.G.1 The wire at this point was being swept by Machine Gun fire. Later on they took the gun round to the flank and took up a position between O.G. 1 and O.G. 2. The gun was put out of action. They succeeded in salvaging one from a dead crew and got it into working order, and remained there in position till the Battalion withdrew.'
Source: 'Commonwealth Gazette' No. 189
Date: 8 November 1917

Family/military connectionsBrothers: 66482 Pte George Alexander LARKINGS, NSW Reinforcement 21 [not on Nominal Roll: ship probably recalled owing to cessation of hostilities]; 3407 Pte John Joseph LARKINGS, 5th Machine Gun Bn, returned to Australia, 25 September 1919.
Other details

War service: Western Front

Medals: Military Medal, British War Medal, Victory Medal
Date of death29 October 1963
Age at death65
Place of burialJunee Cemetery, New South Wales

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