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Francis Michael LAWLER

Regimental number5648
Place of birthSale, Victoria
SchoolSt Patrick's College, East Melbourne, Victoria
ReligionRoman Catholic
OccupationLabourer
Address37 Victoria Street, Coburg, Victoria
Marital statusSingle
Age at embarkation32
Height5' 10.75"
Weight168 lbs
Next of kinMother, Mrs Margaret Lawler, 37 Victoria Street, Coburg, Victoria
Previous military serviceNil
Enlistment date12 August 1915
Place of enlistmentMelbourne, Victoria
Rank on enlistmentSapper
Unit name2nd Field Company Engineers, Reinforcement 14
AWM Embarkation Roll number14/21/3
Embarkation detailsUnit embarked from Sydney, New South Wales, on board HMAT A54 Runic on 20 January 1916
Rank from Nominal RollSapper
Unit from Nominal Roll15th Field Company Engineers
Other details from Roll of Honour CircularIn his career as a bowler his average was never over 5 runs per wicket. A good bowler played with various clubs his averages for several seasons has been as follows 2, 3, 4-4 1/2, 5 runs per wicket and ground bowling for Melb. South Melb. and Carlton. (details from mother)
FateKilled in Action 19 July 1916
Place of death or woundingFleurbaix, France (Battle of Fromelles)
Age at death34
Age at death from cemetery records33
Place of burialRation Farm Military Cemetery (Plot VI, Row H, Grave No. 50), La Chapelle d'Armentieres, France
Panel number, Roll of Honour,
  Australian War Memorial
24
Miscellaneous information from
  cemetery records
Parents: Christopher and Margaret LAWLER
Family/military connectionsBrother: 15021 Gunner John Joseph LAWLER, 6th Field Artillery Brigade, returned to Australia, 29 May 1919.
Other details

War service: Egypt, Western Front

Embarked Sydney, 20 January 1916; disembarked Alexandria, 27 February 1916.

Taken on strength, 15th Field Company Engineers, Tel el Kebir, 18 March 1916.

Embarked Alexandria to join the British Expeditionary Force, 18 June 1916; disembarked Marseilles, France, 29 June 1916.

Reported Missing, 21 July 1916.

Court of Enquiry, held in the field, 6 September 1917, pronounced fate as 'Killed in Action, 19 July 1916'.

Statement, Red Cross File No 1560604, 5636 Sapper A.J. DAY, 15th Field Company Engineers (patient, Southall Hospital, England), 7 November 1916: 'In advancing on July 19th at Armentieres across No Man's Land, Informant lay down for a breather, and as he did so, looked back, and saw Lawler pitch forward head first to the ground and lie there motionless. He was about 40 yards away.'

Medals: British War Medal, Victory Medal
SourcesNAA: B2455, LAWLER Francis Michael
Red Cross File No 1560604

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