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Alfred Hughes LAWRENCE

Regimental number2863
Place of birthSydney New South Wales
Address131 Holmes Road, Moonee Ponds, Victoria
Marital statusSingle
Age at embarkation18
Next of kinMother, Mrs M Lawrence, 131 Holmes Road, Moonee Ponds, Victoria
Enlistment date1 July 1915
Rank on enlistmentPrivate
Unit name7th Battalion, 9th Reinforcement
AWM Embarkation Roll number23/24/3
Embarkation detailsUnit embarked from Melbourne, Victoria, on board HMAT A16 Star Of Victoria on 10 September 1915
Rank from Nominal RollPrivate
Unit from Nominal Roll2nd Australian Light Trench Mortar Battery
FateReturned to Australia 5 April 1918
Other details

War service: Egypt, Gallipoli, Western Front

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

Together with 2668 Pte (later Lt) William Charles SCURRY, 7th Bn, Lawrence invented the self-firing rifle device that was used successfully to deceive Turkish forces while Australian troops were being evacuated from Gallipoli, December 1915.

On the Western Front he sustained a serious shrapnel wound in October 1917, a piece of shrapnel being logded too close to the aorta to allow its surgical removal.

After the war he became a successful businessman in Bendigo, Victoria.

Date of death1986
Age at death89
Place of burialBendigo Cemetery, Victoria

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