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Regimental number3257
Place of birthSydney, New South Wales
ReligionRoman Catholic
OccupationTramway cleaner
Address18 Botany Street, Redfern, Sydney, New South Wales
Marital statusSingle
Age at embarkation18
Height5' 8.25"
Weight152 lbs
Next of kinFather, T Lawrence, 18 Botany Street, Redfern, Sydney, New South Wales
Previous military serviceServed for 4 years in the Senior Cadets and in the 26th Infantry, Citizen Military Forces.
Enlistment date20 October 1915
Place of enlistmentSydney, New South Wales
Rank on enlistmentPrivate
Unit name17th Battalion, 7th Reinforcement
AWM Embarkation Roll number23/34/2
Embarkation detailsUnit embarked from Sydney, New South Wales, on board HMAT A29 Suevic on 20 December 1915
Rank from Nominal RollLance Corporal
Unit from Nominal Roll55th Battalion
FateReturned to Australia 12 May 1918
Discharge date27 July 1918
Family/military connectionsBrother: 3258 Pte Francis John LAWRENCE, 55th Bn, died of wounds, 27 July 1916
Other details

War service: Egypt, Western Front

Embarked, 20 December 1915. Taken on strength, 55th Bn, Zeitoun, Egypt, 16 February 1916.

Proceeded from Alexandria to join the British Expeditionary Force, 19 June 1916; disembarked Marseilles, France, 29 June 1916.

Admitted to 15th Field Ambulance, 15 March 1917 (trench feet); invalided to England, 28 March 1917, and admitted to 2nd Eastern General Hospital, Brighton, 29 March 1917. Transferred to 3rd Auxiliary Hospital, Dartford, 18 April 1917. Discharged and granted furlough, 30 April 1917, to report to No. 1 Command Depot, Perham Downs, 15 May 1917.

Proceeded overseas to France, 26 July 1917; rejoined unit, 14 August 1917.

Accidentally wounded, 15 February 1918 (lacerated wounds, left hand: handled unfamiliar detonator which exploded; no charges preferred; attributed to stupidity rather than deliberate intent to self-inflict a wound); transferred to England, 1 March 1918. Transferred to No. 1 Auxiliary Hospital, Harefield, 20 March 1918. Discharged, 26 March 1918, and granted furlough, to report to No. 2 Command Depot, Weymouth, 9 April 1918.

Commenced return to Australia on board HT 'Ruahine', 12 May 1918; disembarked Sydney, 5 July 1918; discharged (medically unfit), 27 July 1918.

Medals: British War Medal, Victory Medal
Date of death21 May 1974
SourcesNAA: B2455, LAWRENCE Thomas

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