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Lawrence McKINNEY

Regimental number1374
Place of birthMelbourne Victoria
ReligionRoman Catholic
OccupationLabourer
Addressc/o Miss A Bowsey, 1 Bowen Terrace, Melbourne, Victoria
Marital statusSingle
Age at embarkation24
Next of kinCousin, Miss A Bowsey, 1 Bowen Terrace, Melbourne, Victoria
Enlistment date23 December 1914
Rank on enlistmentPrivate
Unit name12th Battalion, 2nd Reinforcement
AWM Embarkation Roll number23/29/2
Embarkation detailsUnit embarked from Adelaide, South Australia, on board HMAT A50 Itonus on 15 February 1915
Rank from Nominal RollGunner
Unit from Nominal Roll10th Field Artillery Brigade
FateReturned to Australia 14 December 1918
Medals

Military Medal

'For conspicuous gallantry and devotion to duty on the 16th October, 1917 at BELLEWARDE RIDGE (east of YPRES). A shell burst in the pit, knocking the gun off its platform, and caused casualties to the detachment. Gunner McKINNEY assumed command, got the gun back into position and into action again in a very short time. He carried out the duties of an N.C.O. at a very critical time without hesitation. His work throughout the operations since 9th September, 1917, has been excellent.'
Source: 'Commonwealth Gazette' No. 95
Date: 27 June 1918

Other detailsMedals: Military Medal, 1914-15 Star, British War Medal, Victory Medal

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