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Walter James McLAURIE

Regimental number228
Place of birthLondonderry, Ireland
ReligionChurch of England
OccupationLabourer
AddressCoathanmundeville, Darlington, England
Marital statusSingle
Age at embarkation25
Height5' 9.75"
Weight154 lbs
Next of kinFather, James McLaurie, Coathanmundeville, Darlington, England
Previous military serviceNil
Enlistment date15 March 1915
Place of enlistmentLiverpool, New South Wales
Rank on enlistmentPrivate
Unit name20th Battalion, A Company
AWM Embarkation Roll number23/37/1
Embarkation detailsUnit embarked from Sydney, New South Wales, on board HMAT A35 Berrima on 25 June 1915
Rank from Nominal RollLance Corporal
Unit from Nominal Roll20th Battalion
FateReturned to Australia 26 July 1917
Discharge date1 January 1918
Other details

War service: Egypt, Gallipoli, Western Front

Disembarked, Alexandria, 9 January 1916 (general Gallipoli evacuation).

Proceeded from Alexandria to join the British Expeditionary Force, 18 March 1916; disembarked, Marseilles, 25 March 1916; appointed Lance Corporal, France, 16 June 1916.

Admitted to 2nd Australian Field Ambulance (gun shot wound to shoulder), 5 August 1916; to 3rd Casualty Clearing Station, 5 August 1916; to 22nd General Hospital, Camiers, 5 August 1916; to England, from Calais, 16 August 1916; to Herne Bay affiliated General Military Hospital, 16 August 1916; to 3rd Auxiliary Hospital, Dartford, 11 April 1917; discharged to Weymouth Command Depot, 30 April 1917; marched into Weymouth Command Depot, 15 May 1917; marched into Perham Downs Command Depot, 5 June 1917; Marched into Weymouth Command Depot from Perham Downs Command Depot, 10 August 1917.

Commenced return to Australia on board 'A30' for discharge, 26 September 1917; disembarked, Melbourne, 21 November 1917; discharged (medically unfit), Sydney, 1 January 1918.

Medals: 1914-15 Star, British War Medal, Victory Medal.
SourcesNAA: B2455, McLAURIE Walter James

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