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Lawrence James PARKER

Regimental number1527
Place of birthGlen Innes New South Wales
ReligionRoman Catholic
AddressLang Street, Glen Innes, New South Wales
Marital statusSingle
Age at embarkation29
Next of kinFather, J Parker, Winton, Queensland
Enlistment date22 April 1915
Rank on enlistmentPrivate
Unit name20th Battalion, 1st Reinforcement
AWM Embarkation Roll number23/37/2
Embarkation detailsUnit embarked from Sydney, New South Wales, on board HMAT A35 Berrima on 6 June 1915
Rank from Nominal RollCorporal
Unit from Nominal Roll2nd Pioneer Battalion
Recommendations (Medals and Awards)

Military Medal

Recommendation date: 18 October 1918

FateReturned to Australia 5 April 1919

Military Medal

'During attack on MONTBREHAIN, north of ST. QUENTIN, on 5th October, 1918, he was N.C.O. in charge of stretcher bearers. Earlier in the day casualties occurred among the stretcher bearers. He stepped in and acted as a stretcher bearer making repeated trips to and from the R.A.P. through heavy barrages of shell and machine gun fire. He was wounded in the back but after having the projectile removed and anti-tetanus injection at the R.A.P. he returned to duty and carried out several other cases. His courage under fire and devotion to duty were beyond praise.'
Source: 'Commonwealth Gazette' No. 119
Date: 17 October 1919

Family/military connectionsBrother: 933 Lance Corporal Francis Elzear PARKER, 1st Bn, returned to Australia, 25 November 1917.
Other details

War service: Egypt, Gallipoli, Western Front

Military Medal, 1914-15 Star, British War Medal, Victory Medal

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