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Lawrence Ernest VERNAZONI

Regimental number1576
Place of birthChristchurch, New Zealand
ReligionChurch of England
Addressc/o Mrs Harper, 392 Oxford Street, Bondi Junction, Sydney, New South Wales
Marital statusSingle
Age at embarkation21
Next of kinSister, Miss V Vernazoni, Alymer Street, Spraydon, Christchurch, New Zealand
Enlistment date5 April 1915
Rank on enlistmentCorporal
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 RollSergeant
Unit from Nominal Roll20th Battalion
FateReturned to Australia 8 August 1918
Miscellaneous details (Nominal Roll)Spelt Laurence Ernest Vernazoni on Nominal Roll.

Distinguished Conduct Medal

'For conspicuous gallantry and devotion to duty. This N.C.O. when his platoon officer had become a casualty, took charge at a critical moment, controlling the men and leading them on. It was largely due to his fearlessness that an enemy "pill box" was successfully dealt with. Throughout he showed himself to be a fine leader, and inspired his men by his fearlessness and determination.'
Source: 'Commonwealth Gazette' No. 95
Date: 27 June 1918

Other details

War service: Egypt, Gallipoli, Western Front

Wounded (shell shock), 12 June 1916; wounded (shell shock), 31 July 1916; wounded (gun shot wound, thiyh), 2 May 1917; wounded, 20 September 1917. Appointed Sergeant, 18 February 1916.

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

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