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Lawrence BRUNTON

Date of birth9 July 1892
Place of birthColne, Lancashire, England
SchoolTechnical School, Colne, Lancashire, England
Age on arrival in Australia17
ReligionChurch of England
OccupationStation overseer
AddressBattery Street, Randwick, New South Wales
Marital statusSingle
Age at embarkation22
Height5' 11"
Weight168 lbs
Next of kinMother, Mrs Elizabeth Brunton, Battery Street, Randwick, New South Wales
Previous military serviceNone stated
Enlistment date4 November 1915
Rank on enlistment2nd Lieutenant
Unit name7th Light Horse Regiment, 6th Reinforcement
AWM Embarkation Roll number10/12/2
Embarkation detailsUnit embarked from Sydney, New South Wales, on board HMAT A66 Uganda on 15 June 1915
Unit from Nominal Roll10th Field Artillery Brigade
FateKilled in Action 4 July 1918
Place of death or woundingHamel, France
Age at death28.11
Age at death from cemetery records25
Place of burialVillers-Bretonneux Military Cemetery (Plot XIX, Row F, Grave No. 8), Fouilloy, France
Panel number, Roll of Honour,
  Australian War Memorial
Miscellaneous information from
  cemetery records
Parents: Albert and Elizabeth BRUNTON; husband of Mary Alma BRUNTON, Murtaburn, Walgett, New South Wales. Born at Nelson, Lancashire, England

Military Cross

'For conspicuous gallantry and devotion to duty. He succeeded, with another officer, in entinguishing a serious fire which had broken out on an ammunition train near a battery position. The work was carried out at considerable risk from exploding ammunition, and he set a fine example of coolness and devotion to duty.'
Source: 'Commonwealth Gazette' No. 110
Date: 25 July 1918

Other details

War service: Egypt, Gallipoli, Western Front

Taken on strength of 7th Light Horse Regiment, Gallipoli Peninsula, 2 October 1915.

Promoted Lieutenant, 9 November 1915.

Taken on strength of 2nd Light Horse Reserve Regiment, Maadi, Egypt, 1 March 1916.

Taken on strength of 10th Field Artillery Bde, Tel el Kebir, 26 March 1916, and posted to 38th Battery.

Embarked Alexandria to join the British Expeditionary Force, 5 June 1916; disembarked Marseilles, France, 12 June 1916.

Detached to 39th Battery, 3 September 1916; rejoined 38th Battery, 20 September 1916.

Sick to hospital while on leave in England, 14 October 1916; admitted to No 1 Australian Dermatological Hospital, Bulford, 15 October 1916 (venereal disease); discharged, 26 November 1916; total period of treatment for venereal disease: 43 days.

Marched into No 1 Command Depot, Perham Downs, 14 January 1917.

Proceeded overseas to France, 3 February 1917; marched into Australian General Base Depot, Le Havre, 4 February 1917.

Taken on strength of 4th Divisional Ammunition Column, 18 February 1917.

Deatched to 4th Divisional Trench Mortar Officer, 3 March 1917; rejoined 4th Divisional Ammunition Column, 21 April 1917.

Transferred to 10th Field Artillery Bde, 25 April 1917, and taken on strength of 38th Battery the same day.

Transferred to, and taken on strength of 4th Divisional Ammunition Column, 21 June 1917.

Transferred to, and taken on strength of 10th Field Artillery Bde, 29 July 1917.

Wounded in action, 20 September 1917; admitted to No 2 Canadian Casualty Clearing Station, 20 September 1917 (gassed, mustard); transferred to No 6 Ambulance Train, 21 September 1917; to No 6 British Red Cross Hospital (Liverpool Merchants' Hospital), 21 September 1917; to England, 26 September 1917; to No 3 London General Hospital, Wandsworth, 26 September 1917; to No 5 Auxiliary Hospital, 24 October 1917; to No 6 Auxiliary Hospital, 8 November 1917; to Cobham Hall, 15 November 1917; discharged, 7 December 1917, and marched into No 1 Command Depot, Sutton Veny, the same day.

Proceeded overseas to France, 9 February 1918; marched into Australian General Base Depot, Le Havre, 10 February 1918.

Proceeded to unit, 15 February 1918; rejoined 10th Field Artillery Bde, 19 February 1918.

Killed in action, 4 July 1918.

Medals: Military Cross, 1914-15 Star, British War Medal, Victory Medal
SourcesNAA: B2455, BRUNTON Lawrence

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