Lawrence CROSS

CROSS, Lawrence

Service Number: 2801
Enlisted: 6 November 1916
Last Rank: Private
Last Unit: 25th Machine Gun Company
Born: Laidley, Queensland, Australia, 20 February 1895
Home Town: Kingaroy, South Burnett, Queensland
Schooling: Kingaroy State School, Queensland, Australia
Occupation: Farmer
Died: Killed in Action, Belgium, 5 October 1917, aged 22 years
Cemetery: Tyne Cot Cemetery and Memorial
Plot XXXIII, Row D, Grave No. 9
Memorials: Australian War Memorial Roll of Honour, Kingaroy RSL Roll of Honour, Kingaroy Stone of Remembrance
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World War 1 Service

6 Nov 1916: Enlisted AIF WW1, Private, 2801, 41st Infantry Battalion
23 Dec 1916: Involvement Private, 2801, 41st Infantry Battalion
23 Dec 1916: Embarked Private, 2801, 41st Infantry Battalion, HMAT Demosthenes, Sydney
17 Aug 1917: Transferred AIF WW1, Private, 25th Machine Gun Company

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Biography contributed by Stephen Brooks

Lawrence Cross had only been in Belgium a few weeks with the 25th Machine Gun Company when he was killed by a shell. The same shell reportedly killed three other men of the unit.

His older brother, 4383 Pte. John Cross 26th Battalion AIF, had been killed in action at Pozieres on the 29 July 1916, aged 23. 

They were the sons of John and Sarah Cross, of Kingaroy, Queensland.