Edgar Frederick DE LAUTOUR

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DE LAUTOUR, Edgar Frederick

Service Number: 82
Enlisted: 21 August 1914, Morphettville, South Australia
Last Rank: Sergeant
Last Unit: 3rd Light Horse Regiment
Born: Oamaru, New Zealand, 1885
Home Town: Paringa, Renmark Paringa, South Australia
Schooling: Otago High School, New Zealand.
Occupation: Farmer
Died: Killed In Action, Gallipoli, 23 May 1915
Cemetery: Shrapnel Valley Cemetery, Gallipoli
Plot IV, Row A, Grave 30
Memorials: Adelaide National War Memorial, Australian War Memorial Roll of Honour
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World War 1 Service

21 Aug 1914: Enlisted AIF WW1, Corporal, SN 82, Morphettville, South Australia
25 Sep 1914: Promoted AIF WW1, Sergeant
22 Oct 1914: Involvement AIF WW1, Sergeant, SN 82, 3rd Light Horse Regiment, Enlistment/Embarkation WW1
22 Oct 1914: Embarked AIF WW1, Sergeant, SN 82, 3rd Light Horse Regiment, HMAT Port Lincoln, Adelaide
9 May 1915: Involvement AIF WW1, Sergeant, SN 82, 3rd Light Horse Regiment, 'ANZAC' / Gallipoli
23 May 1915: Involvement AIF WW1, Sergeant, SN 82, 3rd Light Horse Regiment, 'ANZAC' / Gallipoli

Complete extract from the diary of FJ Treloar, MC

One of the saddest things I have struck yet was the death of Sgt De Lautour. He was shot through the head and killed instantaneously at daylight on the morning of the 23rd May. He was one of the best, an awfully fine fellow, I thought a lot of him and so did everybody. We are going to try and get a cross from Alexandria for his grave.

Extract - Francis J. Treloar Gallipoli diary

"On May 19, May we occupied Pope's Hill for a week. We have 24 hours in the trenches, 24 hours off when we are supposed to rest, but during that period there was no rest, there were fatigues all day and standing to arms in support all night. We were fairly played out; i could sleep standing up. Sgt de Latour was killed here; we were all very fond of him."

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Biography contributed by Elizabeth Allen

Edgar Frederick De LAUTOUR was born in 1885 in Oamaru, New Zealand

His parents were Harry Archibald De LAUTOUR and Harriet Emma BARBER

His father Harry Archibald was born in 1849 in India and died in 1917 in New Zealand - he was the Brigade Surgeon and Lieutenant Colonel & Prinicipal Medical Officer of the Otago District in New Zealand

Edgars brother Harry Archibald served in WW1 (SN 21467) with the NZ Forces

and another brother Cecil Andrew De LAUTOUR served in the Boer War (SN 1622) and (SN 5845) and then WW1 (SN 465) when he died in 1915 East Africa during WW1, also serving with the NZ Forces

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