Lionel Roy (Dick) LUKIN

LUKIN, Lionel Roy

Service Number: 774
Enlisted: 1 April 1915, An original of A Company
Last Rank: Corporal
Last Unit: 28th Infantry Battalion
Born: Beverley, Western Australia, Australia, 13 March 1897
Home Town: Beverley, Beverley, Western Australia
Schooling: Guildford Grammar School, Western Australia
Occupation: College student
Died: Killed in Action, France, 10 June 1918, aged 21 years
Cemetery: Beacon Cemetery, Sailly-Laurette
Plot II, Row E, Grave No. 3, Beacon Cemetery, Sailly-Laurette, Bray-sur-Somme, Picardie, France
Memorials: Australian War Memorial Roll of Honour, Beverley District Honour Roll WW1, Beverley St Mary's Anglican Church Lynchgate, Beverley War Memorial, Dumbleyung War Memorial, Guildford Grammar School War Memorial, Guildford St. Matthew's Anglican Church Honour Roll, Guildford St. Matthew's Anglican Church Men Who Laid Down Their Lives Honour Roll, Guildford War Memorial, Wagin & District Honour Roll, Wagin Roll of Honor
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World War 1 Service

1 Apr 1915: Enlisted AIF WW1, Private, 774, 28th Infantry Battalion, An original of A Company
29 Jun 1915: Involvement Private, 774, 28th Infantry Battalion, --- :embarkation_roll: roll_number: '16' embarkation_place: Fremantle embarkation_ship: HMAT Ascanius embarkation_ship_number: A11 public_note: ''
29 Jun 1915: Embarked Private, 774, 28th Infantry Battalion, HMAT Ascanius, Fremantle
10 Jun 1918: Involvement Corporal, 774, 28th Infantry Battalion, --- :awm_ww1_roll_of_honour_import: awm_service_number: 774 awm_unit: 28 Battalion awm_rank: Corporal awm_died_date: 1918-06-10

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Biography contributed by Stephen Brooks

Lionel Roy (Dick) Lukin was the son of Henry Harbottle Lukin who an Australian farmer and politician who was a member of the Legislative Council of Western Australia from 1899 until his death from measles in 1901 when Dudley was only four years of age. His mother Rachel carried on the farm until one of her sons was old enough to take it over. She passed away in 1909 when Lionel was 12 years of age. Lionel had 11 brothers and sisters.

Lionel Lukin landed on Gallipoli during September 1915, and soon became ill. He was subsequently diagnosed with dysentery during October 1915 and then enteritis. He was evacuated to Malta and then England. Lukin reinforced his Battalion at Pozieres 24 August 1916. He was promoted to L/Corporal during October 1916, during a battle east of Flers in November 1916, he was wounded in action with a gunshot wound to his right arm and left side during early November 1916. He was evacuated to England and hospitalised.

He rejoined his Battalion in France February 1917. The 28th Battalion were engaged in many significant campaigns including Bullecourt, Menin Road and Passchendaele and he was promoted to Corporal during October 1917. His death is recorded as in the Red Cross files as being killed instantly by machine gun bullet at Morlancourt during attack at edge of Bray on Corbie Rd., France 10 June 1918.

His brother 116 Tpr. Dudley Lukin 10th Light Horse Regiment was killed in action at the Nek, Gallipoli, 7 August 1915. Another brother, 2631 Sergeant Guy Clifton Lukin D.C.M., 12th Battalion AIF, was awarded his medal for conspicuous gallantry and devotion to duty at Boursies, France on 9 April 1917.