Laurence JUERS

Badge Number: 77667, Sub Branch: Port Vincent

JUERS, Laurence

Service Numbers: 4503, S56025
Enlisted: 26 July 1915
Last Rank: Private
Last Unit: 4th Divisional Salvage Company
Born: Lobethal, South Australia, 18 November 1894
Home Town: Lobethal, Adelaide Hills, South Australia
Schooling: Unknown
Occupation: Grocer & Agent
Died: Natural causes, Daw Park, Adelaide, South Australia, 21 November 1968, aged 74 years
Cemetery: Curramulka Cemetery, S.A.
Memorials: Ballarat Australian Ex-Prisoners of War Memorial, Edithburgh WW2 Roll of Honor, Edithburgh War Memorial, Lobethal WW1 Roll of Honor, Unley Town Hall WW1 Honour Board, Woodside District of Onkaparinga Honour Board
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World War 1 Service

26 Jul 1915: Enlisted
11 Jan 1916: Involvement AIF WW1, Private, 4503, 10th Infantry Battalion
11 Jan 1916: Embarked AIF WW1, Private, 4503, 10th Infantry Battalion, HMAT Miltiades, Adelaide
22 Aug 1916: Wounded 4503, 10th Infantry Battalion
22 Aug 1916: Imprisoned

World War 2 Service

12 Jun 1942: Enlisted S56025
12 Jun 1942: Involvement S56025, 4th Divisional Salvage Company
12 Jun 1942: Enlisted Minlaton, SA

Laurence Juers

Name: Laurence Juers
Service Number: 4503
Place of Birth: Lobethal
Date of Birth: 18 November 1894
Place of Enlistment: Keswick
Date of Enlistment: 26 July 1915
Age at Enlistment: 20 years
Next of Kin: Mother, Mrs. M.M. Juers
Occupation: Grocer
Religion: Lutheran
Rank: Private
Laurence left Adelaide with his unit, the 10th Battalion, 14th Reinforcement, on board HMAT A28 Miltiades on 7 February 1916, arriving at Suez on 11 March. He was sent to France with the 10th on 26 July. Three weeks later Laurence was reported missing. It was later confirmed that he had been captured at Mouquet Farm after being shot in the leg during action on 22 August and detained at Munster in Westfalen, Germany. Laurence’s Red Cross file states that in a postcard sent to the 10th Battalion he said, “Am pleased to say that I am getting my parcels again. We had a little delay but everything is alright again. I am enjoying the best of health.”
After the war Laurence was repatriated to England on 16 December 1918 then returned to Australia on the Ascanius on 28 March 1919 and discharged on 12 May.

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Biography contributed by Elizabeth Allen

Laurence JUERS was born in Lobethal, South Australia on 18th November, 1894

His parents were Adolph Albert Alfred JUERS & Marie Magdalena EY

He married Fanny Amelia MARTIN in the Methodist Church, SA on 17th March 1926

He served in both WW1 and WW2 & was wounded on 22nd August, 1916 and also taken prisoner of war by the Germans at Moquet Farm & sent to the Reserve Lazarett Bergkasserne Munster POW Camp - he was repatriated to Dover on 16th December, 1918

Laurence  died in Daw Park, Adelaide on 21st November, 1968 and is buried in the Curramulka Cemetery