William Reuben LORENSINI


LORENSINI, William Reuben

Service Number: 154
Enlisted: Not yet discovered
Last Rank: Sergeant
Last Unit: 10th Light Trench Mortar Battery
Born: Scotsburn, Vic., 1892
Home Town: Buninyong, Ballarat North, Victoria
Schooling: Scotsburn State School
Occupation: Farmer
Died: Died of wounds, Peronne, France, 28 September 1918
Cemetery: Doingt Communal Cemetery Extension
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Memorials: Australian War Memorial Roll of Honour
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World War 1 Service

27 May 1916: Involvement Private, SN 154, 39th Infantry Battalion
27 May 1916: Embarked Private, SN 154, 39th Infantry Battalion, HMAT Ascanius, Melbourne
28 Sep 1918: Involvement Sergeant, SN 154, 10th Light Trench Mortar Battery

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Biography contributed by Sharyn Roberts

Son of Domonic and Sarah LORENSINI

Distinguished Conduct Medal

'For conspicuous gallantry and devotion to duty when in charge of two mortars after the officer in command was killed. He brought them to the final objective in spite of strong enemy opposition. When another officer was wounded he took command of another gun, using it with judgment and effect, and materially assisting the advance of the infantry.'
Source: 'Commonwealth Gazette' No. 110
Date: 25 July 1918

Mrs W. R. Lorensini, of Burwood, 705 Dana street, Ballarat, has been notified through the Rev. Dean Lewis, that her husband, Sergt W. R. Lorensini, D.C.M. has died of wounds received in France on the 28th September, 1918. He was 27 years of age, and a fine stamp of Australian manhood. Prior to enlisting he and a brother carried on farming pursuits at Mount Buninyong, where his parents reside. He as at one time a playing member of the Imperial and Ballarat football teams. He left for the Front with the 39th (Ballarat) Battalion. On arriving in England he was transferred to the 10th Light Mortar Battery. The fallen soldier was an native of Scotsburn,
and leaves a widow and daughter. For gallantry in action he was awarded the D.C.M.