William Lars LARSEN

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LARSEN, William Lars

Service Number: 3816
Enlisted: 18 September 1915, Brisbane, Queensland
Last Rank: Private
Last Unit: 31st Infantry Battalion
Born: Rockhampton, Queensland, 22 August 1897
Home Town: New Farm, Brisbane, Queensland
Schooling: Not yet discovered
Occupation: Labourer
Died: Died of wounds, Belgium, 28 September 1917, aged 20 years
Cemetery: Lijssenthoek Military Cemetery
Tree Plaque: Yeronga Avenue of Honour
Memorials: Australian War Memorial Roll of Honour, Cairns Boys' State School, Yeronga War Memorial
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World War 1 Service

18 Sep 1915: Enlisted AIF WW1, Private, SN 3816, Brisbane, Queensland
30 Dec 1915: Involvement AIF WW1, Private, SN 3816, 9th Infantry Battalion, Enlistment/Embarkation WW1
30 Dec 1915: Embarked AIF WW1, Private, SN 3816, 9th Infantry Battalion, HMAT Itonus, Brisbane
11 Oct 1916: Transferred AIF WW1, Private, 31st Infantry Battalion
28 Sep 1917: Involvement AIF WW1, Private, SN 3816, 31st Infantry Battalion, Polygon Wood

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Biography contributed by John Edwards

Son of Frederick Larsen and Charlotte White

"LARSEN.— On the 28th September, 1917, Private Lars William, died gunshot wounds in chest in France, aged 20. Inserted by his loving brothers, George and Fred, on active service, and foster mother, M. Marshall, Brunswick street." - from the Brisbane Telegraph 07 Oct 1917 (nla.gov.au)

"MARSHALL and LARSEN. — On 1st September, 1916, Stephen Francis, eldest son of M. Marshall, Brunswick street, New Farm, killed in action at Mouquet Farm, aged 19½ years. Also William Lars Larsen, foster son, died of wounds, 28th September, 1917, received at Polygon Wood, aged 20 years. Sadly missed.

Inserted by their affectionate mother and brothers, Tom, Charlie, (Fred and George, on active service).

Friends may think I have forgotten,
When at times they see me smile;
But they do not know the sorrow
That a mother's smile can hide. — Mother." - from the Brisbane Telegraph 01 Sep 1919 (nla.gov.au)

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