Ernest Alfred LAWRENCE

LAWRENCE, Ernest Alfred

Service Number: 8
Enlisted: 18 August 1914
Last Rank: Private
Last Unit: 4th Light Horse Brigade Machine Gun Squadron
Born: Horsham Victoria, Australia, August 1886
Home Town: Elsternwick, Glen Eira, Victoria
Schooling: Not yet discovered
Occupation: Traveller
Died: Elwood, Victoria, Australia, 20 July 1933, cause of death not yet discovered
Cemetery: St Kilda Cemetery, Victoria
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World War 1 Service

18 Aug 1914: Enlisted AIF WW1, Private, SN 8, 1st Light Horse Brigade HQ
21 Oct 1914: Involvement Private, SN 8, 1st Light Horse Brigade HQ
21 Oct 1914: Embarked Private, SN 8, 1st Light Horse Brigade HQ, HMAT Orvieto, Melbourne
19 Jan 1915: Promoted AIF WW1, Corporal, 1st Light Horse Brigade HQ
20 Jan 1915: Promoted AIF WW1, Lance Sergeant, 1st Light Horse Brigade HQ, acting Sergeant Major 22/2/1915
14 Mar 1917: Promoted AIF WW1, Private, 1st Light Horse Brigade HQ, AWOL - court martial, reduced to ranks.
24 Mar 1917: Transferred AIF WW1, Lance Sergeant, 4th Light Horse Brigade HQ
4 Aug 1917: Transferred AIF WW1, Private, 4th Light Horse Brigade Machine Gun Squadron
24 Feb 1919: Discharged AIF WW1, Private, SN 8, 4th Light Horse Brigade Machine Gun Squadron, 3rd MD, malaria

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Biography contributed by Evan Evans

From AWM

Nurse Clarice Daley and Sergeant Ernest Lawrence married in October 1915 at the Church Camp, West Lemnos. Clarice of No 3 Australian General Hospital and Ernest, of the 1st Light Brigade Headquarters had known each other in Melbourne but their match was not well regarded by Clarice's family. Ernest enlisted in August 1914 and much had been experienced by the time the two met again. In February 1916 Jessie returned to Australia, and was discharged in July, presumably because she was now married. Ernest returned to Australia in November 1918 and the two commenced their life together, going on to have four children. Ernest died on the 20th July 1933, aged 49 years. Their marriage certificate is held in the Private Records collection of the Australian War Memorial.

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