Lawrence Ralph PATZEL

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PATZEL, Lawrence Ralph

Service Number: 6810
Enlisted: 5 September 1916
Last Rank: Private
Last Unit: 10th Infantry Battalion
Born: Mount Gambier, South Australia, Australia, 27 December 1891
Home Town: Mount Gambier, Mount Gambier, South Australia
Schooling: Mount Gambier Public School, South Australia
Occupation: Farmer
Died: Died of wounds received during the raid on Celtic Wood on 9 October 1917, Belgium, 12 October 1917, aged 25 years
Cemetery: Lijssenthoek Military Cemetery
Plot XX, Row J, Grave No. 3A, Lijssenthoek Military Cemetery, Lijssenthoek, Flanders, Belgium
Memorials: Adelaide National War Memorial, Australian War Memorial Roll of Honour, Mount Gambier RSL Pictorial Honour Roll, Mount Gambier War Memorial, Yahl Memorial Hall Honour Board, Yahl WW1 Honour Board
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World War 1 Service

5 Sep 1916: Enlisted AIF WW1, Private, SN 6810, 10th Infantry Battalion
7 Nov 1916: Embarked AIF WW1, Private, SN 6810, 10th Infantry Battalion, --- :embarkation_roll: roll_number: '10' embarkation_place: Adelaide embarkation_ship: HMAT Afric embarkation_ship_number: A19 public_note: ''
30 Jul 1917: Involvement AIF WW1, Private, SN 6810, 10th Infantry Battalion, Third Ypres
20 Sep 1917: Involvement AIF WW1, Private, SN 6810, 10th Infantry Battalion, Polygon Wood
9 Oct 1917: Wounded AIF WW1, Private, 10th Infantry Battalion, Third Ypres, Shrapnel wound abdomen
12 Oct 1917: Involvement AIF WW1, Private, SN 6810, 10th Infantry Battalion, Third Ypres

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Biography contributed by Robert Kearney

RAID ON CELTIC WOOD

6810 Private Laurence Ralph Patzel a farmer from Mount Gambier, South Australia was recorded on the Field Return as wounded on 8 October. His service record shows he was treated at 3rd Field Ambulance on 9 October with wounds to the abdomen and died at 17th Casualty Clearing Station on 12 October.

Since the Field Return date covers the period noon 8 October –noon 9 October and he was treated at 3rd Field Ambulance on 9 October it can be said with considerable certainty that he was wounded on the raid.

Laid to rest in Lijssenthoek Military Cemetery, Belgium.

Information courtesy Robert Kearney

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