John Frederick LAWRY MM

LAWRY, John Frederick

Service Number: 5078
Enlisted: 19 August 1915, Melbourne, Vic.
Last Rank: Second Corporal
Last Unit: 12th Field Company Engineers
Born: Wyalong, New South Wales, Australia, 17 November 1896
Home Town: Northcote, Darebin, Victoria
Schooling: Taradale School, Victoria, Australia
Occupation: Fruiterer
Died: 21 August 1982, aged 85 years, cause of death not yet discovered, place of death not yet discovered
Cemetery: Not yet discovered
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World War 1 Service

19 Aug 1915: Enlisted AIF WW1, Sapper, SN 5078, 2nd Field Company Engineers, Melbourne, Vic.
17 Dec 1915: Involvement Sapper, SN 5078, 2nd Field Company Engineers
17 Dec 1915: Embarked Sapper, SN 5078, 2nd Field Company Engineers, HMAT Berrima, Sydney
15 Mar 1916: Transferred AIF WW1, Sapper, 12th Field Company Engineers, Egypt
8 Aug 1916: Involvement AIF WW1, Sapper, SN 5078, 12th Field Company Engineers, Mouquet Farm
1 Oct 1916: Wounded AIF WW1, Sapper, SN 5078, 12th Field Company Engineers, No details. Remained at duty (France).
11 Apr 1917: Involvement AIF WW1, Sapper, SN 5078, 12th Field Company Engineers, Bullecourt (First)
7 Jun 1917: Involvement AIF WW1, Sapper, SN 5078, 12th Field Company Engineers, Messines
23 Sep 1917: Promoted AIF WW1, Lance Corporal, 12th Field Company Engineers, Belgium
5 Apr 1918: Wounded AIF WW1, Lance Corporal, SN 5078, 12th Field Company Engineers, German Spring Offensive 1918, No details (Dernancourt, France)
15 Apr 1918: Involvement AIF WW1, Lance Corporal, SN 5078, 12th Field Company Engineers, German Spring Offensive 1918
21 Apr 1918: Honoured Military Medal, German Spring Offensive 1918, On the morning of 5th April 1918, near DERNANCOURT, this N.C.O. displayed great bravery and devotion to duty during an attack by the enemy in overwhelming numbers.
8 Oct 1918: Promoted AIF WW1, Second Corporal , 12th Field Company Engineers, England
14 Jun 1919: Discharged AIF WW1, Second Corporal , SN 5078, 12th Field Company Engineers, RTA 2 March 1919. Discharged as medically unfit (no details).

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Military Medal

'On the morning of 5th April 1918, near DERNANCOURT, this N.C.O. displayed great bravery and devotion to duty during an attack by the enemy in overwhelming numbers. He assisted his Officer in organising an Engineer working party in a support line under very heavy fire. Several men being wounded, he went to their assistance and was himself wounded. He, however, continued to adjust field dressings with the utmost bravery even after being wounded a second time.'
Source: 'Commonwealth Gazette' No. 185
Date: 27 November 1918

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