John Bett LAWSON MC

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LAWSON, John Bett

Service Number: 218
Enlisted: 18 October 1915
Last Rank: Lieutenant
Last Unit: 41st Infantry Battalion
Born: Edentown, Fife, Scotland., date not yet discovered
Home Town: Townsville, Townsville, Queensland
Schooling: Dumikiln School, Kirkealdy, Fifeshire, Scotland
Occupation: Clerk
Died: Killed in Action, France, 29 September 1918, age not yet discovered
Cemetery: No known grave - "Known Unto God"
Memorials: Townsville Cenotaph
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World War 1 Service

18 Oct 1915: Enlisted AIF WW1, Company Quartermaster Sergeant, SN 218, 41st Infantry Battalion
18 May 1916: Involvement SN 218, 41st Infantry Battalion
18 May 1916: Embarked SN 218, 41st Infantry Battalion, HMAT Demosthenes, Sydney
1 Aug 1918: Honoured Military Cross, He was awarded the MC for conspicuous gallantry for having initiative and devotion to duty on 8th August 1918 east of Hamel when he mounted a tank, propped up a dug-out killing some enemy and capturing 70 prisoners.
29 Sep 1918: Involvement AIF WW1, Lieutenant, 41st Infantry Battalion

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Biography contributed by Geoffrey Gillon

He was 26 and the son of William Lawson and Annie H. Thomson Lawson, of 8, Union St., Stirling, Scotland. He is one of some 20 Australian casualties of the Great War who are commemorated on the Kirkcaldy War Memorial.

He was a Private until 22nd February 1916. He became a CSM [WO Class II] on 1st March 1917. Company Sergeant Major Lawson was promoted to Second Lieutenant on 1st December 1917. He was promoted to Lieutenant on 1st August 1918  

He was awarded the MC for conspicuous gallantry for having initiative and devotion to duty on 8th August 1918 east of Hamel when he mounted a tank, propped up a dug-out killing some enemy and capturing 70 prisoners.

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