Laurence OLSEN

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OLSEN, Laurence

Service Number: WX647
Enlisted: 10 November 1939, Northam, Western Australia
Last Rank: Private
Last Unit: 2nd/11th Infantry Battalion
Born: Freemantle, Western Australia, 14 January 1909
Home Town: North Fremantle, Fremantle, Western Australia
Schooling: Not yet discovered
Occupation: Waterside worker
Died: Killed In Action, Crete, Crete, Greece, 20 May 1941, aged 32 years
Cemetery: Suda Bay War Cemetery (Souda Bay) Greece
Memorials: Australian War Memorial Roll of Honour
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World War 2 Service

10 Nov 1939: Enlisted Private, SN WX647, Northam, Western Australia
10 Nov 1939: Enlisted Australian Military Forces (Army WW2), Private, SN WX647, 2nd/11th Infantry Battalion
30 Apr 1941: Involvement Private, SN WX647, 2nd/11th Infantry Battalion, "Operation Lustre" Greece 1941

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Biography contributed by John Edwards

"...WX647 Private Laurence Olsen, 2/11th Battalion, Australian Infantry. Private Olsen, aged 32, died while defending the island of Crete against the German land and airborne invasion on 20 May 1941. He was the son of Albert and Nora Olsen, of North Fremantle, WA. He is buried in the Suda Bay Cemetery Section 5, Row A, Plot 3..." - SOURCE (www.awm.gov.au)